ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 13th match, Group B

Netherlands v West Indies

West Indies won by 215 runs

Alright, it's time for play to begin at the Kotla. Netherlands are out there in a burst of, orange. West Indies openers make their way out of the dressing room. Sulieman Benn saunters behind them casually.

Tariq: "Thanks a lot for publishing my comment after my zillionth attempt. Now I can die peacefully ! :)" I wonder how old you are to have tried a zillion times :)

Vijay: "Predicting a Tie! Freakier than the match itself,indeed. I doubt if Warnie has any supernatural power to foresee things,but that which is lost if he tells anyone about it!!So he is sending feelers to the world for people to understand it all by themselves." Well, always the showman, Warnie, isn't he?

Dave: "Is it mandatory for a batting side to use the 3rd powerplay? It seems to be cursed, and when a side if cruising as England were, can they just not use the PP at all?" There is no escaping taxes and the Powerplay, if you don't take it, it will automatically come on in the last five overs.

2.20 pm Time for the national anthems, fellas. Always touching occasions, when national anthems are played.

Tariq: "The nerve shredder was produced solely by England - firstly taking the batting powerplay and then recovering from the shock and getting to the tie.India was un -imaginative, fearful to take risk or try something, just wanted to stop the run flow which strangely they were not able to.Credit goes to England for creating a match of it." Well, I think the 'batting' Powerplay is misleadingly named. It is proving to be anything but that.

After yesterday's cliffhanger - which only Shane Warne thought could end in a tie - predicting the outcome is becoming a nervy business. Think you can match Warnie? Tell us who will win this one.

Aniruddha: "Today Gayle should show us an entertaining innings, after yesterday's match, full of excitement." Wait, he's in your Fantasy XI, isn't he?

Netherlands are hoping the dew comes into play. That is for much later in the evening. They have Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo to worry about first.

Some time to go for the start. Meanwhile, Gnasher McGlashan has put down all you need to know about the build-up to this game in his preview.

I hope you are furiously updating your Fantasy XIs. A FREE 13 inch Macbook Air Notebook awaits you if you can beat the field.

2 pm Toss Sammy spins the coin, Peter Borren calls correctly, and Netherlands will field first. Borren: "We are going with the same team. Hopefully the dew will come into play."

Sammy: "We would have bowled first. Nikita Miller comes in for Dwayne Bravo. We have adjusted the batting order as well. Everyone will move up one position in the absence of Dwayne."

While we wait for the toss, why don't you try your hand at some prediction? Tell us what the playing XI will be for this game.

1.50 pm Tom Moody doing the pitch report says that spin will play a massive role. Team that wins the toss should bat first, he feels. It's the same pitch on which West Indies lost to South Africa

Welcome to our coverage of the game between West Indies and Netherlands in Delhi. After the nerve-shredder that India and England produced yesterday in Bangalore, what will this one produce?

0.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, FOUR, Bukhari has begun well, gets Smith to fell for a gentle away-going delivery outside off and it bursts through the slips all the way to the boundary

0.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, FOUR, no feeling for this one, he just gets the front foot out and drives it to the right of mid off for another boundary

0.3

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, no run, better delivery, making him defend after it pitched on a length around off stump

0.4

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, FOUR, oh well, not the start Netherlands would have wanted, Smith leans out to despatch another one wide of mid off, who goes through the motions of trying to chase it

short extra cover comes in now

0.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, no run, cut away off the back foot, but point dives to his left to save some runs

0.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, no run, the man at short extra cover is in business right away, as Smith drives one down to him off the front foot

End of over 1 (12 runs) West Indies 12/0 (RR: 12.00)
DS Smith    12* (6b 3x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    1-0-12-0
CH Gayle    0* (0b)     

1.1

Westdijk to Gayle, no run, tentatively goes searching for this length delivery outside off stump, pushes inside the line, and is beaten

1.2

Westdijk to Gayle, no run, comes forward lazily and dead bats this one down the pitch

1.3

Westdijk to Gayle, 1 run, goes forward again outside off stump, and guides this one down to third man, Gayle is away

1.4

Westdijk to Smith, 1 wide, some bounce there for the bowler, but the line is all wrong, way down the leg side

1.4

Westdijk to Smith, no run, he is putting in a lot of effort, but the ball is climbing feebly onto Smith, who defends it as if it were the easiest thing in the world

1.5

Westdijk to Smith, no run, takes a half-step out and reaches to drive this angled ball, but short extra cover is a good man to have for such strokes

1.6

Westdijk to Smith, no run, stays in the crease this time and plays out another length ball in to the off side

End of over 2 (2 runs) West Indies 14/0 (RR: 7.00)
DS Smith    12* (9b 3x4)      BA Westdijk    1-0-2-0
CH Gayle    1* (3b)      Mudassar Bukhari    1-0-12-0

Ross Done: "About Warne, someone has to balance out for McGrath. "Glenn - who it going to win today's match?" "Australia 5 - 0!""

2.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, no run, Gayle is surprisingly tentative while Smith is surprisingly aggressive, pokes at another one angled away outside off

2.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, no run, lets the ball come on to bat from a length and pushes out towards point, this is a cautious start from Gayle so far

2.3

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, no run, a half-sign of aggression from the big fella, gets forward and rides the bounce on this one to punch to point

2.4

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, no run, he lets this one in the channel outside off stump go, hmm

2.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, no run, very watchful from Gayle indeed, gets one on the pads, but plays it away to midwicket

2.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, no run, a maiden to Gayle, from Bukhari, would you believe it, Gayle stays rooted to the crease and brings down the bat at an angle, some extra bounce, and the ball bounces close to the stumps, and rolls away

End of over 3 (maiden) West Indies 14/0 (RR: 4.66)
CH Gayle    1* (9b)      Mudassar Bukhari    2-1-12-0
DS Smith    12* (9b 3x4)      BA Westdijk    1-0-2-0

3.1

Westdijk to Smith, no run, some swing, almost in the blockhole, good delivery, Smith is surprised and digs it away in to the on side

3.2

Westdijk to Smith, no run, on the lookout for some swing, this time there isn;t much, he gets to the pitch and slams it to mid off

3.3

Westdijk to Smith, no run, super save in the covers, some steps to his right and went sprawling for the ball, it was crashed off the back foot, and he saved four runs for his side

3.4

Westdijk to Smith, FOUR, a push, a firm push, but a push nevertheless, gets one pitched up and shows the full face of the bat, and the outfield takes care of the rest, Smith picks up a boundary straight past the bowler

3.5

Westdijk to Smith, FOUR, the second time he has edged, but there is hardly any carry in this surface, goes between keeper and slip on the bounce, and beats them both, lucky runs for Smith

3.6

Westdijk to Smith, no run, quicker one swinging on the pads, flicked away to square leg

End of over 4 (8 runs) West Indies 22/0 (RR: 5.50)
DS Smith    20* (15b 5x4)      BA Westdijk    2-0-10-0
CH Gayle    1* (9b)      Mudassar Bukhari    2-1-12-0

4.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, no run, he stands tall in the crease, the pace is so gentle it takes ages to arrive, when it does, he tonks it to mid off

4.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, 1 run, flicked away through square leg, he hasn;t gone hard at the ball yet

4.3

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, no run, lots of searching and feeling being done outside off stump, SMith gets nothing for this waft, not even an edge

4.4

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, no run, defended solidly off the back foot in to the off side

4.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, 1 run, pushes inside the line, and opens the face to run down one on middle to third man

4.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle drives through the line of this length ball, and trots a single as mid off runs across to field

End of over 5 (3 runs) West Indies 25/0 (RR: 5.00)
CH Gayle    3* (12b)      Mudassar Bukhari    3-1-15-0
DS Smith    21* (18b 5x4)      BA Westdijk    2-0-10-0

5.1

Westdijk to Gayle, no run, wide outside off stump, just angled across the left-hander who watches it go

5.2

Westdijk to Gayle, 1 wide, still wider outside off, Gayle continues with just watching it go, but the umpire thinks it is too wide, so it is

5.2

Westdijk to Gayle, no run, plonked down on the off side from the crease

5.3

Westdijk to Gayle, 1 wide, hey, this is the real Gayle, gave him a half-charge but he continues to spray it wide outside off, and Gayle watches it go again, this time from down the track

5.3

Westdijk to Gayle, 1 run, forced away to the right of point, Netherlands are doing a lot of diving around, point joins in the fun

5.4

Westdijk to Smith, no run, again Smith prods at one leaving him outside off stump, and misses, this time it carries to the keeper, who is standing up a long way now

5.5

Westdijk to Smith, 2 runs, gets some width, it is shorter too and cuts it wide of third man, Gayle was ambling the first and had to really hurry back for the second

5.6

Westdijk to Smith, no run, looks to force it through the off side, but is beaten, by the angle, by the bounce, by lack of footwork

End of over 6 (5 runs) West Indies 30/0 (RR: 5.00)
DS Smith    23* (21b 5x4)      BA Westdijk    3-0-15-0
CH Gayle    4* (15b)      Mudassar Bukhari    3-1-15-0

The keeper standing up to the stumps now

6.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, no run, no room for Gayle outside off stump, pushes out to mid off

6.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, no run, still not much width, Gayle is itching for some action now, tries to play the forcing drive, but mistimes it in to the off side

6.3

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, 1 run, gets away with one on the pads, Gayle just nudges it in front of square leg for a run

6.4

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, no run, puts in tonnes of effort, gets some bounce on leg stump, he brings it down towards square leg

6.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, 2 runs, delicately dabs one very close to off stump to the right of third man, a misfield and some positive intent makes him come back for the second

6.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, 1 run, again he steers one outside off stump down to third man, just stays beside the line, and guides it in the end

End of over 7 (4 runs) West Indies 34/0 (RR: 4.85)
DS Smith    26* (24b 5x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    4-1-19-0
CH Gayle    5* (18b)      BA Westdijk    3-0-15-0

Neil Thompson: "It's only a matter of time before Gayle explodes with runs, or implodes and gives his wicket away.. It can't be long now.."

7.1

Westdijk to Smith, FOUR, well, all the desperate diving from point can't save this one, Smith had driven this wide delivery close to point, but he dived and let it go through his hands, and that's all it takes on this fast outfield

7.2

Westdijk to Smith, no run, guided away to point, this time not much on the shot, and point gets behind it nicely

7.3

Westdijk to Smith, no run, eased away in to the off side, Smith is looking a lot less tentative now

7.4

Westdijk to Smith, no run, confidently worked away to midwicket off the back foot, some pace on this one

7.5

Westdijk to Smith, FOUR, Smith gets some width outside off stump, it's enough for him, bends the knee and sends it racing through cover

7.6

Westdijk to Smith, FOUR, width, shortish delivery, Smith does not need more invitation, happily hammers it between cover and point for another boundary, Netherlands looking flat noe

End of over 8 (12 runs) West Indies 46/0 (RR: 5.75)
DS Smith    38* (30b 8x4)      BA Westdijk    4-0-27-0
CH Gayle    5* (18b)      Mudassar Bukhari    4-1-19-0

8.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, no run, Gayle stays in the crease yet again, and drives through the line, not much pace in this pitch to his liking, mid off fields

8.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, no run, again the lack of pace has him taking one on the pads, some interest from Netherlands, but that pitched way outside leg

8.3

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, no run, cannot get the boundary that is his oxygen, forces this length ball away down to mid off

8.4

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, no run, this is a tight line for Gayle, very close to off stump, he tries to force it away again through the off side, but the infield is packed

8.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, 2 wides, Bukhari goes down the leg side this time, beats the keeper as well, even if Gayle is not getting the runs, they find other ways to increase their tally

8.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, no run, good skiddy delivery, does not bounce much but hurries away outside off stump, he is beaten on the cut

8.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Smith, no run, neat end to a tight over, effort delivery thuds in to Smith;s straight bat, and rolls away to mid off

End of over 9 (2 runs) West Indies 48/0 (RR: 5.33)
DS Smith    38* (32b 8x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    5-1-21-0
CH Gayle    5* (22b)      BA Westdijk    4-0-27-0

Tendo comes in to the attack. He troubled England with his nippy seamers. Shishank: "I think the way Gayle is playing today, he should play like this when he is up against stronger oppositions. He just goes crazy in the head when he is playing against stronger teams. He just wants to hit everything out of the park.That just can not happen all the time."

9.1

ten Doeschate to Gayle, 1 run, as calm a Gayle as you'll ever see, guides this one outside off wide of third man

Anchal: "I think Gayle is tring to emulate Sehwag.. "I'll try to play 50 overs""

9.2

ten Doeschate to Smith, 1 run, looses this one, ends up as a high full toss, Smith is surprised and pushes it away to mid off

9.3

ten Doeschate to Gayle, FOUR, Chris Gayle has a boundary, finally, it is the tenth over, takes a step out, gets to the half volley, and crashes it past mid off

9.4

ten Doeschate to Gayle, FOUR, have the floodgates opened? Gayle gets a fuller one, and this time he forcefully pushes it to the left of mid off

9.5

ten Doeschate to Gayle, FOUR, more fuller stuff from Tendo, this is a horror start for him, Gayle merrily tonks it over short extra cover, and past mid off, three in three, this is no imposter, this is CH Gayle, alright

9.6

ten Doeschate to Gayle, 1 run, now he even keeps the strike with a single down to mid off

End of over 10 (15 runs) West Indies 63/0 (RR: 6.30)
CH Gayle    19* (27b 3x4)      RN ten Doeschate    1-0-15-0
DS Smith    39* (33b 8x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    5-1-21-0

bowling Powerplay is taken, and Loots comes on

10.1

Loots to Gayle, 1 wide, gentle wide delivery down the leg side, got away with it

10.1

Loots to Gayle, FOUR, whoops, this one was just a nudge, he just helped it backward of square leg, and it goes all the way to the boundary, now come on, how well was this timed?

10.2

Loots to Gayle, no run, lets this one outside off stumps go

10.3

Loots to Gayle, 1 run, picks up a single through midwicket, think 'long haul'

10.4

Loots to Smith, 1 run, they are not helping by bowling on the pads, another single down to fine leg

10.5

Loots to Gayle, FOUR, this is poor bowling, yet another one on the pads, Gayle tickles it as fine and as softly as a Gayle can, and it runs away way past the man at short fine leg

10.6

Loots to Gayle, no run, worked away straight to short fine leg, Loots gets away this time

End of over 11 (11 runs) West Indies 74/0 (RR: 6.72)
CH Gayle    28* (32b 5x4)      BP Loots    1-0-11-0
DS Smith    40* (34b 8x4)      RN ten Doeschate    1-0-15-0

Yasir: "@Shishank... The whole phenomena is called Afridi syndrome, it is a medically recognized disease."

Arjun: "I have both Doeschate and Gayle in my fantasy league team. How do I describe my feelings during the 10th over of WI innings?" Tough one

11.1

ten Doeschate to Smith, 1 run, slapped away off the front foot to sweeper cover

11.2

ten Doeschate to Gayle, 1 bye, wide outside off stump, and the keeper fails to collect it cleanly

11.3

ten Doeschate to Smith, no run, much better from Tendo, this is how he bowled against England, nips in on the stumps, making him defend hastily

11.4

ten Doeschate to Smith, 1 run, this is not

11.5

ten Doeschate to Gayle, no run, gets away with another one outside off stump now

11.6

ten Doeschate to Gayle, no run, Gayle eases this one down to mid on, he has had a monkish feeling about him today

End of over 12 (3 runs) West Indies 77/0 (RR: 6.41)
CH Gayle    28* (35b 5x4)      RN ten Doeschate    2-0-17-0
DS Smith    42* (37b 8x4)      BP Loots    1-0-11-0

12.1

Loots to Smith, 1 run, shortish one from round the stumps, guided away wide of third man

12.2

Loots to Gayle, no run, plays a free-flowing drive down to mid off, no violence in it, how unGaylely

12.3

Loots to Gayle, 1 run, now he pushes one even more softly in front of cover, and darts across for the single

12.4

Loots to Smith, 1 run, Smith keeps getting those comfortable singles down to third man, lots of friendliness in this attack at the moment

12.5

Loots to Gayle, no run, better line, closer to off stump, Gayle brings bat and pad close together and defends

12.6

Loots to Gayle, 1 run, he works around the tight line, pushes this one to mid on, and with those monstrous strides, the single is done almost as soon as it begun

End of over 13 (4 runs) West Indies 81/0 (RR: 6.23)
CH Gayle    30* (39b 5x4)      BP Loots    2-0-15-0
DS Smith    44* (39b 8x4)      RN ten Doeschate    2-0-17-0

13.1

ten Doeschate to Gayle, FOUR, take that, the pent-up violence, the pent-up force bursts through, in Gayle's slot and he bashes it down the ground, mid off thought he had a chance, even as he was in his dive, the ball crashed into the boundary

13.2

ten Doeschate to Gayle, no run, another forcing through-the-line drive, this time the timing is not as good, mid off stops it

13.3

ten Doeschate to Gayle, no run, flicked away through midwicket

13.4

ten Doeschate to Gayle, 1 run

13.5

ten Doeschate to Smith, no run

13.6

ten Doeschate to Smith, 1 wide, too wide outside the off stump, Tendo is all over the place at the moment

13.6

ten Doeschate to Smith, 1 run, Smith takes the gift outside off stump, eases it away to third man

End of over 14 (7 runs) West Indies 88/0 (RR: 6.28)
DS Smith    45* (41b 8x4)      RN ten Doeschate    3-0-24-0
CH Gayle    35* (43b 6x4)      BP Loots    2-0-15-0

14.1

Loots to Smith, no run, comes forward and drives confidently, there is absolutely nothing in this track, down to mid off

14.2

Loots to Smith, no run, tighter line, but no issues for Smith, defends it to extra cover off the back foot

14.3

Loots to Smith, FOUR, even an edge goes West Indies' way, Smith gets forward and edges the drive past the keeper, too much on it for third man to have a chance

14.4

Loots to Smith, 1 run, half-century for Smith, ominous for Netherlands, the steer down to third man it is that brings up the 50

14.5

Loots to Gayle, 1 run, helped away past square leg, easy pickings from the pads

14.6

Loots to Smith, 1 run, even better from West Indies, well-run tight single to mid on, who makes it slightly easier by failing to pick up the ball cleanly

End of over 15 (7 runs) West Indies 95/0 (RR: 6.33)
DS Smith    51* (46b 9x4)      BP Loots    3-0-22-0
CH Gayle    36* (44b 6x4)      RN ten Doeschate    3-0-24-0

Syed: "@Arjun.......describe it with "Loots of the dream world"....." Tom Cooper, he from Australia, comes on now for some spin

15.1

Cooper to Smith, no run, tossed up very full from round the stumps, squeezed away, beats cover, but point tidies up

15.2

Cooper to Smith, 1 run, shorter now, slapped away to sweeper cover

15.3

Cooper to Gayle, 1 run, smooth drive off the front foot, comes forward and finds sweeper cover

15.4

Cooper to Smith, 1 run, time for the busy middle-overs men to be in business, full toss pushed down to long on

15.5

Cooper to Gayle, no run, tight line outside off, Gayle gets to it and defends

15.6

Cooper to Gayle, 1 run, long-on has another delivery driven down to him, Gayle on strike next over

End of over 16 (4 runs) West Indies 99/0 (RR: 6.18)
CH Gayle    38* (47b 6x4)      TLW Cooper    1-0-4-0
DS Smith    53* (49b 9x4)      BP Loots    3-0-22-0

16.1

Loots to Gayle, 1 run, full delivery outside off stump, and Gayle drives it away to sweeper cover

16.2

Loots to Smith, no run, some inward movement off the pitch, such rare instances do occur once in a million years, forced away to mid off

16.3

Loots to Smith, OUT, breakthrough for Netherlands, finally, Smith goes, tried to cut away this delivery which is too close, stayed low too, he got a thin edge through to the keeper, it was a neat take from him, umpire Taufel sends Smith on his way

DS Smith c †Barresi b Loots 53 (67m 51b 9x4 0x6) SR: 103.92

Darren Bravo, it is, for a second looking at him do some pitch gardening, I thought it was you know who

16.4

Loots to Bravo, no run, nicely behind the line of this one one a length outside off stump, that initial shuffle and the confident thrust forward

16.5

Loots to Bravo, no run, this one's on middle and leg, he brings out another confident forward defensive

16.6

Loots to Bravo, no run, angled in on middle and leg, he gets around it and plays it away to midwicket

End of over 17 (1 run) West Indies 100/1 (RR: 5.88)
DM Bravo    0* (3b)      BP Loots    4-0-23-1
CH Gayle    39* (48b 6x4)      TLW Cooper    1-0-4-0

17.1

Cooper to Gayle, no run, tossed up delivery, pushed away to short extra cover, well bowled

17.2

Cooper to Gayle, 1 run, full toss on leg stump, what does Gayle do? he eases it away, along the ground, to midwicket

17.3

Cooper to Bravo, 1 wide, too wide outside off stump, kept very low too

17.3

Cooper to Bravo, no run, nice line on middle stump, he pushes it back to the bowler

17.4

Cooper to Bravo, no run, cut off the back foot to point

17.5

Cooper to Bravo, 1 run, flighted outside off stump, eased away in to the gap past extra cover

17.6

Cooper to Gayle, 1 run, nurdled in to the leg side for one, lots on unGaylely things happening today, pushing, nudging, blocking

End of over 18 (4 runs) West Indies 104/1 (RR: 5.77)
CH Gayle    41* (51b 6x4)      TLW Cooper    2-0-8-0
DM Bravo    1* (6b)      BP Loots    4-0-23-1

18.1

Loots to Gayle, no run, crunched away off the back foot, it was short and sitting up, but Gayle found short extra cover

18.2

Loots to Gayle, no run, much fuller, he is just a touch late on the shot, pushes it out on the off side in the end

18.3

Loots to Gayle, FOUR, make way, make way, Gayle lofts a half volley down the ground, long on has no chance, he just stood and swung it over the bowler's head

18.4

Loots to Gayle, 2 runs, now a nudge backward of square leg, the placement is so good it gets him two

18.5

Loots to Gayle, 1 run, gets the single down the ground now, runs all around

18.6

Loots to Bravo, no run, already he is well forward to meet the ball, it is angled in, so he adjusts slightly to push it out with an angled bat towards covers

End of over 19 (7 runs) West Indies 111/1 (RR: 5.84)
DM Bravo    1* (7b)      BP Loots    5-0-30-1
CH Gayle    48* (56b 7x4)      TLW Cooper    2-0-8-0

Seelar, slow left armer, is on now

19.1

Seelaar to Gayle, no run, makes Gayle push at a flighted one on middle, rolls away to mid off

19.2

Seelaar to Gayle, no run, now he pushes it back to the bowler

19.3

Seelaar to Gayle, 1 run, gets the single down to long off with a powerful drive

19.4

Seelaar to Bravo, no run, wristily worked down the track, got forward to this one outside off

19.5

Seelaar to Bravo, no run, good start from the spinner, Bravo defends another one to Seelar's left

19.6

Seelaar to Bravo, 1 run, more flight, more width outside off, driven away along the ground elegantly to sweeper cover

End of over 20 (2 runs) West Indies 113/1 (RR: 5.65)
DM Bravo    2* (10b)      PM Seelaar    1-0-2-0
CH Gayle    49* (59b 7x4)      BP Loots    5-0-30-1

20.1

Loots to Bravo, FOUR, thwack! Bravo hits across the line of a fuller one, gets it off the toe end of the bat, still enough timing and power on it to run in to the straight boundary

20.2

Loots to Bravo, no run, pushed away towards point with an open bat face

20.3

Loots to Bravo, no run, very full on off stump, he drives it to extra cover

20.4

Loots to Bravo, no run, goes on leg stump with the angle from round the stumps, he shuffles and plays it out to midwicket

20.5

Loots to Bravo, 1 run, uses those wrists to send this full one scurrying down to long on

20.6

Loots to Gayle, 1 leg bye, gets forward and tries to go midwicket, but it rolls away off the pads to square leg

End of over 21 (6 runs) West Indies 119/1 (RR: 5.66)
CH Gayle    49* (60b 7x4)      BP Loots    6-0-35-1
DM Bravo    7* (15b 1x4)      PM Seelaar    1-0-2-0

Praveen: "If Gayle and Darren can bat together for a good number of overs, with Gayle's brutality and Darren's Lara-like elegance, they can steer WI to a mammoth total.. but then u can argue it will be against a minnow."

21.1

Seelaar to Gayle, no run, pushed hard back to the bowler

21.2

Seelaar to Gayle, no run, amid cries of 'we need six' he gets a full toss and plays it out towards midwicket

21.3

Seelaar to Gayle, 1 run, gets to his 50 now with a push down to long on, taken his time but he is still there

21.4

Seelaar to Bravo, no run, backs away for the cut, but this one doesn't get up much, doesn't turn too, and he underedges it close to the crease

21.5

Seelaar to Bravo, 1 run, tossed up and gets him to drive towards mid off, Gayle is a bit slow in starting off but his huge strides take him home in the end

21.6

Seelaar to Gayle, 1 run, and he will keep the strike with a driven single to long off

End of over 22 (3 runs) West Indies 122/1 (RR: 5.54)
CH Gayle    51* (64b 7x4)      PM Seelaar    2-0-5-0
DM Bravo    8* (17b 1x4)      BP Loots    6-0-35-1

22.1

Cooper to Gayle, no run, lovely delivery, flighted slowly close to off stump, Gayle leaves it alone in the end after planting front foot out

22.2

Cooper to Gayle, SIX, more flight, this time Gayle takes the bait, gets out and hits it cleanly, not much power but enough to take it over long off

22.3

Cooper to Gayle, no run, similar delivery, but he now does the forward defence, hmm

22.4

Cooper to Gayle, SIX, flat and furious, this one had a lot of power alright, it was scythed flat down the ground and crashed into the boards over the long off boundary

22.5

Cooper to Gayle, no run, played away in to the off side

22.6

Cooper to Gayle, 1 run

End of over 23 (13 runs) West Indies 135/1 (RR: 5.86)
CH Gayle    64* (70b 7x4 2x6)      TLW Cooper    3-0-21-0
DM Bravo    8* (17b 1x4)      PM Seelaar    2-0-5-0

23.1

Seelaar to Gayle, no run, defended down the track, oscillating between violence and non-violence

23.2

Seelaar to Gayle, 1 run, drives this full delivery down to long on and walks through, they call it a run

23.3

Seelaar to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo shimmies and sends this along the ground in the direction of long on

23.4

Seelaar to Gayle, no run, blocked down the track, this is admirable patience from Gayle

23.5

Seelaar to Gayle, 1 run, now comes the smashing drive to long on

23.6

Seelaar to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo keeps the strike with a single down the ground, good old middle overs batting

End of over 24 (4 runs) West Indies 139/1 (RR: 5.79)
DM Bravo    10* (19b 1x4)      PM Seelaar    3-0-9-0
CH Gayle    66* (74b 7x4 2x6)      TLW Cooper    3-0-21-0

24.1

Cooper to Bravo, no run, pushes far forward in defence, gets hit on the pads in front of the stumps, that looked mighty close, umpire Taufel didn't think so

24.2

Cooper to Bravo, 1 run, short and turning away outside off, cut away off the back foot

24.3

Cooper to Gayle, no run, fired in flatter on the pads, quickly pushes it down the track

24.4

Cooper to Gayle, no run, another one defended back to the bowler

24.5

Cooper to Gayle, no run, stretches out to smother this one, but it rolls away to the keeper, very close to the stumps, tight over this

24.6

Cooper to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle continues to pinch the singles at will, this one through midwicket

End of over 25 (2 runs) West Indies 141/1 (RR: 5.64)
CH Gayle    67* (78b 7x4 2x6)      TLW Cooper    4-0-23-0
DM Bravo    11* (21b 1x4)      PM Seelaar    3-0-9-0

25.1

Seelaar to Gayle, no run, eased back to the bowler

25.2

Seelaar to Gayle, no run, flatter and quicker, Gayle came rushing down the pitch initially but pushed it back to the bowler in the end

25.3

Seelaar to Gayle, no run, nudged away in front of square leg

25.4

Seelaar to Gayle, no run, very full on the stumps, he keeps the patience, and blocks it down the track

25.5

Seelaar to Gayle, 1 run, now he gets the single, easing this one down the ground

25.6

Seelaar to Bravo, no run, goes across and outside off stump, and plays this one with the turn

End of over 26 (1 run) West Indies 142/1 (RR: 5.46)
DM Bravo    11* (22b 1x4)      PM Seelaar    4-0-10-0
CH Gayle    68* (83b 7x4 2x6)      TLW Cooper    4-0-23-0

26.1

Cooper to Gayle, 1 run, flicked to deep midwicket for another single, Gayle is almost looking like Misbah now with all this accumulation

26.2

Cooper to Bravo, 1 run, more singles, now Bravo gets one to long on

26.3

Cooper to Gayle, 1 run, driven wide of long on now, Gayle changes ends

26.4

Cooper to Bravo, no run, goes pushing at this tossed up delivery, but then waits for it to come and guides it to point

26.5

Cooper to Bravo, no run, almost yorks himself, comes down the track, and gets an inside edge on to pad

26.6

Cooper to Bravo, no run, another tight over ends, Bravo cannot do much with this one

End of over 27 (3 runs) West Indies 145/1 (RR: 5.37)
DM Bravo    12* (26b 1x4)      TLW Cooper    5-0-26-0
CH Gayle    70* (85b 7x4 2x6)      PM Seelaar    4-0-10-0

27.1

Seelaar to Gayle, no run, flat, quick and turning in, Gayle takes it on the pad as he is late in bringing down the bat

27.2

Seelaar to Gayle, no run, good one, slowed it down, tossed it up, he blocked it back to the bowler

27.3

Seelaar to Gayle, no run, another dot ball, hmm, this one pushed out in the off side

27.4

Seelaar to Gayle, no run, well, well, Gayle blocks another flighted one down the track

27.5

Seelaar to Gayle, no run, brings bat in front of pad to turn this one close to the pitch on the on side

27.6

Seelaar to Gayle, no run, maiden, it's a maiden over, Gayle plays out this one on the off side, this is a bit too much now

End of over 28 (maiden) West Indies 145/1 (RR: 5.17)
CH Gayle    70* (91b 7x4 2x6)      PM Seelaar    5-1-10-0
DM Bravo    12* (26b 1x4)      TLW Cooper    5-0-26-0

28.1

Cooper to Bravo, SIX, Bravo goes downtown, getting to the pitch of a flighted one, and collecting runs down the ground

28.2

Cooper to Bravo, 1 run, tries to do that again, but is nowhere near the pitch of the ball, gets an inside edge backward of square leg

28.3

Cooper to Gayle, 1 run, the monk pushes one down the ground for one

28.4

Cooper to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo brings Gayle on strike with a single on the leg side

28.5

Cooper to Gayle, 1 run, goes hard at this one, but cannot beat long off

28.6

Cooper to Bravo, 1 run, pushed out to cover for another single

End of over 29 (11 runs) West Indies 156/1 (RR: 5.37)
DM Bravo    21* (30b 1x4 1x6)      TLW Cooper    6-0-37-0
CH Gayle    72* (93b 7x4 2x6)      PM Seelaar    5-1-10-0

29.1

Seelaar to Bravo, no run, shuffles down the track, and plays with the turn to the leg side

29.2

Seelaar to Bravo, no run, quicker one, much quicker, closer to off stump too, jabs it away behind point

29.3

Seelaar to Bravo, SIX, if Gayle don't get you, Bravo will, shimmies down the track in an all-too-familiar manner, gets underneath the ball and hits it high down the ground

29.4

Seelaar to Bravo, 1 run, he shortens the length predictably, and bravo cuts it away to sweeper cover

29.5

Seelaar to Gayle, no run, Gayle cannot be bothered into anything hasty today, pushes out at another one

29.6

Seelaar to Gayle, no run, plays out another dot ball, how many of them to Gayle today? Immense

End of over 30 (7 runs) West Indies 163/1 (RR: 5.43)
CH Gayle    72* (95b 7x4 2x6)      PM Seelaar    6-1-17-0
DM Bravo    28* (34b 1x4 2x6)      TLW Cooper    6-0-37-0

Tendo is back. Will we see more intent from Gayle?

30.1

ten Doeschate to Bravo, 1 run, one hand comes off the bat handle, not much pace on this short one off the pitch, and he mistimes the attempted cut down the ground

30.2

ten Doeschate to Gayle, no run, Gayle is unmoved, drives to short extra cover off the front foot

30.3

ten Doeschate to Gayle, 2 runs, now there is lots of intent, cracked away off the back foot, sweeper cover has to hurry to cut it off

30.4

ten Doeschate to Gayle, 1 run, this time he is back to his unusual calm self, brings Bravo on strike with a single

30.5

ten Doeschate to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo turns this one on the leg side for another run

30.6

ten Doeschate to Gayle, no run, no room to work with this time, on middle and leg, pushed away to midwicket

End of over 31 (5 runs) West Indies 168/1 (RR: 5.41)
CH Gayle    75* (99b 7x4 2x6)      RN ten Doeschate    4-0-29-0
DM Bravo    30* (36b 1x4 2x6)      PM Seelaar    6-1-17-0

simon: "Seelaar is obviously in Gayle's fantasy team ... " Ha!

31.1

Seelaar to Bravo, no run, shuffles across and down the track to push this one away on the leg side

31.2

Seelaar to Bravo, OUT, Seelar is rewarded for flighting the ball with control, he bowled this a little wider outside off stump, Bravo had already decided where this one was to go, he darted down the pitch, had to reach out a bit to get to it, and ended up lofting it to long on who didn't have to move much, this is what Gayle has been looking to avoid

DM Bravo c Kervezee b Seelaar 30 (42m 38b 1x4 2x6) SR: 78.94

Ramnaresh Sarwan comes out now

31.3

Seelaar to Sarwan, no run, this one kept low, it went straight on with the arm, but was short and allowed Sarwan to block it

31.4

Seelaar to Sarwan, no run, comes forward and pushes out on the off side

31.5

Seelaar to Sarwan, no run, goes back in the crease and works this one away to midwicket

31.6

Seelaar to Sarwan, 1 run, ends up as a full toss as he endeavours for more flight, Sarwan eases it nicely down the ground to long off

End of over 32 (1 run) West Indies 169/2 (RR: 5.28)
RR Sarwan    1* (4b)      PM Seelaar    7-1-18-1
CH Gayle    75* (99b 7x4 2x6)      RN ten Doeschate    4-0-29-0

Yuvraj: "In response to what Simon said, shouldn't Chris be gifting his wicket to Seelar for some easy points then?"

32.1

ten Doeschate to Sarwan, no run, another keeps low outside off stump, the Kotla up to its tricks, old boy, Sarwan jabs it away down the track

32.2

ten Doeschate to Sarwan, 1 run, works this one on middle and leg through square leg off the back foot

32.3

ten Doeschate to Gayle, 1 run, looks to hammer this through the off side, it was shortish and sitting up, but there are men in the deep

32.4

ten Doeschate to Sarwan, 3 wides, lovely line for Gayle, but it is Sarwan on strike, it ends up down the leg side, keeper fails to gather it too

32.4

ten Doeschate to Sarwan, no run, hurries him in to a defensive push down the track

32.5

ten Doeschate to Sarwan, no run, bounces a lot this one, now then, but wide outside off stump, and he brings it down with a slap-cut

32.6

ten Doeschate to Sarwan, no run, fuller and on the stumps, better delivery, he drives it to midwicket

End of over 33 (5 runs) West Indies 174/2 (RR: 5.27)
RR Sarwan    2* (9b)      RN ten Doeschate    5-0-34-0
CH Gayle    76* (100b 7x4 2x6)      PM Seelaar    7-1-18-1

Bukhari is back

33.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, 1 run, and is driven hard first ball to long off

33.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Sarwan, FOUR, superb stroke from Sarwan, that swishing cover drive of his, gets forward and comfortably beats the infield, and then beats sweeper cover too in the end

33.3

Mudassar Bukhari to Sarwan, 1 bye, goes for the pull now, but cannot connect, the keeper cannot collect, have been quite a few byes

33.4

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, 1 run, slapped away through the off side off the back foot

33.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Sarwan, no run, comes forward and pushes hard at the ball, not much backlift, and it is hit so straight it cannons into Gayle's middle stumps

33.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Sarwan, no run, played out in to the off side, Sarwan is looking hard around for runs

End of over 34 (7 runs) West Indies 181/2 (RR: 5.32)
RR Sarwan    6* (13b 1x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    6-1-27-0
CH Gayle    78* (102b 7x4 2x6)      RN ten Doeschate    5-0-34-0

34.1

ten Doeschate to Gayle, 1 run, punched away through extra cover for a single

34.2

ten Doeschate to Sarwan, no run, goes on the back foot and punches a length ball, but short extra cover is in the way

34.3

ten Doeschate to Sarwan, SIX, Sarwan swings, Sarwan connects, just lifts a length ball by swinging across the line, it was hit so well it went many rows back over long on

34.4

ten Doeschate to Sarwan, 1 run, now brings Gayle back on strike with a single on the leg side

34.5

ten Doeschate to Gayle, 1 no ball, Gayle prevents the wide with a stretched out push to point, but it is a no-ball as well, only three men were in the ring, and you thought only Collingwood was forgetful

34.5

ten Doeschate to Gayle, no run, better delivery, no room for Gayle, pushed out in to the leg side

34.6

ten Doeschate to Gayle, no run, nothing much to do with those, wicket-to-wicket stuff it is, Gayle continues to block

End of over 35 (9 runs) West Indies 190/2 (RR: 5.42)
CH Gayle    79* (106b 7x4 2x6)      RN ten Doeschate    6-0-43-0
RR Sarwan    13* (16b 1x4 1x6)      Mudassar Bukhari    6-1-27-0

35.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Sarwan, no run, gets some extra bounce that surprises Sarwan as he came forward looking to flick through midwicket, but fended it down in the end

35.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Sarwan, 1 run, dropped gosh, that should have been taken, Sarwan was a bit lazy with his feet, and just drove away from the body, it flew to sweeper cover who seemed to have it in control, but clanged it as he went down on his knees

35.3

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, no run, driven hard but straight to extra cover

35.4

Mudassar Bukhari to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle continues to pick up the singles as easily as ever

35.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Sarwan, no run, on the stumps. Sarwan blocks it off the back foot

35.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Sarwan, FOUR, loses his line, and concedes four, Sarwan does not miss out, shuffles and sends one down the pads past fine leg for a boundary

End of over 36 (6 runs) West Indies 196/2 (RR: 5.44)
RR Sarwan    18* (20b 2x4 1x6)      Mudassar Bukhari    7-1-33-0
CH Gayle    80* (108b 7x4 2x6)      RN ten Doeschate    6-0-43-0

Gayle is one short of 8000 ODI runs, and West Indies take the batting Powerplay. India and England suffered when they took theirs, what will Gayle do?

36.1

ten Doeschate to Gayle, no run, full on the pads, Gayle flicks it backward of square leg

36.2

ten Doeschate to Gayle, OUT, the batting Powerplay did you say, Gayle goes as soon as it starts, swings hard at a length ball, and swings it straight down to long off, bah, whoever named this a batting Powerplay?

CH Gayle c Kervezee b ten Doeschate 80 (136m 110b 7x4 2x6) SR: 72.72

Munaf: "Its an ideal finishing pad for Pollard and Sammy... I hope they deliver today... " Pollard comes in now, first over of the Powerplay, he is wearing a hat, too

36.3

ten Doeschate to Pollard, 1 run, gets one on the pads, and is away with a flick to fine leg

Salil: "Nicely jinxed,how do u acquire such skills???" Well, one got the feeling something had to give

36.4

ten Doeschate to Sarwan, no run, slower one floated up outside off, keeps low, he is beaten on the cut

36.5

ten Doeschate to Sarwan, no run, nice delivery from Tendo, fuller and quicker, close to the off stump, he squeezes it out to short extra cover

36.6

ten Doeschate to Sarwan, 1 wide, goes wide down the leg side, have been a few of those, and it is not taken cleanly, there have been numerous of those

36.6

ten Doeschate to Sarwan, 1 run, tight single, well run, it was driven hard, and got quickly to extra cover, but Pollard has big feet, and bigger strides

End of over 37 (3 runs) West Indies 199/3 (RR: 5.37)
RR Sarwan    19* (23b 2x4 1x6)      RN ten Doeschate    7-0-46-1
KA Pollard    1* (1b)      Mudassar Bukhari    7-1-33-0

Talha: "Sammy really needs to start performing or else he may be remembered as the Mike Brearley of the Windies...well thats if he gets his captains hat on correctly!" Seelar has shown some heart, he'll have to show more of it now

37.1

Seelaar to Sarwan, no run, flatter and on the stumps, Sarwan is forward in tight defence

37.2

Seelaar to Sarwan, 1 run, still flatter, this time he gets to it and drives to long off, brings Pollard on strike, also, 200 is up

37.3

Seelaar to Pollard, SIX, whoosh, he didn't seemed to hit it hard at all, just took a step out and swung at the right instant, would you believe it, it disappeared somewhere into the top tier

37.4

Seelaar to Pollard, 1 run, goes harder at this one, but along the ground to long off

37.5

Seelaar to Sarwan, 1 run, now Sarwan goes even harder, to one outside off stump, but cannot get it past extra cover

37.6

Seelaar to Pollard, 1 run, Pollard will keep the strike with a single

End of over 38 (10 runs) West Indies 209/3 (RR: 5.50)
KA Pollard    9* (4b 1x6)      PM Seelaar    8-1-28-1
RR Sarwan    21* (26b 2x4 1x6)      RN ten Doeschate    7-0-46-1

Devendra: "Should the batting powerplay be renamed to batting kamikaze?"

38.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Pollard, FOUR, poor ball, Pollard takes toll, gets one full on the pads, and flicks it past a helpless short fine leg

38.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Pollard, FOUR, Pollard displays his strength, again just seemed a push, but he also has the gift of timing along with power, lofted a length ball over extra cover, just like that

38.3

Mudassar Bukhari to Pollard, 1 run, now Sarwan comes on strike as Pollard hits a fuller one through midwicket

38.4

Mudassar Bukhari to Sarwan, 1 run

38.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Pollard, FOUR, flicks a full toss, another full toss, poor bowling really, a misfield at square leg too, troubles for Netherlands, Pollard collects four more

38.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Pollard, SIX, massive, huge, gets underneath a full one on the stumps, sends it into the stratosphere. too bad it had to come down, came down in the top tier, Pollard has come in and just exploded

End of over 39 (20 runs) West Indies 229/3 (RR: 5.87)
KA Pollard    28* (9b 3x4 2x6)      Mudassar Bukhari    8-1-53-0
RR Sarwan    22* (27b 2x4 1x6)      PM Seelaar    8-1-28-1

28 off 9, Sarwan has 22 off 27, he hasn't played badly at all

39.1

ten Doeschate to Sarwan, 1 run, the absolutely right thing to do, tap to covers and bring the brute on strike

39.2

ten Doeschate to Pollard, 1 run, good delivery, back of a length outside off, he stays on the back foot and fends it away to short third man

39.3

ten Doeschate to Sarwan, no run, he misses out, cuts a delivery from outside off stump to point

39.4

ten Doeschate to Sarwan, no run, Tendo appeals, picks up the ball, then appeals again, no response from umpire Saheba, he had rapped Sarwan on the pads but it looked like sliding down leg

39.5

ten Doeschate to Sarwan, FOUR, elegance amid the violence from Sarwan, it was a full toss, and he caresses it through extra cover off the front foot

39.6

ten Doeschate to Sarwan, FOUR, Sarwan continues to succeed with this brand of non-violence, gets one on the pads, and flicks it wristily in front of square leg for successive boundaries

End of over 40 (10 runs) West Indies 239/3 (RR: 5.97)
RR Sarwan    31* (32b 4x4 1x6)      RN ten Doeschate    8-0-56-1
KA Pollard    29* (10b 3x4 2x6)      Mudassar Bukhari    8-1-53-0

Kendall: "Or...maybe should be re-named to 'Pollards Plunder Time'"

40.1

Westdijk to Pollard, 1 run, darts in with the angle from short of a length, Pollard goes outside the line, drops it in front of square leg, and off they go

40.2

Westdijk to Sarwan, FOUR, Sarwan likes width outside off stump, he loves it, gives himself even more room outside leg, and picks it high over cover, one bounce and over the ropes, problems for Netherlands from both ends

40.3

Westdijk to Sarwan, 1 wide, he gives him room down leg side this time, Sarwan cannot capitalise though

40.3

Westdijk to Sarwan, FOUR, even this goes for four, Sarwan was backing away outside leg, the bowler followed him with a slower one, and Sarwan asjusted to swat it past midwicket, it teased the fielder all the way and trickled over the ropes

40.4

Westdijk to Sarwan, 1 run, brings Pollard on strike now with a single to cover

40.5

Westdijk to Pollard, 1 run, Pollard cannot get underneath this slow fullish delivery, and in the end drives it past the bowler along the ground

40.6

Westdijk to Sarwan, 1 run, Sarwan keeps strike with yet another single, 56 off the Powerplay, alright this was a batting one

End of over 41 (13 runs) West Indies 252/3 (RR: 6.14)
RR Sarwan    41* (36b 6x4 1x6)      BA Westdijk    5-0-40-0
KA Pollard    31* (12b 3x4 2x6)      RN ten Doeschate    8-0-56-1

Paul: "Great to see Pollard rocking the wide brimmed hat! Reminds you of that great West Indian cavalier, Richie Richardson..."

41.1

Loots to Sarwan, no run, straight on middle stump, kept a shade low, Sarwan jabbed it away in the end

41.2

Loots to Sarwan, 1 run, dropped Sarwan survives again, he came down the track, stood still and gave it everything, it looped away behind the keeper, three men converged on it, and one of them managed to drop it, wow, what a clanger

41.3

Loots to Pollard, 1 run, mowed away off the back foot, it was very short, very slow, and down the pads, goes backward of square

41.4

Loots to Sarwan, FOUR, nifty from Sarwan, some width outside off stump, and Sarwan just helps it on tis way, ans short third man has no chance at all

41.5

Loots to Sarwan, 2 runs, they even pinch an extra single now, it was pushed to midwicket, but the bowler lumbered to it, they had scrambled across for two

41.6

Loots to Sarwan, 1 run, Sarwan continues to make them pay for those dropped lollies, keeps strike with a single through square leg

End of over 42 (9 runs) West Indies 261/3 (RR: 6.21)
RR Sarwan    49* (41b 7x4 1x6)      BP Loots    7-0-44-1
KA Pollard    32* (13b 3x4 2x6)      BA Westdijk    5-0-40-0

42.1

Westdijk to Sarwan, OUT, they don't come closer than those, full on the stumps, misses the waft across the line, umpire Taufel gives him out straight away, he was hit on the toes, and was on the crease too, Sarwan finally runs out of luck, but it has been a fluent knock

RR Sarwan lbw b Westdijk 49 (55m 42b 7x4 1x6) SR: 116.66

Edgar: "No More like Sarwan's Sweet Swatting!" Good while it lasted, definitely. Sammy comes in. He needs some runs

42.2

Westdijk to Sammy, FOUR, this will do, shuffles across to one on the pads,and sends it racing past short fine leg

42.3

Westdijk to Sammy, no run, stands tall and looks to punch on the up through cover, everything right, except he did not connect

42.4

Westdijk to Sammy, no run, bowls it very full outside off stump, he looked to squeeze it past backward point, but cannot connect again

42.5

Westdijk to Sammy, 1 run, huge backlift, sends this full delivery on the stumps past Pollard to long on

42.6

Westdijk to Pollard, FOUR, deft from Pollard, no power in that one, just shuffled across the stumps, took a length ball from middle stump, and turned the wrists to send it to the right of short fine leg, superb placement

End of over 43 (9 runs) West Indies 270/4 (RR: 6.27)
KA Pollard    36* (14b 4x4 2x6)      BA Westdijk    6-0-49-1
DJG Sammy    5* (4b 1x4)      BP Loots    7-0-44-1

Sriram: "So Shivnarine is reserved for slog hitting or what?"

43.1

Seelaar to Sammy, 1 run, another of those ones that keep teasingly low, he gets a huge inside edge as he looks to force it off the back foot

43.2

Seelaar to Pollard, SIX, murder, scythed through the line, it was tossed up a bit outside off stump and he swung it over wide long off, that was only going one way, over the ropes

43.3

Seelaar to Pollard, 1 bye, too quick outside off for Pollard, too quick for the keeper as well, rolls away off his gloves to short third man

43.4

Seelaar to Sammy, OUT, Sammy tries to go over long off too, like Pollard, but does not connect that well, and picks out the man on the boundary neatly, maybe he could have just left it to Pollard, well he is gone now

DJG Sammy c Kervezee b Seelaar 6 (6m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Chanders in at No 7, everything goes

43.5

Seelaar to Chanderpaul, 1 run, shuffles across a lot, and gets an inside edge through square leg, well, Pollard is back on strike

43.6

Seelaar to Pollard, no run, good delivery, fired in fast, almost caught Pollard in front, he just about managed to push it away past the non-striker

End of over 44 (9 runs) West Indies 279/5 (RR: 6.34)
KA Pollard    42* (17b 4x4 3x6)      PM Seelaar    9-1-36-2
S Chanderpaul    1* (1b)      BA Westdijk    6-0-49-1

Sapthagiri: "@Sriram: Shivnarine was reserved for what Kohli was asked to wait so in yesterday's humdinger."

44.1

Westdijk to Chanderpaul, 1 run, Chanders nudges niftily down to fine leg, helps that the ball was on his pads

44.2

Westdijk to Pollard, no run, short of a length outside off stump, he waited on it and looked to carve it over extra cover, but was beaten

44.3

Westdijk to Pollard, 2 runs, angles this one in on the stumps, he shuffles and spirits it away wide of deep midwicket

44.4

Westdijk to Pollard, 2 runs, and again, gets a full one on the pads this time, and flicks it wide of deep midwicket

44.5

Westdijk to Pollard, 1 run, looks to heave this length ball out of the ground, it goes on a couple of bounces to long on

44.6

Westdijk to Chanderpaul, 1 run, Chanders with a easy-on-the-eye cover drive that earns him a single to sweeper cover

End of over 45 (7 runs) West Indies 286/5 (RR: 6.35)
S Chanderpaul    3* (3b)      BA Westdijk    7-0-56-1
KA Pollard    47* (21b 4x4 3x6)      PM Seelaar    9-1-36-2

45.1

Seelaar to Chanderpaul, 1 run, pushed away through point off the front foot, Pollard is back on strike

45.2

Seelaar to Pollard, 1 run, Pollard almost takes out Chanders with a brute of a drive, uses those powerful arms to slam it down the ground, long on did well to cut off the boundary

45.3

Seelaar to Chanderpaul, 2 leg byes, Chanders sweeps, does not connect, but collects some leg byes as it rolls away past the keeper fine on the off side

45.4

Seelaar to Chanderpaul, OUT, Seelar has another, it is Chanders this time, looks to reverse sweep this one angling in on leg stump, that;'s what it does in the end, goes past his bat to crash in to leg stump, Seelaar roars, he is delighted

S Chanderpaul b Seelaar 4 (9m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

45.5

Seelaar to Thomas, 1 run, full toss and he drives it in the air back to the bowler who leaps to his right, but cannot hold on to the tough chance

45.6

Seelaar to Pollard, SIX, absolutely smashed over wide long off, Pollard goes past fifty, what a typhoon

End of over 46 (11 runs) West Indies 297/6 (RR: 6.45)
KA Pollard    54* (23b 4x4 4x6)      PM Seelaar    10-1-45-3
DC Thomas    1* (1b)      BA Westdijk    7-0-56-1

46.1

ten Doeschate to Thomas, 1 wide, wide down the leg side, how many of those have we seen today?

46.1

ten Doeschate to Thomas, 1 run, pushed towards mid off, and takes the quick run, nicely done to bring the big man on strike

sunny: "coz of the low budget..i braught seelaar..but now i am over moon to see his perfomance..."

46.2

ten Doeschate to Pollard, 1 run, looks to kill this one over long on, but gets an inside edge that almost takes out the square leg umpire

46.3

ten Doeschate to Thomas, 1 run, does the correct thing, takes a single to give Pollard the strike

46.4

ten Doeschate to Pollard, FOUR, they just keep coming, no respite, too much width and he slams it past sweeper cover in a flash

46.5

ten Doeschate to Pollard, 1 run, worked away off the back foot from just short of a length through midwicket

46.6

ten Doeschate to Thomas, 1 run, whips this full delivery down to long on for another run

End of over 47 (10 runs) West Indies 307/6 (RR: 6.53)
DC Thomas    4* (4b)      RN ten Doeschate    9-0-66-1
KA Pollard    60* (26b 5x4 4x6)      PM Seelaar    10-1-45-3

Atit: "My Gut feeling is If WI aim for big scores then Pollard should open with Gayle which will allow him to bat for full 10 overs in PowerPlay.." Bukhari and Borren have a never-ending discussion

47.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Thomas, no run, good delivery, angled in on a length and goes between bat and pad as he lunges forward

47.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Thomas, FOUR, Thomas he is, not Edison, but he is inventive alright, goes way outside off stump, and scoops a fuller one high over short fine leg, looks so cute when it comes off, when it does

47.3

Mudassar Bukhari to Thomas, no run, back of a length one on off stump, pushed back to the bowler

47.4

Mudassar Bukhari to Thomas, 1 run, jabbed away off the back foot to short third man for a single

47.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Pollard, OUT, Pollard goes, finally, after lots of carnage, he looked to caused some more this time, but got too much below a length ball, and skied it high in the air, long on had settled under it, and took it cleanly in the end, 60 off 27, phew

KA Pollard c ten Doeschate b Mudassar Bukhari 60 (59m 27b 5x4 4x6) SR: 222.22

47.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Thomas, 1 run, punched down to long on off the back foot

End of over 48 (6 runs) West Indies 313/7 (RR: 6.52)
DC Thomas    10* (9b 1x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    9-1-59-1
NO Miller    0* (0b)      RN ten Doeschate    9-0-66-1

Stephen: "What Atit forgets is 2 things. 1. Never open with 2 players of similar style. 2. You still need sloggers for the end and Pollard is better when he knows he doesn't have 40 overs to bat after the powerplay."

48.1

ten Doeschate to Thomas, 1 run, skips down the track and eases this one away through midwicket

48.2

ten Doeschate to Miller, FOUR, clean shot, Miller away off the first delivery, like Shahzad yesterday, gets one in the slot and gives it the full face of the bat, and it flies down the ground, one bounce in to the boundary

48.3

ten Doeschate to Miller, 1 run, hustles a single backward of square leg by shuffling across the stumps

48.4

ten Doeschate to Thomas, 1 run, hurries down the pitch, makes room and carves this one wide of extra cover

48.5

ten Doeschate to Miller, no run, slower one, cannot get it away off the pads, rolls away to the keeper

48.6

ten Doeschate to Miller, FOUR, Tendo tempts fate again, and this time Miller get bat on it, stands dead still, and at the last moment tickles it fine off his pads, and it comfortably beats short fine leg

End of over 49 (11 runs) West Indies 324/7 (RR: 6.61)
NO Miller    9* (4b 2x4)      RN ten Doeschate    10-0-77-1
DC Thomas    12* (11b 1x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    9-1-59-1

49.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Thomas, 1 run, looks to whack a short one over long on, but gets a top edge that goes to the man there on a couple of bounces

49.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Miller, no run, has a go at one outside off stump, and goes nowhere

49.3

Mudassar Bukhari to Miller, 1 run, picks a single as he works this one away to deep midwicket off the hips

49.4

Mudassar Bukhari to Thomas, OUT, Bukhari gets one, Thomas looked to work it away from the stumps, missed and was hit on the pads, the bowler got the decision in his favour, Thomas goes for the review right away, he was hit on the knee roll but was bending down too, replays show it is taking out leg stump, umpire Saheba raises the finger again, and Thomas departs

DC Thomas lbw b Mudassar Bukhari 13 (24m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Big Benn is in

49.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Benn, 3 runs, and gives a back of a length ball a big thump, the fielder came hurrying in from long on, trying to go for the catch but it dropped short of him

49.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Miller, 1 run, smashed away to sweeper cover for a single, West Indies end on 330

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Netherlands won the toss, and that was the only thing that went their way. Out came a very unSmithly Smith and a very unGaylely Gayle, but they put on 100, and West Indies built on that. Sarwan eased away to 49, but it was Pollard who brutalised a friendly attack for 60 off 27, and ensured West Indies would end well past 300. It is West Indies' game at the moment, but after yesterday's result, I am keeping my mouth shut. That will be all from me, Abhishek. I will hop over to over-by-over, and Nitin Sundar will take you through the chase in 35 minutes

End of over 50 (6 runs) West Indies 330/8
NO Miller    11* (7b 2x4)      Mudassar Bukhari    10-1-65-2
SJ Benn    3* (1b)      RN ten Doeschate    10-0-77-1

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Feb 28, 2011

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 is thrilled after picking up a hat-trick

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Feb 28, 2011

Tom Cooper made an unbeaten 55, Netherlands v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, Delhi, February 28, 2011

Tom Cooper made an unbeaten 55

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