India enforce follow-on after Afghanistan collapse for 109


It was a thoroughly professional performance by the No 1 team in the world.

"I will blame about 30 percent on the occasion and I'll blame a lot more on the naivety of what test cricket is about", Simmons explained. Both speedsters bowled to a probing channel and the Afghans were forced into committing mistakes.

Earlier in the day, India posted a strong 474 after Pandya scored his third half-century to build on the solid foundation laid by opening day centurions Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan.

Nabi was the only batsman to show some application and composure, while the rest surrendered meekly to the quality of the Indian attack.

"The way we played, especially batting, Shikhar (Dhawan), (Murali) Vijay, (Lokesh) Rahul and Hardik (Pandya)".

It is hard to simulate such a challenge, but India tried in Bengaluru. The left-arm spinner bagged four wickets while Umesh and Ishant bagged a couple each. He bowled in the flawless areas, and the Afghanistan batters were not able to adjust to the line and length. Not that it mattered much.

Nabi fell for a duck second time around after being promoted to number four, Yadav sending him on his way lbw following a review during a spell which saw four wickets fall for only five runs. His century against Afghanistan arrived in spite of a dearth of cricket of late.

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"Any hundred against any opponent is a special thing", stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane said. Vijay took his time and played after two months.

Dhawan also congratulated Afghanistan for its Test debut.

The high hopes of the Afghans were dashed as they were bowled out for 109 and 103 in pursuit of India's first innings total of 474 all out today.

With Virat Kohli running through yo-yo tests elsewhere on site in Bengaluru, it was a reminder that there are only a certain amount of batting berths to go round. He tossed one up outside the off-stump enticing the skipper to go for an expansive drive only to find it turn sharply disturbing the woodwork.

On the second morning, Afghanistan's plan to stick with the old ball paid dividends when Ravichandran Ashwin was caught behind on 18 off seamer Yamin Ahmadzai, ending a 35-run overnight stand with Pandya.

"In future when we play a match, we know now how to play against a full member nation like India". "We discussed before going into the field was that we will just keep it really simple, try and be attacking in our mindset", he said, adding: "Patience is the key as a bowling unit".

"We wanted to practise like what we are going to face in England". He took the leg-spinner to the cleaners from the word go and the expectation back home also seemed to get to the youngster as he kept pitching them short and wide.