21-year-old played perfect foil to Chris Gayle before dominating proceedings himself.
Chris Gayle might have grabbed the headlines with a typically explosive 91-ball 123 in Windies’ Group A match in Harare, but it was an even bigger day for No.3 batsman Shimron Hetmyer.
The 21-year-old Guyanan struck his maiden ODI century in just his third match as the Windies offered UAE no respite in the field, racking up a monstrous 357 from their 50 overs.
Hetmyer put on 103 with Gayle at a run-rate just over nine an over, and the young left-hander continued to power the innings long after his experienced partner was dismissed, hitting 14 fours and four sixes on his way to an impressive 128-ball 127. He was only out in the 48th over with the score on 333.
It's a run-fest in Harare, as Gayle and Hetmyer slam centuries to overpower UAE.— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 6, 2018
The fourth-highest match aggregate in a #CWCQ game! #WIvUAE REPORT ➡️ https://t.co/AsMwawe3igpic.twitter.com/gsxyjuCUJ6
There was no relaxing to be done in the field, however, as Hetmyer was called upon to take over wicket-keeping duties following a knee injury to Shai Hope, who was forced to retire hurt with the bat and then withdraw from the field an over into the fielding effort.
UAE made a good fist of things, Rameez Shahzad finishing not out on 112 to help them to a more than respectable 297/6 from their 50. But maiden centurion Hetmyer’s heroics – and the brilliance of Gayle – had put the game beyond their reach.
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