IPL's big hits are bargains as millions are wasted on Flintoff and Pietersen

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Those familiar with Premier League football will know all about expensive transfer mistakes. Just ask Nottingham Forest fans about Andrea Silenzi. With the Indian Premier League into its second season, the eight franchises are also finding out the hard way that a substantial outlay doesn't quite equate to standout performances on the pitch.

At the February auction in Goa Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen went for a combined total of $3.1m (£2m). An expensive investment as it turned out. Between them, they scored 155 runs in nine innings before heading back home. Pietersen at least redeemed himself with the ball, taking four for 85 with his off-spin, but there was no such consolation for Flintoff, whose two wickets cost 52.5 apiece. His economy rate of 9.54 was also the worst among the frontline bowlers playing in the competition.

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