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Asia Cup: It's 5.75 for all Indian wicket-takers

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As it happened, all four Indian wicket-takers ended up giving 23 runs in their quota of four overs in a 45-run win over Bangladesh in the tournament opener on Wednesday.

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 here on Wednesday finished with the same economy rate.

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.

But as it happened, all four Indian wicket-takers ended up giving 23 runs in their quota of four overs, which gave them an identical economy rate of 5.75.

Ashish Nehra ended up with figures of 3 for 23, Bumrah 1 for 23, Hardik Pandya 1 for 23 and R Ashwin 1 for 23. Jadeja, the fifth bowler used by Dhoni, gave away 25 runs in his spell without a wicket.

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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 6 in the stipulated 20 overs.

The bowlers then completed the job with ease, restricting the home team to 121 for 7.

first published:February 25, 2016, 09:14 IST