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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.

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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).

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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.

Total wickets and number of wickets taken by pacers in ODIs in 2018. ©bdcrictime.com

 

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.

Numbers of pacers in ODIs in 2018 (countrywise)-

Teams Matches Wickets taken by pacers Overs bowled Average Economy Strike rate
South Africa 17 97 511.1 28.12 5.33 31.61
Bangladesh 20 90 489.1 25.57 4.70 32.61
England 24 89 580.1 37.84 5.80 39.11
Pakistan 18 80 414.4 28.63 5.52 31.10
Australia 13 77 456.2 34.70 5.85 35.55
Zimbabwe 26 77 543.3 39.48 5.59 42.35
Ireland 13 75 393.2 24.76 4.72 31.48
Windies 18 72 471.1 37.12 5.67 39.26
Sri Lanka 17 71 339.1 25.60 5.36 28.66
New Zealand 13 68 404.2 31.33 5.27 35.67
India 20 62 418.5 37.70 5.58 40.53
Afghanistan 20 42 324.3 38.07 4.92 46.35

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