Stats: Most Wickets Taken in a Day in Test Match Cricket
Records crumbled in the historic Test match between India and Afghanistan in Bengaluru.
A total of 24 wickets went down on day two of the Bengaluru Test. Afghanistan took India’s four wickets in the first session. Furthermore, India was able to skittle out the Afghan team twice on the same day.
Thus, 24 wickets in a day became the third-joint highest record for most wickets in a day in Test cricket.
All the other instances involve England and Australia. 27 wickets were taken in the early days of cricket in 1888 between England and Australia at home of cricket, Lord’s.
India was too strong for the Afghanistan side.
The other instances are 25 wickets in the match between Australia and England at Melbourne in 1902. Furthermore, 24 wickets were taken between England and Australia at The Oval in 1896.
Meanwhile, Indian team proved too strong for the depleted Afghanistan side. Ravichandran Ashwin scalped four wickets in the first innings. Moreover, Ashwin’s spin partner Ravindra Jadeja took four wickets in the second innings.
Furthermore, Indian fast bowlers also demolished the top order of the visitors. In fact, Afghanistan batsmen didn’t have the skills to tackle the number one Test team in the world.
Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay scored centuries for the Indian team. In fact, Shikhar became the first Indian and sixth overall batsman to score a hundred before the lunch session on Day 1 of Test cricket. Dhawan was on song, as he smashed 19 boundaries and three maximums in his blistering knock of 107 runs.
Thus, the Ajinkya Rahane-led team was able to cruise to an easy win in the historic Test match against Afghanistan. It was a good learning experience for the Afghan side, and they must have taken their lessons after playing their maiden Test match.
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