The Guyana team opened their Super50 Cup 2021 match with a thumping victory over Barbados on Monday at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua. Swashbuckling batsman Shimron Hetmyer starred with the bat for the Guyana side. Apart from captivating the fans with his power-hitting, the star batsman also entertained viewers with his on-field antics.
Guyana and Barbados battled it out in the second match of the domestic competition on February 8. Guyana won the toss and elected to bat first in their opening game of the tournament. Left-handed batsman Shimron Hetmyer looked in scintillating form in the contest and took the opposition bowlers to the cleaners by showcasing his dynamic batting prowess.
The 24-year-old emerged as the top run-scorer for the side in the fixture and scored runs at a frantic pace against a formidable bowling attack. Proven international campaigners like Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, and Roston Chase also looked ordinary against the batter. The southpaw slammed a crucial 80 with the help of eight fours, and four maximums in just 53 deliveries.
Apart from his knock, the player garnered attention while fielding as well. The incident took place in the 25th over of the game, where the on-field umpires were forced to refer to the third umpire for a particular decision. Standing right being the umpire, Hetmyer mimicked the official in a comical manner.
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