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Clinical India register big win over Afghanistan in one-off Test

16 June 2018

"It was a damp pitch, the ball of course was swinging and seaming a bit but I was clear in my mind that I wanted to play positive cricket. We have a lot of time and we will work on our weaknesses" he added. After that, Afghanistan lost their ten wickets twice to lose the game.

Phil Simmons, the Afghanistan coach, agreed there was an "air of disappointment" at how the team collapsed twice in two sessions, but said the learning from the experience was huge.

To get used to the conditions in England for the five-match Test series, the management this time chose to play the limited-overs leg comprising 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is before the Test matches. "We were surprised with the match ending in two days because our team is good. Insha'Allah (God willing), we can do well", the 30-year-old batsman said. But I do believe they want to succeed, they want to be good at it and they work very hard.

But Hardik Pandya's aggressive 71 kept the hosts in control of the one-off game.

Rahane was full of praise for his batting unit, especially openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay, both of whom scored centuries in India's total.

Dhawan hit 19 fours and three sixes as he set about the Afghan bowlers including spin sensation Rashid Khan, smashing three boundaries in the teenager's opening over to bring up his 50.

Afghanistan took four Indian wickets late on Thursday to raise hopes of a fightback.

Rahane, for one, insisted this was "just the beginning" for them.

Every batsman seemed to be on a limited overs mode without any respect for an aspect called patience which is an integral component of Test cricket.

India skipper Ajinkya Rahane felt for his opponents and said Afghanistan will make the step up. However, he has seen this team learn a lot, and expected them to get to it.

"The first two sessions of day one did not go their way, but as the game progressed, they showed glimpses of what they are capable of, but I don't think they will be happy with their performance", said Simmons. It's only their first Test and they'll keep getting better as they play more. India bundled them out for 103 runs in 38.5 overs.

After learning cricket in refugee camps in Pakistan, Afghanistan have made giant strides, gaining one-day global status in 2009 and qualifying for their second 50-over World Cup in England and Wales next year.

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

Clinical India register big win over Afghanistan in one-off Test