“The way we played, especially batting, Shikhar [Dhawan], [Murali] Vijay, [KL] Rahul, and Hardik [Pandya] … We did not take Afghanistan lightly. It was important for us to keep the basics and good habits,” Rahane said at the post-match presentation ceremony. Dhawan (107) and Vijay (105) scored tons as Rahul (54) and Pandya (71) racked up half-centuries to blunt the Afghan spin threat and post a challenging total.
Rahane praised Afghanistan pace duo of Yamin Ahmadzai and Wafader Momand, who shared 5 wickets between them and looked good in the final session of the opening day.
“Their seamers bowled really well, especially in the third session yesterday and I am sure they will go a long way,” Rahane added.
Afghan skipper Asghar Stanikzai expressed surprise at the match getting over in two days, adding that their batting let them down: “We were surprised with the match ending in two days because our team is good. Disappointed with the batting, but it is good for the future. We have a lot of time and camps to work on our weakness. Thanks to the fans supporting both teams,” Stanikzai said. “We haven’t played a Test match before, and now we are learning what we need to do in the future against full members.”
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