Jadeja, the spoilsport: Rare instance sees four Indian bowlers with economy rate of 5.75 in win over Bangladesh

Mirpur: In a rarest of rare instance in international cricket, four of the five Indian bowlers used in the opening Asia Cup Twenty20 encounter against Bangladesh, finished with the same economy rate.

Ashish Nehra was the pick of the bowlers. AFP

Ashish Nehra was the pick of the bowlers. AFP

And had it not been for the two wides left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja bowled in the final over, all the five bowlers would have finished with the same economy rate, a rarity in any form of international cricket.

Favourites India launched their campaign in style as they thrashed Bangladesh by 45 runs riding on a brilliant 83 by Rohit Sharma and a cameo by young Hardik Pandya. India put up 166 for six in the stipulated 20 overs.

The bowlers then completed the job with ease, restricting the home team to 121 for seven.

Veteran seamer Ashish Nehra was the pick of the Indian bowling attack, picking up three wickets for 23 runs in his quota of four overs.

The other bowlers - Jasprit Bumrah, Pandya and Ashwin picked - were not as successful as Nehra but conceded exactly the same number of runs from as many overs.

Jadeja could not join them as he finished with figures of 1/25.


Updated Date: Feb 25, 2016 17:11 PM

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