We wanted to be ruthless in our approach, says Ajinkya Rahane
Jun 17 2018 by Dustin Murphy
Afghan skipper Asghar Stanikzai expressed surprise at the match getting over in two days, adding that their batting let them down: "We were surprised with the match ending in two days because our team is good".
With the win, India became the first Asian team to win a Test match inside two days. The first innings lasted 27.5 overs and the second 38.4, making it the shortest ever Test in the sub-continent. "If two or three guys can bat for a longer period of time, they can be a decent Test side".
Cricket history otherwise is unflattering to teams playing their first Test.
Afghanistan started its maiden five-day test match in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru on Thursday, with the match attended by top government officials from both sides.
Ashwin was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Jadeja and Ishant took two wickets apiece.
Asked if facing a lower-ranked team on their debut made more sense, Simmons said the match may have been competitive in that case but they would not have learnt much as they did facing India, the number one Test side in the ICC rankings. In England, India, Bangladesh, Australia.
"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". Struggling with the timing in the initial stages, the opener was more than happy to wait and watch from the other end as Dhawan made hay.
8 Umesh Yadav became the eighth Indian pacer and 22nd Indian player overall to reach the milestone of 100 Test wickets.
If Mohammad Nabi showed the merits of patience in the first innings, it was Hashmatullah Shahidi in the second innings who put up some fight with an unbeaten 36 off 88 balls.
"What we discussed before going in to field is that we will just keep it really simple, try and be attacking with our mindset". The more they play any opponent, they will learn from them. While Vijay smashed 105 runs off 153 balls including 15 boundaries and one six, Dhawan hit 107-run knock off 96 balls-comprising of 19 boundaries and three sixes.
Kohli clears Yo-Yo test; Rayudu fails Virat Kohli is all set to take part in the two-match T20 Internationals in Ireland after comfortably clearing the Yo-Yo test but there was bad news for middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu, who is set to be dropped after failing to attain required parameters.
During the second day of the match and in their first inning, India managed to score 474 runs, by losing all their wickets. If Ashwin laughed his way to four wickets in the first innings, Jadeja ensured that he was the one laughing his way to the wickets column in the second. "I think that's the best way for us to close this gap".