India thump Afghanistan in maiden Test

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Cheteshwar Pujara also contributed with 35 runs before Afghanistan bowlers fight back to reduce India to 347-6 at the end of the day's play.

However, Pandya chose to attack after Ashwin's departure as he hit a flurry of boundaries in Ravindra Jadeja's (20) company. At one stage India looked headed for a massive total but the visitors scripted a fantastic comeback to prevent the hosts from posting a big total.

"K.L. Rahul also played well", Rahane said.

In a rare and heart-touching gesture, Rahane later called the Afghan team for the victory photo opportunity and also handed over the trophy to the debutants to boost their morale.

Earlier, the hosts made a ideal start to their innings as openers Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan shared a huge 168-run stand for the first wicket after electing to bat first. I am used to his bowling and that was an advantage for sure.

"I am really happy with the way I have been batting".

It was the 21st time that a Test had finished inside two days and just the fourth that a team was bowled out twice in a day.

"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".

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BCCI acting president, CK Khanna said, "Scoring a century in the first session is an incredible feat".

"I congratulate the Board of Cricket Control in India and the Afghanistan Cricket Board for organising this historic Test match".

Ashwin got rid of Yamin Ahmadzai and Mohammad Nabi in consecutive overs, and Jadeja dismissed Mujeeb Ur Rahman stumped just in time for tea.

Once the top-order was blown away by Umesh and Ishant, Ashwin and Jadeja made short work of the middle and lower-order as the second day turned into a totally mismatch.

"As a cricket fan I salute you all for bringing Afghanistan great pride", Jamal Sahar Kanwal from the eastern city of Jalalabad wrote on Facebook. It's only their first Test and they'll keep getting better as they play more.

He, however, was quick enough to add that the "biggest positive is the way" the bowlers performed. These guys are experienced and they know what to do, so it was really simple.

Jadeja, playing his first test of the calendar year, was at 20 when was caught on the long-on boundary for Mohammad Nabi's first test wicket.

Two front-line spinners are not always seen as an essential requirement in a starting XI in England, but Rahane said the spin duo have shown they are more than capable. Yes, we were surprised by how quickly things ended because we were a good team.

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