Afghanistan demolished in two days in its maiden Test

India seal massive win after wickets tumble | cricket.com.au

Ajinkya Rahane said he was surprised to win the match in two days and hoped Afghanistan would learn from this.

All the Indian bowlers contributed their bit and bowled out Afghanistan twice in a single day to register India's first even two-day test win.

Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay hit centuries for India, while Hashmatullah Shahidi top scored for Afghanistan with 36 in the second innings. But their XI for the Malahide Test had actually played less first-class matches than the Irish team.

Cricket - India v Afghanistan - Afghanistan Team's Press Conference - Bengaluru, India - June 13, 2018 - Afghanistan's cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai (C), Afghanistan cricket team coach Phil Simmons (L) and Afghanistan's National Team Manager Shir Agha Hamkar address a news conference.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan, who have fast established themselves as a force to reckon with in the shorter formats, have become the 12th side to feature in men's Test cricket after Ireland debuted against Pakistan last month.

Rahane was also full of praise for the Afghanistan team and said "credit to Afghanistan, they were fantastic".

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja took six wickets, including 4-17 in the second innings, and Ravichandran Ashwin claimed five, including 4-27 in the first. This is India's biggest ever innings victory in Test matches. "So for me, it was just standing at slip and concentrating", said Rahane, whose next assignment will be turning up for India A in a warm-up game against England Lions (A) at Worcester from July 16-19.

Rahane said they need not wait for the matches to come their way, and that's because they have bowlers in their ranks who can give them good practice. The highest number of wickets to have fallen in a day previously in India is 20: Mumbai 2004 against Australia, and Nagpur 2015 against South Africa.

It's easy to look at Afghanistan now and say "ah, another a Test playing nation" when they really should be saying "wow, what a story". It was the first time a Test had finished so quickly on the subcontinent.

Afghanistan's captain Asghar Stanikzai was disappointed at the result, but said lots of lessons will be learnt from a hard debut and thanked the fans for their support. There is a reason the best of the rest in Test cricket regard India as a major frontier to conquer.

The first innings was all over in less than 28 overs. The more they play any opponent, they will learn from them.

And Afghanistan isn't only about Rashid Khan or Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

"What we discussed before going in to field is that we will just keep it really simple, try and be attacking with our mindset. So, I think that's the best way for us to close this gap", he said.

Afghanistan were bowled out for a paltry 109 in the first innings and were asked to follow-on.

Pacer Yamin Ahmadzai was the peak of the bowlers with 3 for 52.

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