Call it a quirk of fate, in one of the strangest things to happen in cricket, Bangladesh openers Shadman Islam and Imrul Kayes got off for identical scores in both the innings of the first Test match against India, with Indian bowlers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav getting the wickets, twice each, respectively at Indore.
In the first innings, Sharma had Islam caught behind for six runs of 24 runs, while Yadav had Kayes caught by Ajinkya Rahane for the same runs off 18 balls. Both the batsmen hit a four each.
The same thing happened during the second innings with Islam and Kayes falling to the Sharma and Yadav respectively - both bowled - for identical scores. Islam even faced an identical number of deliveries.
It looked like this:
Shadman Islam (6 off 24) c Saha b Ishant
Imrul Kayes (6 off 18) c A Rahane b Umesh
Shadman Islam (6 off 24) b Ishant
Imrul Kayes - (6 off 13) b Umesh
India were well placed for an innings wins with Mohammed Shami once again leading the charge. After 65 overs, Bangladesh were 204/7.
In reply to Bangladesh's first innings total of 150, India declared at 493/6.