Ajinkya Rahane Wins Hearts With His Sporting Gesture After India-Afghanistan Clash

Doug Mendoza
June 16, 2018

Cricket has become the national sport of the country torn apart by decades of war but the first five-day game turned into a Test of fire for the Afghans. R Ashwin took a four-wicket haul in the first innings while Ravindra Jadeja finished with the match haul of 6/35. They survived just 27.5 overs in the second session in Bangalore.

Earlier the Afghans fell for 109 in 27.5 overs in their first innings, seeking to counter a formidable Indian score of 474. However, he has struggled to cement his spot in the limited-overs teams and his current form with the bat in the longest format hasn't met expectations either. Yes, we were surprised by how quickly things ended because we were a good team. The Ashes Test match between England and Australia at the Oval in 1896 had also seen 24 wickets fall on Day 2. "Disappointed with the batting, but it is good for the future". "We have a lot of time and we will work on our weaknesses" he added. Following on in the second innings, Afghanistan were bowled out for a paltry 103 runs.

Hashmatullah Shahidi put the brakes on by striking an unbeaten 36 off 88 deliveries but ran out of partners.

India's Ravichandran Ashwin (left), who claimed five wickets in the match, and Murali Vijay celebrate after their win over Afghanistan in the one-off cricket test in Bangalore.

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"More and more they play any opponent, they will learn from them". Simmons, however, remained optimistic about the current group."First, their learning curve is huge". But I do believe they want to succeed, they want to be good at it and they work very hard.

Dhawan, who smashed a merciless 107, and Vijay, who made 105, hit the Afghan spinners including teen sensation Rashid Khan to all parts of the ground.

"You can play as many four days matches, but facing number one team in the world has showed in a big way how competent Test cricket is", he said. With their bowling, they can do a bit of damage to any other team. "It's just the beginning for them", Rahane told reporters. "It may have been more competitive but you wouldn't have learned as much as you did from this game because when you play against the best you will know how much you have to do to get where they are", Simmons said. They tried their best.

"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.

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