Catches win matches is a term used more often to highlight the importance of the fielders to secure victory in crucial games of cricket. West Indies cricketer, Shimron Hetmyer not just lived up to it but he also demonstrated a brilliant piece of fielding by taking a one-handed stunner while fielding at deep point to dismiss the New Zealand batter, Martin Guptill.
After losing the T20I series against India, the Caribbean team seems to continue its struggles against New Zealand as well. The hosts lost the first T20I against visitors by 13 runs. West Indies invited the opposition to bat first and they posted a total of 185/5 courtesy of vital contributions from Devon Conway and Kane Williamson. The West Indies managed to score just 172/7 by the end of 20 overs.
West Indies grabbed a couple of superb catches in the first innings but the one taken by Shimron Hetmyer to get the dismissal of Martin Guptill was the miraculous one. Odeon Smith bowled the eighth over of the innings and he bowled the third delivery of the over slightly outside off and on a shorter side.
Guptill was on strike and he made room for himself to execute a cut shot towards the deep backward point. Shimron Hetmyer came running from the sweeper cover and plucked the ball with his left hand out of thin air. The fielder was not far from boundary ropes but he did well to hold on to the ball and not touch the skirting.
Here is the video of the catch taken by Shimron Hetmyer:
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West Indies (Playing XI): Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks, Devon Thomas (wk), Nicholas Pooran (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Odean Smith, Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, Obed McCoy, Hayden Walsh
New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult