This was only the third time that a Test match ended in two days. As a result, the entire team was bowled out for 103. But their XI for the Malahide Test had actually played less first-class matches than the Irish team. It's only their first Test and they'll keep getting better as they play more.
It was what Phil Simmons, Afghanistan's coach, felt was a big takeaway from playing against a team like India rather than a lower-ranked team in their debut Test. It was a dream 17 years in the making, after Afghanistan's initiation as an International Cricket Council affiliate member back in.
Ravichandran Ashwin (4-27) then claimed four wickets to easily break Afghanistan's resistance in an innings spanning just 27.5 overs, while Ravindra Jadeja and paceman Ishant Sharma took two wickets each.
Making a comeback into the Test team after a gap of more than 8 years, it was the ideal opportunity for the wicket-keeper to make the selectors sweat when they sit down to pick the team for the England Test matches. However, he has seen this team learn a lot, and expected them to get to it.
"When you play against the best, you know how much work you have to do to get where they are", Simmons said. The highest number of wickets to have fallen in a day previously in India is 20: Mumbai 2004 against Australia, and Nagpur 2015 against South Africa.
He thus became the holder of the record of the most expensive bowler in the debut Test.
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. "Test cricket is a lot about attitude and patience". After first innings, they were trying to hang around and stick to the wicket.
It's easy to look at Afghanistan now and say "ah, another a Test playing nation" when they really should be saying "wow, what a story". Rahane said players from both teams shared good relationships, and mentioned the Afghans' keenness to learn. "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.
In reply to India's first-innings total of 474 runs, Afghanistan batsmen failed to counter world class Indian bowling attack and fell like a pack of cards to eventually bundle out for 109 runs in the first innings.
Dhawan hit 19 fours and three sixes as he set about the Afghan bowlers including spin sensation Rashid Khan, smashing three boundaries in the teenager's opening over to bring up his 50. "We were surprised with the match ending in two days because our team is good".
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).