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By Sandy - Mar 6, 2018 1:04 pm
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Experienced Windies opener Chris Gayle and 21-years old young Shimron Hetmyer smashed superb centuries during their opening encounter of the 2018 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers. Playing against United Arab Emirates (UAE), Gayle played a magnificent 123-runs knock off just 91 balls while Hetmyer had a 127-runs innings off 93 balls.

Chris Gayle

After winning the toss, Windies decided to bat first. Along with the other opener Evin Lewis, Gayle put 88-runs partnership for the first wicket. After Lewis was dismissed, left-handed batsman Shimron Hetmyer joined with Gayle.

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Gayle started his innings in the slow fashion and gradually increased his attacking nature. Just before Lewis’ dismissal, Gayle completed his half-century in 47 balls.

Soon after, Gayle completed his 23rd ODI century in 79 balls. Staying 114 minutes on the crease, Gayle scored 123 runs off 91 balls with 7 fours and 11 sixes.

Gayle and Hetmyer provided the 103-runs partnership for the second wicket before Gayle was caught out.

At next, Marlon Samuels put a 77-runs partnership with Hetmyer before he lost his wicket for 15 runs.

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Hetmyer also completed his century in just 78 balls. Hetmyer was dismissed in 48th over after scoring 127 runs off 93 balls where he hit 14 fours and 4 sixes.

Shai Hope and the skipper Jason Holder played some quick-fire knocks at the end as Windies put a massive total of 357/4 in 50 overs. Hope was retired hurt after scoring 35 runs off 27 balls with the only four and 3 sixes. Meanwhile, Holder scored 12 runs off just 6 balls with only over-boundary.

Among the UAE bowlers, Amir Hayat (1/80), Rohan Mustafa (1/66), Imran Haider (1/62) and Ahmed Raza (1/67) picked up one wicket each.

Playing XI

Windies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Marlon Samuels, Shai Hope (wk), Jason Mohammed, Jason Holder(c), Kemar Roach, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Nikita Miller.

United Arab Emirates: Rohan Mustafa(c), Chirag Suri, Ghulam Shabber (wk), Rameez Shahzad, Shaiman Anwar, Adnan Mufti, Muhammad Usman, Ahmed Raza, Amir Hayat, Imran Haider, Mohammad Naveed.

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