Bangladeshi pacers second best in 2018 ODIs
Bangladesh’s fast bowlers have had a great year in ODIs in 2018. They have ended up the year on a high with 90 wickets.
Bangladeshi pacers’ 90 wickets came out of the total 142 wickets they took this year. They have the best economy rate (4.70), second-best average among the pacers of 12 full-member nations. The Tiger pacers have a strike rate of 32.61 (fifth-best).
The fast bowlers have played major role in almost all ODI series/tournaments this year. Their away series win (2-1) against Windies and reaching the finals of Asia Cup reflect that. The home ODI series against Zimbabwe and Windies also saw exemplary performance from Bangladesh pacers.
South African seamers have scalped the most – 97 wickets in 17 ODIs in 2018. England (89) and Pakistan (89) are other two nations to have more than 80 wickets taken by pacers. India’s fast bowlers did not have a great year as they bagged second-lowest 62 wickets at an average of 37.70.
Pacers only from South Africa, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Ireland and Sri Lanka have taken wickets at average lower than 30. Ireland have the best average – 24.76. Sri Lanka seamers have the best strike rate (28.66).
Although spinners from India and Afghanistan have dominated the year, Tendai Chatara (30 wickets), Mustafizur Rahman (29), Lungi Ngidi (26), Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (26) and Thisara Perera (25) are only pacers to have taken over 25 wickets.
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