A mountain to climb: Simmons

A mountain to climb: Simmons

A mountain to climb: Simmons

"We wanted to create such a pitch because we are going to play five Tests in England so that we could get practice as per what we are going to get in England, ' Rahane said". Jadeja was the most economical bowler for India in the second innings with his brilliant figures of four for 17 followed by Umesh Yadav's three for 24 and Ishant Sharma's two wickets for 17 runs.

In the holy month of Ramadan, under the leadership of Virat Kohli's deputy Ajinkya Rahane, India locked the horns with Afghanistan in the historic one-off Test match at Bengaluru. It is just the first game and they have a long way to travel. Test cricket is about attitude and patience. The combined first-class tally of the Irish team amounted to 1103 matches, which was more than that of Pakistan - 799 matches. Yes, the same men who stood with their chest out and tears in their eyes during the anthem on occasion of their first Test. South Africa made 84 in its very first test innings and, more recently, Ireland 130.

Simmons hoped his side would get to play tour games against Test sides that come to India, as has been promised by the BCCI secretary. And this is not first time that two innings are over in one day. It is more about the manner of losing.

"The more and more they play, against any opponent, they will learn from them".

"It's a mountain to climb".

The first innings was all over in less than 28 overs.

Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja made up for the early loss of Ashwin with a 67-run partnership, during which Pandya brought up his fifty, before Jadeja was dismissed by Mohammad Nabi for 20.

The innings total of 109 was the lowest in a test at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, eclipsing the 112 by Australia in 2017. The first innings lasted 27.5 overs and the second 38.4, making it the shortest ever Test in the sub-continent.

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Ireland are the side Afghanistan have measured themselves against for much of the past decade.

From an individual perspective too, the onus was on middle order batsmen to establish their places.

Ahmadzai was the pick of the bowlers for Afghanistan with three wickets for 51 runs but it was a disappointing debut for spin spearhead Rashid Khan, who was hit for 154 runs for his two wickets.

To play a five-day Test game, the players will need to lot fitter than playing in ODIs and T20Is.

But India's bowling was tough to contend with.

However, Pandya chose to attack after Ashwin's departure as he hit a flurry of boundaries in Ravindra Jadeja's (20) company. Rashid Khan and Wafadar took two wickets each. "We have a lot of time.to work on our weakness", Stanikzai said.

In September 2001, two prime Sri Lankan batsmen - Marvan Atapattu and Mahela Jayawardena retired from the game after scoring 201 and 150 runs, respectively, against Bangladesh in a match in the Asia Test Championship in Colombo, thanks to the visitors' insipid bowling. "Disappointed with the batting, but it is good for the future". India were reduced to 347-6 giving away 5 wickets in the extended last session.

Senior pro Ashwin played a poor stroke, chasing a widish delivery from pacer Yamin Ahmadzai (3/51 in 19 overs) to be caught behind for 18. Overall, he faced 94 balls and hit 10 fours. He needs to get his act right and also get back to the drawing board ahead of the England tour.

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