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

West Indies hand Netherlands 215-run thrashing

The Report by Sahil Dutta

February 28, 2011

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West Indies 330 for 8 (Gayle 80, Pollard 60, Seelaar 3-45) beat Netherlands 115 (Cooper 55*, Roach 6-27) by 215 runs
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Kemar Roach is thrilled after picking up a hat-trick, Netherlands v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, Delhi, February 28, 2011
Kemar Roach lifted the spirits of a lacklustre game by taking a hat-trick to finish the game © AFP
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Kemar Roach lifted the spirits on a dank day of World Cup action by becoming the sixth bowler to claim a World Cup hat-trick as West Indies cruised past a disappointing Netherlands outfit in Delhi.

Roach's whippet pace and low trajectory overwhelmed Netherlands who, set 331 for victory, were left to regret their captain's decision to field first. He finished the game in style, trapping Pieter Seelaar and Bernard Loots lbw before splattering Berend Westdijk's middle stump to seal a 215-run victory.

After the World Cup found its voice in a nerve-shattering encounter on Sunday evening it reverted to an inaudible mumble on Monday as Canada capitulated against Zimbabwe in Nagpur, before Netherlands put up an embarrassing showing. Gone was the intensity and discipline that spooked England as they allowed West Indies to saunter to victory with more than 18 overs left unused.

This was an important match for West Indies who, coming into it, looked in danger of being drawn into a qualification dogfight in Group B. If they are to beat Bangladesh to the quarters they need their big guns to fire and they would have been relieved that Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard found their form before Roach's heroics.

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  • The 215-run win is West Indies' biggest margin of victory in ODIs, going past their earlier record of 208 runs against Canada in Kingston last year. It's also the joint sixth-largest by any team in World Cup history.
  • West Indies' total of 330 is their second-highest in World Cups, and seventh-best in all ODIs.
  • Kemar Roach's hat-trick is the 28th in ODI history, and the sixth in World Cups. He is also the first West Indian to achieve this feat in World Cups, and the second in all ODIs, after Jerome Taylor. Chetan Sharma, Saqlain Mushtaq, Chaminda Vaas, Brett Lee and Lasith Malinga are the others to take a hat-trick in World Cups.
  • Roach's figures of 6 for 27 are the fourth-best by a West Indian bowler in ODIs, and the second-best in World Cups, after Winston Davis' 7 for 51 against Australia in 1983.
  • Keiron Pollard's 23-ball half-century is the joint fourth-fastest in terms of balls faced in World Cups. Brendon McCullum's 20-ball effort against Canada in 2007 is the fastest, while the next two belong to Mark Boucher in the same tournament: off 21 balls against Netherlands, and 22 balls against West Indies.

It was only a composed but futile 55 not out from Tom Cooper that dragged Netherlands past their lowest-ever ODI total - 80 against West Indies four years ago - in a showing that did themselves, and the beleaguered Associate brand, a total disservice.

Roach operated consistently around the 90mph mark and was happy to aim full at the stumps - a tactic shunned by England's bowlers against the same opposition - and Netherlands' batsmen were not up for a fight.

Though he took six wickets, the crucial, crushing blow was landed by towering left-arm-spinner Sulieman Benn. Ryan ten Doeschate, the hero against England and the sole player in the side with the quality to mount a challenge, was trapped low on the front pad and despite a long stride, and a review, he could not survive. Thereafter it was only Cooper who could resist Roach's pace.

The rot was set earlier in the day when Gayle made a measured 80 and Pollard a 27-ball 60 that carried West Indies out of sight. Pollard blended his immense power with the touch of savvy that has been absent from his 50-over game so far to bring up only his second ODI fifty. His assault gave a crowd deprived of much excitement something to cheer and emphatically confirmed that Borren's decision to field first on a pudding pitch and speedy outfield was the wrong one.

Devon Smith's silky fifty allowed Gayle plenty of time to rouse himself into the contest. At no stage were West Indies pinned down but it did take Gayle 24 deliveries to find the boundary. ten Doeschate's first over shattered his shackles as he drove three times through the covers, before collecting two more boundaries in the next over. He looked poised to explode from thereon but was instead content to coast and make the most of some generous Netherlands offerings.

The seam bowlers leaked runs both sides of the wicket and it was only the 23-year-old left-arm-spinner Pieter Seelaar who impressed. With an action and temperament similar to his touted Irish counterpart George Dockrell, Seelaar was happy to give the ball air and was rightly rewarded when Gayle holed out to long-off, one run shy of his 8000th in ODI cricket.

At that stage, two balls into the batting Powerplay, West Indies looked like suffering the same hoodoo that has infected many other teams throughout the tournament, but in Pollard they had the right man for the stage. There was the customary six-hitting, including a monstrous strike into the stands off Mudassar Bukhari, but there was plenty of nous too as he raced to his fifty from 23 balls, the joint fourth-quickest in World Cup history.

Given the stiff target Netherlands were unlikely to get near and Roach ensured West Indies overcame them in style.

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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 2, 2011, 13:54 GMT)

everyone's seem to like playing against these minnow,it's makes it looks so easy...but can they really win the world cup...that the big qustion...like to ask...

Posted by Andrew on (March 2, 2011, 7:36 GMT)

I know it was WINDIES v Minnows, but I a mreally liking where Roach is going. Hopefully he doesn't get injured. I dunno why a team that looks so good on paper can't deliver MORE often. I personally think they have Pollard all wrong, he should open the innings with Gayle. I also think Pollard is a lot better bowler than given credit for. 1. Pollard, 2. Gayle, 3. D Bravo, 4. Sarwan, 5. Chanderpaul, 6 Smith 7. Thomas, 8. Sammy, 9. Miller, 10. Benn, 11. Roach.

Posted by Basil on (March 1, 2011, 22:55 GMT)

Perspective please people... This win was against Netherlands.

Posted by Michael on (March 1, 2011, 22:18 GMT)

Way to go Roach and Benn !100% bajan !Is this the same team that gave England a scare with their batting? One other bajan opener,a bajan pacer, and 2 bajan middle order batsmen,and in 2 or 3 yrs,WI wiould rise to the top again .That is when Bdos will again dominate .Commentators kept on saying that the Netherlands bowling is extremely poor,so read between the lines !The WI have a better balanced team now that Bravo is gone.Taylor didn't play in the last match for Jamaica,don't know if he is injured again,otherwise he would have been the ideal replacement.@ selectors,how can yu name someone as a reserve,and then don't pick him ? hope Tino doesn't have to consult his Lawyers again !

Posted by joel on (March 1, 2011, 20:26 GMT)

WI needed to call on their reserve allrounder in Marlon Samuels, but he was too focussed on his own goals. He has refused his team in their hour of need. How much different is this to Bravo, Pollard and Gayle refusing to sign contracts? If he wants to concentrate on Test inclusion, so be it. I suppose we won't be hearing any more calls on this (or any other) forum for his inclusion in any ODI cricket.

Posted by Uday on (March 1, 2011, 19:49 GMT)

Good to see WI in form again...Good Work

Posted by shawn on (March 1, 2011, 19:35 GMT)

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha..i cannot laugh enough at samuels turning down his call up..where's anti-darwin now??? LOL

Posted by scott on (March 1, 2011, 19:15 GMT)

Hey guys just thought people should know that nz captain daniel vettori is auctioning off all his cricket memrobilia for the christchurch earthquake relief fund. most of his test shirt, stumps, world xi gear all signed, including a test shirt signed himself, murilithuran and Shane warne. go the the radio sport nz website or trade me for details.

Posted by Rodney on (March 1, 2011, 16:48 GMT)

@dutty -penny Samuels was asked first to be dj bravo's replacement but turned down the invitation to concentrate on the longer version of the game in hopes of being selected for West Indies home series after World Cup. Personally I think he is ready, but he should know best and if he doesn't feel that he's prepared then he did the right thing. Judging from his preformances in the regional series, he should be walking onto the WI test team. I applaude his decision and hope that the selectors see it in the correct light and don't punish him for his stance. Stranger things have happened with these selectors. I think Bishoo is a good option, offers some variety and will bolster the Windies bowling attack.

Posted by ryan on (March 1, 2011, 16:06 GMT)

Sammy don't deserve to be in the West Indies team, i'm a die hard Windies supporter but they can't win because they are bias to Trinidad players like Lendel Simmonds and Dave Mohammed

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Sahil Dutta Assistant editor Sahil Dutta grew up supporting England during the 90s. Despite this, he still enjoys the game. His unrequited passions for Graeme Hick and, in latter years, Vikram Solanki gave him a stoicism that guided him through an Economics degree and a stint working at the European Parliament. He maintains the purest love for Tests and the whims of legspin bowling and still harbours hope that he could be the answer to England's long search for a mystery spinner. As it is, his most exciting cricketing experience was planning a trip to Australia for the 2006-07 Ashes with two utterly indifferent friends. Unfortunately his lung collapsed shortly before his planned departure and the pair were left to wander around from Test to Test, unprepared and clueless. Any comparisons with England are far too obvious to make. That cancelled holiday inspired an Ashes blog which led, via some tea-making at the Wisden Cricketer, to the ESPNcricinfo towers.
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