Hetmyer fails again in Delhi defeat
Shimron Hetmyer's lean form continued to be a worry ahead of West Indies' tour of New Zealand as he failed again in Delhi Capitals' comprehensive 88-run defeat to Jason Holder's Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League yesterday.
With Capitals set a mammoth 220 for victory at the Dubai International Stadium, the left-hander could only manage 16 as his side collapsed to 131 all out off exactly 19 overs.
Hetmyer, named in both the Test and Twenty20 squads for the November 27 to December 15 series against the Black Caps, has struggled for a decent score since arriving here last month.
The 23-year-old's highest has been 45 against Rajasthan Royals earlier this month but has passed 20 only once in seven other innings.
All told, he has scraped 127 runs and averages only 21.
Hetmyer was part of a poor batting effort by Delhi on Tuesday that saw wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant top-score with 36 off 35 balls and opener Ajinkya Rahane chip in with 26 off 19 deliveries.
Struggling on 14 for two in the second over, Hetmyer tried to revive the innings in a 40-run third-wicket stand with Rahane.
The Guyanese had struck three fours in a 13-ball stay at the crease when he missed a back-foot drive off leg-spinner Rashid Khan (3-7) and was bowled at the start of the seventh over.
Rahane followed in the same over as Delhi lost their last eight wickets for 77 runs.
Opener Wriddhiman Saha had earlier plundered 87 off 45 deliveries to lay the platform for Sunrisers' 219 for two off their 20 overs after being sent in.
The right-hander counted a dozen fours and two sixes, posting 107 for the first wicket with Australian David Warner, who blasted 66 from 34 deliveries with eight fours and two sixes.
Manish Pandey chipped in with an unbeaten 44 off 31 balls, providing the anchor for a 63-run, second-wicket partnership with Saha and a 49-run, unbroken third-wicket stand with New Zealander Kane Williamson (11 not out).
Despite the defeat, Delhi remain third on 14 points while Sunrisers lie sixth on 10 points.