Shimron Hetmyer’s magnificent second ODI hundred helped West Indies turn around a middling score into 271 and a three-run victory in the second One-Day International at the Providence Stadium in Guyana tonight.
Hetmyer’s 103-run fifth wicket stand with Rovman Powell who contributed a 67-ball 44 was instrumental in their turnaround as West Indies blasted 89 off the last 10 overs. Hetmyer combined with the lower order to finish with a 93-ball 125 in the end, courtesy six sixes in the last 10 overs alone.
By the time he was the last wicket to fall – run-out trying to take a second run in the final over – Hetmyer had a remarkable 16 twos, apart from his seven sixes and three fours. Bangladesh bowled well in patches, but lost the plot at different times, like in the 48th over when Rubel Hossain, among their more experienced bowlers, was smacked for 22.
He had otherwise bowled well to break the century stand during a key passage. Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman took two wickets while there was one each for Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mashrafe Mortaza, who started very well with the ball once again.
Evin Lewis was the first to go when Mashrafe, who also got him out in the first ODI, trapped him leg-before in the seventh over. The build-up of dot balls in the first hour also had Chris Gayle impatient as he eventually fell to an ill-advised sweep to Mehidy Hasan, having made 29 off 38.
Shai Hope, batting at No. 3, struck three fours before he gave Sabbir Rahman an easy catch at cover, Shakib Al Hasan picking up a wicket with a delivery that stopped on the batsman. There was further trouble in the 24th over when Jason Mohammed tried to cut Rubel Hossain’s inswinger, only for Mushfiqur Rahim to take a tumbling catch off the inside edge.
Hetmyer and Powell started the rebuilding phase from here on, focusing largely on strike-rotation. The pair hit just a four each between the 20th and 30th overs. The next 10-over segment was much better as both batsmen settled enough to strike five boundaries including Hetmyer’s first six, pulled over midwicket.
He struck three more sixes in the 41st, 42nd and 43rd overs, two of them struck down the ground and his fourth six over midwicket. Shakib, however, should have taken that catch backpedalling. Instead, he saw the ball burst through his hands for six. Hetmyer was on 79 then.
After Powell’s fall, Jason Holder, who struck a six and then fell next ball to Shakib. following which the lower order caved in. Running out of partners, Hetmyer swung Rubel for 22 off the final over to push West Indies to an imposing position, one that didn’t seem coming even at the halfway mark.
Chasing 272 for victory, Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque added 32 for the first wicket in a mere 15 balls before the latter was bowled by Alzarri Joseph for 23.
Iqbal (54) and Shakib Al Hasan (56) then added 97 before Iqbal was stumped by Hope off Devendra Bishoo with the score at 129. Al Hasan soon followed as the Tigers scoring rate slowed due to some excellent bowling from off-spinner Ashley Nurse whose 10 overs went for only 34 runs and the scalp of Al Hasan.
A productive partnership between Musfiqur Rahim (68) and Mahmudullah (39) realized 87 runs before the latter was run-out. It was all up to Rahim and he almost got them there. But captain Holder who had endured some tap at the start of the innings now stood tall. The West Indies captain bowled one of the best last overs in recent memory to pull his team out of a hole.
With seven to defend, Holder conceded just four runs. Holder started the last over by removing Rahim, who swatted a full-toss straight to deep midwicket, bringing back memories of Bangladesh’s 2016 meltdown against India in Bengaluru.
Holder then contained Mosaddek Hossain and Mashrafe Mortaza to just four runs off the next five balls, and roared the loudest, having extracted sweet retribution after being tonked for 62 runs from his nine previous overs. Afterwards, Holder admitted it was a tense finale.
“Yeah it was a bit nerve-wracking (to bowl the last over) but I had the mental support of the team and I came through. I talk to myself, it doesn’t matter how we started, it matters how we finish. They got off to a really good start, and both the bowlers, me and Alzarri were slipping and sliding and it was hard. Credit to the way we fought back. Devendra and Nurse were good. Keemo Paul was excellent too. Hetmyer is a great talent, he plays spin quite well too, and hope he can continue this way in the future,” he said.