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India's stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane on Friday said his side were determined to be "ruthless" in their approach after the hosts demolished Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs inside two days in its debut Test match here.

Afghanistan succumbed to top-ranked India by an innings and 262 runs inside two days of its maiden cricket test on Friday (Saturday NZ Time).

As for Afghanistan, they became the third team in history to be bowled out twice on the same day of a Test match.

True, Afghanistan's bowlers tightened up a fair bit in the last session of the first day after being terribly profligate in the first two, but the flurry of wickets was caused more by the batsmen themselves - and not because of extravagant or self-indulgent strokeplay.

Given another chance to make their presence felt with the bat, Afghanistan failed to deliver once again as Yadav ripped through their top order, taking out Shahzad, Ahmadi and Nabi.

Hashmatullah Shahidi put the brakes on by striking an unbeaten 36 off 88 deliveries but ran out of partners. There have only been two editions of four-day cricket in their country and as it grows in popularity, it should produce players who can take this team forward. However, this instance happened for the 21st time in the Test cricket folklore.

Rahane: "As a Test team, they will improve the more they play".

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Pakistan are mercurial at best in Test cricket and they went into the tour of England and Ireland with a limited-overs side hoping to get them acclimatised to conditions of next year's World Cup in England.

"Test cricket is lot about attitude and patience and as I mentioned, with that bowling they can damage any team".

KL Rahul (54) and Cheteshwar Pujara (35) also made significant contributions before Afghanistan bowlers fight back as India lost five wickets for 99 runs in 32 overs. India is the world's top-ranked test side. Having seen off the first couple of overs, Dhawan was at his aggressive best as he made a decision to take on No.1 ranked T20 bowler Rashid Khan.

Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai was presented with a memento from former India all-rounder Salim Durani, who was born in Kabul, before the match began.

Ashwin scalped four wickets for 27 runs while Jadeja and Ishant picked up two wickets each to dismiss the visitors inside a session. It was Afghanistan's debut test match and an announcement of its arrival to the worldwide platform in Test Cricket! Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Umesh Yadav played useful knocks as the lower order added useful runs to the scoreboard. Also, India's next Test is against England, so winning momentum was important.

"Before, we had not played a test match, and now (we know). what we need to do", Stanikzai said. Had it been a dustbowl, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman could have been deadly. I am disappointed with the batting performances, but it was good learning for the future.

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