CricViz Analysis: India v Afghanistan Review

CricViz reviews the one-off Test between India and Afghanistan.

24 – Number of wickets that fell on day two of this Test, making it the fourth-highest ever and the highest in a Test in Asia.

– Shikhar Dhawan became the sixth man to score a Test century before lunch on day one of a Test. The other five players to achieve the feat are: Victor Trumper, Charles Macartney, Don Bradman, Majid Khan and David Warner. 

19.9 – Murali Vijay struggled to come to grips with the conditions in the first hour of the Test match, playing false shots to 19.9% of the deliveries he faced in the first 13 overs – the second highest percentage of his career at that stage of the innings. However, he managed to survive and gradually eased into his innings – with his false shot percentage dropping to 11.7% after the 14th over – before he progressed to his 12th Test century.

53.2% – Percentage of good length deliveries bowled by Rashid Khan – the lowest proportion of any spinner in the match. In the first two sessions of the Test this figure was even worse with just 42% of his deliveries on a good length – in that time he conceded 95 runs in 15 overs. After tea he recovered and pitched 62.2% on a good length and regained some control of his economy rate as a result.

75% & 74% – The percentage of balls bowled on a good length by Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin – a significant improvement on Rashid Khan’s figure. Jadeja and Ashwin took 6 for 35 and 5 for 59 in the Test respectively, reducing their bowling averages in home Tests to 19.64 and 21.80.

 30.5% – Afghanistan’s attacking shot percentage in the first innings – the highest attacking shot percentage by any team in 29 innings in Tests in India. In the second innings they attacked 27.1% of deliveries – which although a decrease on the first innings was still well above the average in India since 2010 of 22.7% – the highest attacking shot percentage in any country in that time is 26.7% in Bangladesh – a figure surpassed in both innings by Afghanistan which underlines their aggressive approach.

2 – The number of false shots that Ajinkya Rahane played in his 45-ball stay, getting out to the second one. This was the lowest percentage of false shots played by any batsman in the entire game but frustratingly for Rahane, who has struggled to get any kind of form going at home, it yielded in just ten runs. The failure brought his home Test average down to 32.87 as opposed to his away average of 52.05.

6 – The number at which Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai batted at in both innings of this Test, which was puzzling given his domestic record up the order. In first-class cricket, he had averaged 49.83 batting in the top five and 28.10 while batting lower than five and yet, in both the innings, he came out to bat at six when his team was in strife.

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