Shimron Hetmyer blazed a fluent 125 as the West Indies were all out for 271 in the second day-night One-Day International against Bangladesh at the Guyana National Stadium on Wednesday.
In a must-win situation after the tourists won the first encounter in the three-match series, the 21-year-old left-hander’s effort was vital in lifting the home side to a competitive total.
Hetmyer’s innings, his second ODI hundred, occupied 93 balls and was embellished by seven sixes and three fours. He received excellent support from Rovman Powell in a 103-run fifth-wicket partnership, the all-rounder contributing an attacking 44.
It proved a vital effort from the hard-hitting right-hander who had come to the crease with the innings at the crossroads at 102 for four in the 24th over.
With Hetmyer leading the way, they gave the West Indies the initiative and looked set for an all-out assault over the final ten overs when Rubel Hossain separated them by bowling Powell in the 43rd over as he attempted a heave over midwicket. That wicket triggered a lower-order collapse and for a time it looked as if Hetmyer might miss out the chance of completing the hundred in front of his home fans with wickets tumbling at the other. But he eventually reached the landmark to rapturous acclaim and proceeded to take 22 runs off the penultimate over bowled by Rubel. It was harsh on the fast-medium bowler who had taken important wickets during the course of the innings as he conceded 61 runs overall in taking three wickets.
Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib al Hasan took two wickets each but Shakib committed a costly error in the field, dropping Hetmyer on the square-leg boundary off Rubel.
Put in to bat on a bright afternoon, West Indies lost wickets at regular intervals with Evin Lewis, opening partner Chris Gayle, Shai Hope and Jason Mohammed all falling cheaply. It required Hetmyer’s heroics which went all the way to the end of the innings when he was run out attempting a second run with last man Alzarri Joseph as his partner. (AFP)