Hetmyer’s innings helped RR chased down 179 with four balls and three wickets to spare from a precarious situation as the side lost their captain Sanju Samson’s wicket in the 15th over after he scored 60. Needing 64 runs off the last five overs, Hetmyer did the heavy lifting while Dhruv Jurel (18) and Ravichandran Ashwin (10) provided help with their cameos.
We take a look at the Tweets that praised the Windies for his entertaining finish:
Shimron Hetmyer what a finisher…
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 16, 2023
Shimron Hetmyer is just 26 YO but the maturity and the game awareness is 🔥.#GTvRR pic.twitter.com/6xWYHjn5Na
— Rampy. (@RiserTweex) April 16, 2023
Rajasthan Royals winning it against Gujarat Titans in IPL today from 55 for 4 in 11 overs.
Great cameo from Ash Anna,
Take a bow Sanju Samson & Shimron Hetmyer! #GTvRR pic.twitter.com/wjy7BYu71L
— Vishal Verma (@VishalVerma_9) April 16, 2023
I was actually pretty happy, to be honest, he bowled well throughout so the first ball all I was thinking about was getting that double and taking it from there.
-Shimron Hetmyer (On Noor Ahmed bowling the last over)#GTvRR #ShimronHetmyer #IPL23 pic.twitter.com/ZjxSeM1hOd
— myKhel.com (@mykhelcom) April 16, 2023
Take a bow, Shimron Hetmyer! What a finish. From 66/4 and needing 112 off 48 balls, Rajasthan Royals have pulled off one of the most remarkable IPL wins 👏👏
Incredible Premier League 🔥 #IPL2023 pic.twitter.com/zNqdVYkDSP
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) April 16, 2023
Shimron hetmyer smashing a team coached by Nehra and Gary is so satisfying. They used to drop him and play only 3 overseas but not him
— Pradhyoth (@Pradhyoth1) April 16, 2023
Shimron Hetmyer REMEMBER THE NAME, guy is proving his worth. he’s so aesthetically pleasing to watch. IPL is incomplete without caribbean flavour. pic.twitter.com/kBTHLUELGq
— ＲＯＭＥＯ👑 (@iromeostark) April 16, 2023
Most royal comeback of all time !
56/4 (10.5) to 179/7 (19.2)
– 4 sixes by Samson against world no. 1 Rashid Khan
– 18(10) under pressure by youngster Dhruv Jurel
– Brave inning of 56*(26) by Shimron Hetmyer to take the team home
– 10(2) by Ashwin to land final blow#GTvRR pic.twitter.com/G9hYvzm8dx
— The Cricket Statistician (@CricketSatire) April 16, 2023
Ashwin got out at a crucial point too with the side needing seven runs in the penultimate over as the Guyanese finisher maintained his cool and shot Noor Ahmad for a boundary in the final over to seal the win. Hetmyer shot five sixes and two boundaries during his entertaining innings.
There were other performers in the game too with Samson scoring 60 while Shubman Gill and David Miller scored 45 and 46 respectively for Gujarat Titans. Mohammad Shami picked three wickets and two of them came at death in Ashwin and Jurel while Rashid Khan got the big scalps of Devdutt Padikkal and Riyan Parag.
However, Shimron Hetmyer stood out and won the Player of the Match award as well for taking the Royals past the finish line against the defending champions. Hetmyer has always carried the reputation of a pinch-hitter but his consistency was always a concern.
All that has changed this season as the 26-year-old southpaw has consistently fired runs and at a good strike rate. Hetmyer has scored 183 runs in the last five innings at a strike rate of 184.85. Batting down the order, he has made himself further reliable by remaining not out on four out of the five innings.
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