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

Dutch devastated, West Indies resurgent

Firdose Moonda in Delhi

February 28, 2011

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Kemar Roach celebrates his six-wicket haul, Netherlands v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, Delhi, February 28, 2011
Kemar Roach said the victory boosted West Indies ahead of their important clash against Bangladesh © Getty Images

West Indies came sashaying back into this World Cup with a performance so calypso it was a pina colada for the eyes. It had flamboyant batting, destructive bowling, over-the-top celebrations and that essential ingredient, something orange that had been turned to pulp.

The colour was provided by Netherlands, who came into this match on a high, anticipating a decent performance after their competitive showing against England. Ryan ten Doeschate's century had propped them up comfortably, and even though they weren't able to secure victory with the ball, they had shown a determination beyond their minnow status. They had arrived in Delhi with a real base on which to start from.

They came to the capital with so much to live up to, so much promise, so much expectation and so much belief that they were going to compete in the tournament. Against West Indies, they were even spoken about as competing as equals. In a daze of hype, it looked as though the Dutch forgot that beyond the confidence and the positivity, they would actually have to turn up and play, before any of that became a reality.

They had spoken about an improved performance in the field, which they were not able to execute half as well as they talked about. Even though batting has been their strength, without getting the other half of their game to work, it's negated. Peter Borren had no answers, no excuses and by the looks of it, no motivation at the end of the match.

After the game, his one statement summed up an evening that left his team gutted. "If we are going to bat and bowl and field as poorly as we did today, it actually makes no difference if we bat or field first." With that empty statement, and the hollow expression that accompanied it, he left the room. It's going to take a lot for Netherlands to pick themselves up from this demoralising defeat, and they only have three days to figure out how to.

For West Indies, the three days between games can't be over with soon enough. After their initial defeat to South Africa, their 12th in succession, the critics were saying the same thing: that the West Indians were not good enough and would have to battle for their place in the quarter-finals. Then, albeit against an associate side, all the big guns fired. Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard belted out half-centuries and Kemar Roach, their premier strike bowler, ended up with 6 for 27, including the tournament's first hat-trick.

Roach said the victory buoyed the team, particularly for their next challenge in Dhaka. "We take a lot of confidence into the game against Bangladesh," he said. "This match was good preparation for the Bangladesh game. We'll go there on a high. Bangladesh are an improving team but we are better than them."

That kind of confidence is rare for a current West Indian bowler, especially because bowling is considered their weak link, with some suggesting that they would always need big runs because they would struggle to bowl sides out. Roach, who often operates as the lone strike bowler, said that although being a seamer in the subcontinent is challenging, he is adapting. "It's tough coming here as a bowler to the subcontinent, you have to be very accurate and consistent, once you get that right, you get wickets."

Roach opened the bowling with spinner Sulieman Benn in the last two matches, and even though West Indies were renowned for hunting in fast-bowling pairs, he said he doesn't miss not having another quick on the other end. "I don't feel as though as I am left out. Benn is a very good partner of mine. To see that two guys from Barbados are opening the bowling for the West Indies is great."

Although Ravi Rampaul and Andre Russell are waiting in the wings to add to the seam contingent, Roach is happy to carry the load, with Kieron Pollard to help out, if he has to. Roach has been particularly inspired by a message the injured allrounder Dwayne Bravo gave him. "He is my big brother. He said go hard and enjoy it and be confident in whatever you do."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 1, 2011, 17:08 GMT)

this west indies performance says all is not lost . i believe they will reach the quaters. best of luck WI

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 1, 2011, 16:37 GMT)

i dont think the tigers stand a chance against WI,and i also think Dev is a good addition to the team...i see WI wining their game vs Bangladesh very easily, wait and see...

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 1, 2011, 13:34 GMT)

Is Lendyl Simmons injured or is there some non-cricketing reason why he isn't the preferred replacement for his countryman Dwayne Bravo.?

Posted by Nigel on (March 1, 2011, 13:31 GMT)

I am certain that what is being said to the team now is NOT related to a strategy that could skillfully deal with the conditions and team they will face next.

Can anyone remember the last time this format was used in the WC? In Australia/New Zealand in 1992, and guess what? The Windies beat all teams but Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and England in that tournament, which put them out of the semis and finals. Take a look at all the teams we loss to that year, and you would see a trend building in terms of the mental capacity to win games against teams that were better prepared to win.

Moreover, the Captain of that team was the same man that skippered the team to losses against Kenya and Australia in the next tournament, and also the same guy that skippered the team in the surrender of the Sir Frank Worrell Trophy and now the team's manager - having said all that, Who do YOU really think is going to win the game against the Tigers this week?

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 1, 2011, 12:24 GMT)

kudos for kemar and keiron for an excetional performance

Posted by Arnab on (March 1, 2011, 6:54 GMT)

windies beating an associate side and suddenly its a resurgance? i dont think so.. gayle' record against big teams in big games in questionable.. i wouldnt be to hopefuly yet despite the talent in this team

Posted by Arijit on (March 1, 2011, 6:47 GMT)

But this doesn't mean you can come to Bangladesh and win easily guys ...

You will loose to this Bangladesh side

Posted by Amila on (March 1, 2011, 3:28 GMT)

Devendra Bishoo has officially repkaced Dwayne Bravo for the world cup. Not quite sure that is the greatest idea. He doesn't have much experience in the subcontinent and he can't bat at all. If he was going to come in, he should have originally come in for Nikita Miller who looks hopeless and bored to death in the middle. The west indies really need another all rounder or a good fast bowler if they are going to go ahead in this series. They seriously can't expect to be competitive with just two bowlers specially given that their batting is inconsistent and fielding being weak.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 1, 2011, 2:40 GMT)

@Rodne Clark, Bangladesh has a decent spin bowling team. This wicket is not Fast bowling friendly to begin with. But, by no means, anyone is saying WI is a weak team. I mean they got Chris Gayle, Chanderpaul and Bravo brothers.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 1, 2011, 2:37 GMT)

Key is Chris Gayle. Gayle normally plays a great game and then takes a pause for next three or four. I hope, Bangladesh can take care of Gayle soon enough to make an impact. If he is out, WI will face a trickle down effect. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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