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Netherlands v West Indies, World Cup 2011, Delhi

Roach rocks the Netherlands boat

Plays of the Day from the Group B match between Netherlands and West Indies at the Feroz Shah Kotla

Firdose Moonda in Delhi

February 28, 2011

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Kemar Roach and Devon Smith celebrate the dismissal of Bas Zuiderent, Netherlands v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, Delhi, February 28, 2011
Kemar Roach brought a swift end to the Netherlands resistance © AFP

The perilous starts
The first delivery of the match was just about the only one that troubled the West Indian batsmen. Mudassar Bukhari, who is neither quick nor threatening, got some slight away movement and Devon Smith was surprised and got half an edge, half a guide between first and second slip. The fielders tumbled over it and each other and the innings was opened with a four. There were no problems with the second ball, which was driven through mid-off, almost with a thud.

The sleeping giant awakens
Chris Gayle had been batting with disdain for the better part of the first ten overs. He swatted at some balls with disinterest, pushed lightly at others with disparagement and shown a general apathy to being at the crease. Just when he looked ready to pack it all up and leave, he came to life. Holland's golden boy Ryan ten Doeschate had come on to bowl and Gayle hammered three of the first four balls he faced from him to the boundary.

The dropped catches
Ramnaresh Sarwan was given two lives. On 13, he drove lazily in the air to the Alexei Kervezee on the sweeper boundary. Kervezee was right behind it and tried to catch with it with his fingers up, but instead of curling them around the ball, he used them like fly swats and spilled it. Six overs later Bukhari, who was the bowler when Sarwan was dropped the first time, should have caught him this time. Sarwan skied it high above the wicketkeeper and Wesley Baressi, and the fielders at third man and fine leg, swooped on the chance. Bukhari called, Baressi stepped back, and instead of the ball being safely caught it ended up like an egg, splattered all over the floor. Bukhari was the culprit, spilling it as he went down on his knees.

The Bajan inspiration
Two of the 15 West Indies players are from Barbados and they seem to enjoy celebrating to the music from a lady from their island. Each time Kemar Roach or Sulieman Benn took a wicket, nine times in total, Rihanna's "Rude Boy" would blast from the stadium speakers. The song wasn't played during the match against South Africa and it also didn't get any airtime when the only other bowler among the wickets, Darren Sammy, claimed his scalp. Bajan beats for Bajan "rude" boys only.

The hat-trick
It was going only one way for Netherlands but they were determined to hold on by their fingernails until the end. Kemar Roach put them out of their misery and chopped the whole hand off with the first hat-trick of this World Cup. His first victim was Pieter Seelaar, who was struck flush on the pad, beaten by the pace that Roach had used all evening. Then, it was Bernard Loots' turn. He couldn't get away from the ball that nipped in and was hit just in front of off stump. The third one didn't hit the pad as Roach finished off the way any bowler would want to - by flattening middle stump with another incutter. It was the sixth hat-trick in World Cup history.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by Lindyann23 on (February 28, 2011, 22:57 GMT)

Thank you Kemar Roach for putting a smile on my face after that disaster of a match against South Africa!!

Posted by NCassie on (February 28, 2011, 20:14 GMT)

WI beating the Netherlands really tells you how weak England are....WI should finish in the top 4 of this group with England still to play. WI vs India is 50/50...Can't wait to see how the WI batters handle the Tigers spin attack...it's going to be a close game to call. How good the batsmen perform against the Tigers will determine if WI can even upset India...the World Cup is getting HOT!

Posted by tufli on (February 28, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

accept bagladesh u should win vs others team....anyway bagladesh much better team nw

Posted by dummy4fb on (February 28, 2011, 19:52 GMT)

Congrats to wi and Kemar Roach.Well done. Just keep improving and the victory shall come. Remember it is not just a powerful batting side but an all round team.

Posted by Mannix16 on (February 28, 2011, 19:35 GMT)

wonderful performance... can only hope gayle/pollard/roach/benn have found form and will demolish the other teams.... wish they would put chanderpaul at 3 or 4.. it is an insult for him to be playing at 6/7 and does not suit his style

Posted by ChrisKelly on (February 28, 2011, 17:54 GMT)

That is very true Vinodh...Even if their bowling attak is the worst they must bat well enough to make it not count... well Dun Windies...I am Proud of you guys keep shining!!!!!!!

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 28, 2011, 17:33 GMT)

@ Vinodh Diwakar: Worst bowling team in this World Cup? Surely it has to be India. Doesn't matter how strong India's batting line-up is, their bowlers can't defend anything under 400 at least. Today's result and performance makes you wonder what's wrong with England? Why did they find Netherlands such a painful challenge!

Posted by dummy4fb on (February 28, 2011, 16:49 GMT)

First Hat-trick in World Cup 2011from the Team that was criticized as worst bowling team in this World Cup!

Posted by gtzshotta on (February 28, 2011, 16:31 GMT)

Good performance. Hope Windies can carry this on vs the Bengals, English and Indians.

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