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Netherlands v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, Delhi

West Indies must be wary of losing focus

The Preview by Andrew McGlashan

February 27, 2011

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Match Facts

February 28, Delhi
Start time 2.30 pm (0900 GMT)

Captain Peter Borren watches Netherlands' training session, Delhi, February 27, 2011
Peter Borren will be quietly confident his team can give West Indies a tough challenge © Associated Press

The Big Picture

These two teams began their World Cup campaigns with contrasting defeats. Netherlands' loss against England can safely be bracketed in the 'heroic' category, but West Indies' insipid performance against South Africa was depressingly familiar. This contest may not be the mismatch that the two line-ups suggested it should be.

On the evidence of their opening game, West Indies are going to find themselves fighting it out for the fourth qualifying spot from Group B alongside England and Bangladesh. Therefore this match is one they can't afford to take lightly especially after Netherlands showed they have the ability to make the major sides stand up and take notice.

Netherlands will fancy making another mark because they'll face a thin West Indian attack stripped down even further by the absence of Dwayne Bravo. If Ryan ten Doeschate can lead a display of similar resilience as they showed against England, setting a decent target, or chasing one down, may not be out of reach for the Dutch.

However, like England's class with the bat eventually came through against Netherlands' weak bowling resources, the same should apply to West Indies. Even with the loss of Bravo snr there is considerable batting power available led by Chris Gayle followed by the hugely talented Darren Bravo. But the tournament hasn't had an upset yet and West Indies will have to be careful they don't become the first victims.

Form guide

(completed matches, most recent first)
Netherlands LLLWL
West Indies LLLLL

Watch out for...

Alexei Kervezee isn't a man short of confidence. He has announced his ambition to play for England and his performances for Worcestershire suggest that isn't out of reach. He didn't quite get going against his possible future team-mates in Nagpur before top-edging a pull to depart for 16 off 25 balls but he remains one of Netherlands' key batsmen. The Dutch can't rely on ten Doeschate to score hundreds each time he bats and Kervezee has the advantage of opening the batting, the ideal position for a strokemaker on the subcontinent. He'll want to leave a mark sooner rather than later.

West Indies are short on wicket-taking bowlers but in Kemar Roach they have one of the fastest on show at the World Cup. He's quicker than anything Netherlands faced against England and will test their courage and skill. It is vital to West Indies that Roach can take regular wickets during the tournament because there isn't much strike power behind him. A decent haul in this match would boost his confidence ahead of bigger challenges to come.

Team news

The indications are that Netherlands will stick to the eleven that pushed England so close last week even though the bowling was exposed. It's the lack of wicket-takers that is the biggest problem for a number of Associates and the pressure will be ten Doeschate with ball as well as bat. Pieter Seelaar, the left-arm spinner, looked reasonably handy in the opening game.

Netherlands (probable) 1 Alexei Kervezee, 2 Wesley Barresi (wk), 3 Tom Cooper, 4 Ryan ten Doeschate, 5 Bas Zuiderent, 6 Tom de Grooth, 7 Peter Borren (capt), 8 Mudassar Bukhari, 9 Pieter Seelaar, 10 Bernard Loots, 11 Berend Westdijk

West Indies are going to be forced to make at least one change after Dwayne Bravo was ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury. The suggestion is they will strengthen the spin-bowling department with a recall for left-armer Nikita Miller. The other option would be to bring in the pace of either Ravi Rampaul or Andre Russell.

West Indies (possible) 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Devon Smith, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 5 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Devon Thomas (wk), 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Sulieman Benn, 10 Nikita Miller, 11 Kemar Roach

Pitch and conditions

Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach, said he was surprised the pitch didn't slow up more against South Africa. There are also contrasting views on how important the dew factor will be - Peter Borren believes it will be a significant issue, but Darren Sammy is less bothered.

Stats and trivia

  • The two teams have only met once before at ODI level and West Indies cruised to a 10-wicket victory on neutral turf in Dublin in 2007.

  • Chris Gayle needs 81 runs to reach 8000 in ODIs

  • Ryan ten Doeschate has the highest ODI average of all time of 71.21, 13 runs ahead of the next best Hashim Amla.


"It's pretty big sport in Holland, football. Some people were surprised that they made the final. It'll be nice if we could emulate that. It might be a bit more of a surprise if we did it."
Peter Borren thinks it will be a while until cricket is a major sport in Netherlands

"Everyone in the team is responsible for our performance. I'm one of the allrounders and I should put my hand up and put in a good performance on the field."
Darren Sammy knows he needs to lead from the front.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by naveen on (February 28, 2011, 8:14 GMT)

comman Ryan ten Doeschate you hit big sixes...... entertain audience............

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 28, 2011, 7:57 GMT)

i am with Netherlands (probable) 1 Alexei Kervezee, 2 Wesley Barresi (wk), 3 Tom Cooper, 4 Ryan ten Doeschate, 5 Bas Zuiderent, 6 Tom de Grooth, 7 Peter Borren (capt), 8 Mudassar Bukhari, 9 Pieter Seelaar, 10 Bernard Loots, 11 Berend Westdijk

Posted by Ned on (February 28, 2011, 2:10 GMT)

come on windies! froma fan from down under.

Posted by Donald on (February 28, 2011, 0:32 GMT)

Whatever happens tomorrow, please let the next team we put on the park be: Gayle; Chanderpaul; Bravo; Sarwan; Samuels; Pollard; Thomas; Sammy; Russell; Benn; Roach. How many times are the powers that be going to ask the same question of Devon Smith and have him give the same reply each time? He is not an international batsman! I cannot think of any player worldwide who has one reliable scoring shot and is a successful batsman. And to play Miller I think would be a mistake. He too does not cut it. In Bravo's absence Russell gets the nod as he's a much better batsman than Rampaul and as a bowler it's neither here nor there between the two. Good luck to the guys tomorrow.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 27, 2011, 22:53 GMT)

I've a feeling WI is gonna win convincingly, or they'll lose badly !!!!! The first thing is more likely to happen .

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 27, 2011, 22:48 GMT)

gl west indies but they never learn put chanderpaul to opening wit gayle

Posted by Basil on (February 27, 2011, 21:50 GMT)

This is the problem the ICC is causing by limiting the associates even further. Now you have a guy like Kervezee wanting to play for England. Joyce has done it, Morgan is doing it, how can you build strong associate teams when there best players keep running off to England? But, who can blame them when they won't even be able to play at the highest level any more thanks to the ICCs decision to cut the WC back to 10 teams and limit there game time the rest of the time? Further, I think England should change and call themselves the UN or World XI as they are soon going to have less Englishmen in there team than imports.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 27, 2011, 21:41 GMT)

i think that gayle should have known what his role is i turely think that he should bat the same way he does when playing 2020 that whould give the others the chance to builded on that start and if he dont get out before the 20th over he should continue and then west indies whould be able to score bigger totals to defend i do say i back them all the way as for as they can go.ANTONIO

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 27, 2011, 18:28 GMT)

It'll be a one sided game. There is nothing in Netherland's team even to compare with WI. Though we'll miss some actions from D. Bravo, but, that will have no impact on this game result. If WI can correct those mistakes of the first game and add an additional bowling in their side, then they can beat any team in their group. My best wishes to my previous team, WI ( currently 2nd, as BD, now is my 1st team ).

Posted by Tyrone on (February 27, 2011, 17:46 GMT)

Heres another change thats needed in the WI team drop Sammy and play Andre Russell a bowler who looks like he can take a wicket.

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