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Hetmyer hit his fourth ODI ton.

Shimron Hetmyer's late blitz lifted Windies to 289 for 6 after they were put in by England in the second ODI in Barbados on Friday (February 22). Chris Gayle continued his good form - scoring his 50th half-century in the format - but regular wickets meant Windies never really found the momentum to put the visitors under pressure. Hetmyer ended unbeaten on 104 off 83 as Windies scored 81 in the last ten overs.

Gayle showed a lot more intent - especially after the criticism directed at him after the first game for his slow start - as Windies reached 49 for no loss in the first powerplay. Gayle struck two sixes against Moeen Ali to give the innings some early impetus as John Campbell looked solid from the other end. Campbell's inability to kick on meant he was dismissed for just 23 this time - throwing away another start - but not before the openers scored 61 for the first wicket. Shai Hope and Gayle flourished for a while during their 37-run stand before England got the big break.

Trying to swat Adil Rashid out of the park, Gayle missed a flighted delivery and lost the off pole soon after reaching his half-century. The wicket resulted in a mini wobble as Hope followed him back after an impressive 45-ball 33. At 121 for 3 at the half-way mark, Windies were forced to play out a quiet period to solidify the platform before a late assault. Darren Bravo and Hetmyer threatened to take the game away and were involved in a 76-run stand for the fourth wicket. The steady flow of runs helped Windies transfer the pressure back on England before twin run outs hurt the home team.

Windies were cruising at 197 for 3 in the 38th over and were primed to launch a perfectly timed assault. Hetmyer completed his half-century off 47 deliveries but lost his partner soon after. Bravo played the ball straight to third man and took off for a single. Rashid, from short third man, got in a direct hit to find Bravo short. Jason Holder too failed to get going as was dismissed for 3. Distracted by an lbw appeal in the 39th over, the Windies captain left his crease trying to find a single. Jason Roy inflicted another direct hit from point to ensure England got on top just at the right time.

Carlos Brathwaite struggled for 21 deliveries before he was bowled by Mark Wood as Hetymer continued to lose partners. To his credit though, Hetmyer continued to play attacking strokes to keep Windies marching. In the 44th over, he collected 18 off Ben Stokes to take the score past 250. Wood was exceptional in the end and Stokes too managed to keep things in check as Hetmyer threat loomed large in the last five overs. Tom Curran was struck for two boundaries in the 47th over with which Hetmyer registered the highest score by a Windies No. 5 against England - going past Runako Morton's 82 scored at Trent Bridge in 2007.

He eventually got to his century off 82 balls - in the final over - to give the bowlers something to fight with. However, their performance in the last game doesn't inspire much confidence.

Brief scores: Windies 289/6 in 50 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 104*, Chris Gayle 50; Adil Rashid 1-28) vs England.

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