26-Year-Old All Rounder Bangladesh Nickname: Rumon
March 18, 2018 Sabbir Rahman News
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Rahman top-scored with 77 off 50 including seven boundaries and four maximums in Sunday's Nidahas Trophy defeat in the final against India.
Thanks to Rahman's early work and a late flurry from Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Bangladesh was able to set a respectable 166 on a slow track. Rahman needed just 37 balls to reach his half-century, but couldn't really form any real partnerships with his 36 run stand on the fifth wicket being his biggest partnership of the match. The half-century was his first of the tournament and his fourth in 38 T20I innings.
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Fantasy AnalysisAfter posting a first innings total of 595 declared, Bangladesh seemed to be on the front-foot, with three players recording a half-century (Rahman included), a century and a double ton. However, by the third innings, the pitch had deteriorated and Bangladesh's batsmen seemed to have nothing in the tank. Rahman was the only batsmen to go for a half-century with only two scores above 25 while two batsmen were beaten for a duck. Having recently come into the Test squad, Rahman certainly looked the part of a Test batsman, recording as many half-centuries (three) in his first three Tests as he has in 32 ODI caps.
Fantasy AnalysisRahman's maiden T20 hundred becomes the Bangladesh Premier League's highest individual score, overtaking Chris Gayle's 116 against Dhaka Gladiators in 2012. The 24-year-old brought up his ton from 53 balls including six fours and eight sixes. Rajashahi Kings have lost two close games in this year's BPL and that makes the batsman a bit unhappy. "We should have won both close games. I don't know what our batsmen are thinking in the last over," Rahman said. "I think we have to be stronger mentally. We could have won the previous game by taking singles rather than going for sixes. I think nine runs off the last six balls was an easy equation."
Fantasy AnalysisRahman finds himself with two wickets in hand and 33 runs to reach in the quest to help Bangladesh to a historic Test victory on the morning of day 5. Batting in his first Test, Rahman brought up his maiden Test fifty off 76 balls, including three fours and two sixes. The 24-year-old debutant shared what may be a match-winning partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim of 87 runs for the sixth wicket, of which Rahman contributed 45 runs.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 24-year-old has established himself as a dependable part of the team's limited-overs squads, having been capped 29 times at the ODI level and 26 times in T20I's; however, Thursday marks the beginning of his Test career. In the team's ODI series against England, he started slowly, but put up a thumping 49 off 46 in the third ODI of the series to put him top-of-mind for the Bangladeshi selectors. He's one of six new names on the Test squad from the last squad—all the way back in July 2015.
Fantasy AnalysisRahman was one of three of the home side’s batsmen cruelly denied a half century, in his case by just one run. His batting rate of 106.52 was second only to Mushfiqur Rahim, who scored 67. Five of Rahman’s hit made it to the boundary for four, before a spinner from Adil Rashid caught the edge of his bat before a catch by wicket keeper Jos Buttler.
Fantasy AnalysisRahman propped up the lower order and aided in Bangladesh's second-most prolific partnership of the day. Teaming with Mahmudullah, the duo sprung for 78 off eight overs upon Rahman's entrance two balls into the 40th, which boosted their run rate from 4.63 to 5.49. After opening the World Cup with three off eight against Afghanistan, Rahman's subsequent four innings have averaged 49.33 at a strike rate of 116.54.
Fantasy AnalysisRahman's part-time spin was required from the middle overs until the end of the Scotland's innings, but his first over bowled ended with his first wicket in six career ODI innings. By the time he entered the crease, Bangladesh was on its way to a successful chase but still required 72 runs from 12 overs, which Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan were able to achieve with 11 balls to spare. After three Cup outings, Rahman has averaged 49.00 on an 89.09 strike rate.
Fantasy AnalysisThe part-time bowler has yet to nab a wicket in five ODI innings, but powered by seven fours, Rahman picked up career-best marks with the bat. He compiled his most productive partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim -- 44 off 8.3 overs -- but by the time the latter departed in the 41st over, Bangladesh's chase hopes were all but dashed. Through two World Cup games, the 23-year-old Rahman has averaged 28.00 with an 80.00 strike rate.