Talented West Indian southpaw Shimron Hetmyer was at his best during the 2nd T20I against Australia at Darren Sammy International Stadium in Gros Islet, St. Lucia, on Saturday night.
Hetmyer, who has struggled in the T20I’s home summer so far, finally showcased his class by erasing the Australian bowling attack from all corners of the pitch.
Arriving at bat after the sacking of a rampaging Lendl Simmons (30 of 21 deliveries), Shimron Hetemyer went to smash a 36-ball vortex 61, which also happens to be his second T20I fifty.
Hetmyer smashed up to four sixes and some fours on his stroke, and the best shot he made during his innings came against Mitchell Starc.
It all happened on the third ball of the 17th when Hetmyer exposed his stumps and got down on one knee to boldly pick up the left arm playmaker for a thin, deep six leg.
Starc had another bad outing giving up 49 points in his four-overs quota.
Shimron Hetmyer and Dwayne Bravo’s 103-race partnership helped West Indies post a total of wins against Australia
Hetmyer, who smashed a 61-ball 36-ball, sewed a 103-point stand with versatile Dwayne Bravo (47 * on 34 balls) in 10.4 overs to take the West Indies from a precarious state of 3/59 to a dominant position of 4/162 with just over two overs to go.
The rig was perfect for Andre Russell to go to hell for the leather and that’s exactly what the powerful Caribbean hitter did.
Dr. Russ smoked some fours and as many sixes during his unbeaten 8-ball 24 to help the West Indies post a total of 4/196 winners in 20 overs.
The Australians never really got to the heart of the matter from the start of their chase as they continued to lose wickets at regular intervals.
With the exception of Mitch Marsh, who marked his second straight 50, none of the hitters showed up for Australia and the former world cricket powerhouse was ultimately sacked for 140 in the 20th. Shimron Hetmyer was aptly named the ‘player of the match’ for his winning shot.
As for the visitors, again, the inability of the middle-order hitters to absorb the pressure proved to be their downfall as Aaron Finch’s team lost their last 7 wickets by just 39 points for give the West Indies a 2-0 lead. in the series of five matches.
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Watch Shimron Hetmyer’s incredible six on Mitchell Starc here:
Shimron Hetmyer evokes 50 with style 🙌
– Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) July 11, 2021