India recorded its biggest win in Test cricket

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India v Afghanistan: Test debutants beaten inside two days

India smashed Afghanistan in the latter's inaugural Test inside two days by a huge margin of innings and 262 runs. If the loss wasn't embarrassing enough, the fact that the Indian bowlers cleaned them up twice in a single day added further insult to the injury.

And it is only the 21st time a Test has ended inside two days.

In September 2001, two prime Sri Lankan batsmen - Marvan Atapattu and Mahela Jayawardena retired from the game after scoring 201 and 150 runs, respectively, against Bangladesh in a match in the Asia Test Championship in Colombo, thanks to the visitors' insipid bowling.

While Afghanistan's players may have been desperate to play Test cricket, to be granted that status and designation by the International Cricket Council, they needed a lot more than just being invited to turn up and play a Test match.

Rahane was also full of praise for the Afghanistan team and said "credit to Afghanistan, they were fantastic".

Ashwin managed to take 4 wickets during the first inning while Jadeja shine well during the second inning as he managed to take four wickets, according to Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB). But they made their (losing) test debuts at home, and didn't face world No 1 India, which has lost only one test at home in almost six years.

Coming after a county stint, Pujara was expected to make the most of this game before he next plays for India in the all-crucial England series.

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.

The BCCI posted a video of the moment on its Twitter page and tweeted, "What a brilliant gesture from #TeamIndia to ask @ACBofficials players to pose with them with the Trophy". Struggling with the timing in the initial stages, the opener was more than happy to wait and watch from the other end as Dhawan made hay.

Since gaining one day worldwide status in 2009, the Afghans have qualified for their second 50-over World Cup in England and Wales next year.

All is certainly not lost, for no team has begun its journey in Test cricket being the finished product. The Afghans' dream of scripting a fairytale turned into a virtual nightmare as they were found to be 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. They have got some variations, Jadeja bowled the same line and length but with his discipline, it is not easy for a batsman to hit.

"We are not taking it on ourselves, there was a lesson to be learned", he said.

Earlier on Day One, the hosts made a flawless 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.

Fall of wickets: 1-168 (Dhawan, 28.4), 2-280 (Vijay, 51.5), 3-284 (Rahul, 52.1), 4-318 (Rahane, 66.3), 5-328 (Pujara, 69.5), 6-334 (Karthik, 74.5), 7-369 (Ashwin, 85.5), 8-436 (Jadeja, 98.5), 9-440 (Pandya, 99.2).

A decent contribution of 20 with the bat, six wickets with the ball and some sizzling display on the field.

Stanikzai, Mohammad Nabi (24), Rashid Khan (7), Yamin Ahmadzai (0) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (15) were packed up by the spinning duo in no time. "So, I think that's the best way for us to close this gap", he said.

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