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Afsar Zazai loses his stumps to an Ishant Sharma beauty

India v Afghanistan, Only Test, Bengaluru, 2nd day

Afghanistan 'by no means happy' with their performance

Afghanistan will need a lot more cricket against established Test teams' A sides if this promotion to Test is to work, their coach Phil Simmons feels

Rashid Khan celebrates Ajinkya Rahane's wicket

India v Afghanistan, Only Test, 1st day, Bengaluru

How Afghanistan found their feet in two sessions

As their first day in Test whites progressed, a few harsh lessons and rain breaks were all they needed to learn better

Afghanistan's players perform the <i>Champion</i> dance to celebrate their victory

India v Afghanistan, only Test, Bengaluru

The stirring journey of a team of nomads

Afghanistan's players have surmounted incredible odds to change the image of their country in the lead-up to their maiden Test in Bengaluru

Mohammad Shahzad scoops a single down the ground during his 80

Afghanistan in India 2018

Mohammad Shahzad, the original Afghan superstar

You've seen his "Champyan" dance, seen him hit sixes because running is tiring, celebrate even before completing stumpings. What you've not seen is his struggle to keep doing what he has done all his life: play cricket

Rashid Khan became the fastest to 100 ODI wickets

Afghanistan v Bangladesh, 3rd T20I, Dehradun

The grind behind Afghanistan's last-ball magic

Without nutrition on bodies bound to flag because of fasting, Afghanistan have religiously maintained admirable training regimes, and it showed

Rashid Khan takes flight after snaring a wicket

Afghanistan v Bangladesh, 2nd T20I, Dehradun

Afghanistan show better tactical acumen than Bangladesh

In averting the kind of slip-ups made by Bangladesh, in backing the hitting power of their middle and lower-middle order, Afghanistan prove they know how to win and are ready for a bigger challenge