Shikhar Dhawan reveals how he cracked the Rashid Khan code

India seal massive win after wickets tumble | cricket.com.au

India seal massive win after wickets tumble | cricket.com.au

Modi congratulated both the cricket boards and also wished luck to India and Afghanistan for the historic Test.

After a string of limited-overs matches in Ireland and England, they will play a five-Test series in the United Kingdom, starting in August.

Twenty-four wickets tumbled on the second day in Bengaluru.

Hashmatullah Shahidi was Afghanistan's top-scorer with 36 runs in the second innings as he and captain Asghar Stanikzai offered a little resistance in the follow-on but to no avail. Afghanistan came across painfully short of experience for the longest format and were bowled out for 109 and 103 in pursuit of India's first innings total of 474 all out on Friday. "It is always an honour to lead your country and we wanted to be ruthless", said Rahane, who captained India in regular skipper Virat Kohli's absence.

Dhawan also congratulated Afghanistan for its Test debut and said with time they will definitely improve in the traditional format of the game as they did in the limited overs. Disappointed with the batting, but it is good for the future. Umesh Yadav completed 100 wickets in Test matches while Ashwin (316 wickets) surpassed Zaheer Khan (311 wickets) to become India's fourth highest wicket-taker after Anil Kumble (619 wickets), Kapil Dev (434 wickets) and Harbhajan Singh (417 wickets).

Mohammad Nabi top scored with 24 as the Test new-boys just about reached three figures and they were teetering on 24-4 in their second innings following a devastating early burst from Yadav. For me, it was really easy as Ishant had just played county games and was in good rhythm.

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"The learning curve is huge", former West Indies player Simmons said after his team were thrashed by an innings and 262 runs in a total mismatch. "But they want to succeed and they work very hard but now we know that we have to work five times as hard", said Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons. "I believe that they will get there".

Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay laid the foundations of the big win during with a 168-run partnership on day one that exposed the Afghan bowlers' inexperience.

When Rashid Khan has been breaking through as an increasing mystery, Shikhar Dhawan just showed how to crack the myth of the rising Afghan spinner. We did not take Afghanistan lightly.

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

To help them get more exposure, the BCCI has also decided that Afghanistan will also get to play a practice match against teams visiting India.

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