It was the fourth instance in test history of a team being bowled out twice in one day. However, this instance happened for the 21st time in the Test cricket folklore.
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India pushed on from an overnight score of 347-6 to reach 474, a total Afghanistan never looked like threatening.
Batting was always going to be Afghanistan's Achilles heel as the inexperienced line-up simply didn't have the technique or the temperament to face either quality pace bowling from Ishant Sharma (2/28 and 2/17) and Umesh Yadav (1/18 and 3/26) or the spin of Ravichandran Ashwin (4/27 and 1/32) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/18 and 4/17).
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Making a comeback into the Test team after a gap of more than 8 years, it was the flawless opportunity for the wicket-keeper to make the selectors sweat when they sit down to pick the team for the England Test matches. Thereafter, Scotland stunned world No1 ODI team England by six runs after scoring 371-5 in Edinburgh.
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.
One could perhaps get away with faltering on these three fronts in limited-overs cricket, and even that only to a certain degree in this day and age, but when it comes to the longest format, weak teams are given five days to be found out.
Most sides have struggled in their first test.
Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai said he was surprised by the margin of the defeat, but added that the team, with their new glowing red Test caps, would "learn lessons" from the loss. But putting the sporting spirit of the winning captain, it was a disaster for Test cricket. In their first Test, they lost all 20 wickets in under 67 overs.
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"We learnt a lot [by playing Afghanistan]".
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. Ishant, fresh from an impressive county stint, bowled a flawless line and got the new ball to dart back in cleaning up top-order batsmen.
Afghanistan's batting couldn't handle the pressure in their very first innings with the bat as they could stick around for only 27.5 overs with a total of 109 runs. Had it been a dustbowl, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman could have been deadly. After the first innings, [you could see their openers] were trying to stay on the wicket.
Pacer Yamin Ahmadzai was the peak of the bowlers with 3 for 52.
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