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17 June 2018

Furthermore, India became the first Asian team to win a Test match inside two days. "Their bowlers really well, and I am sure the Afghanistan team will go a long way". And we must say it was a day full of action for the bowlers. It's only their first Test and they'll keep getting better as they play more.

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.

Afghanistan's historic first Test lasted all of two days.

With Afghanistan still trailing by 365 runs, India made a decision to enforce the follow on.

Ashwin managed to take 4 wickets during the first inning while Jadeja shine well during the second inning as he managed to take four wickets, according to Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB).

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"Test cricket is lot about attitude and patience and with that bowling they can damage any team".

Here are some tweets that appreciated the gesture by Rahane and team India. "I will blame 30 per cent on the occasion and a lot more on the naivety of what Test cricket is about", Simmons said. But the rain being a reoccurring enemy, the day was constantly interrupted, and it slowed down India's momentum. It was the first time a Test had finished so quickly on the subcontinent.

Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai was presented with a memento from former India all-rounder Salim Durani, who was born in Kabul, before the match began.

The difference between red and white ball, Test and limited overs cricket can be massive, particularly for a team with limited exposure in the longer format. In their first Test, they lost all 20 wickets in under 67 overs.

Hashmatullah Shahidi (36*) was the highest scorer for Afghanistan while the spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin (4/27) and Ravindra Jadeja (4/17) shared the spoils for the hosts.

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Umesh Yadav provided some fireworks towards the end of the innings as he smashed an unbeaten 26 off 21 balls before India were bowled out for 474 when Ishant Sharma was trapped lbw off the bowling of Rashid Khan for eight runs. Rahane said players from both teams shared good relationships, and mentioned the Afghans' keenness to learn.

"That is what I would take out of this game, that the players now see - it is not just me telling them - how tough Test cricket is".

Virtually every member of the team has witnessed conflict at close quarters in their home country, and many of them learned cricket in refugee camps in Pakistan. They came in with the deserved reputation of hitting big sixes, but most of their top and middle order did not fall trying to manufacture boundaries.

Pacer Yamin Ahmadzai was the peak of the bowlers with 3 for 52. "That is the best way to close this (domestic and global cricket) gap", he added.

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Afghanistan hit by Test reality