Web Desk(June 15, 2018): India 474 beat Afghanistan 109 by an innings and 262 runs.
Afghanistan brought out their best in the final session once again, but the game had swung so far out of their reach that the second day of their first Test proved to be the last one. Purely on numbers, it was a colossal defeat, by an innings and 262 runs, and the flattening reality of being bowled out twice in a day – only India and Zimbabwe had suffered that before – will take a while to get over. At different points in the day, Afghanistan was done in by different bowlers. Ravindra Jadeja got the last piece of the pie, finishing the second innings with 4 for 17.
Their first innings of 109 lasted a session, between lunch and tea, and their second innings of 103 did not last much longer. India needed only 66.3 overs to take 20 wickets and complete their first ever two-day Test win.
The flailing effort was best signified by how Afghanistan lost their three most experienced batsmen in the first innings: in complete surrender.