West Indies met the Dutch in the league match of Group B at Delhi. As expected, it was the slow and low wicket at Ferozahshah Kotla which produced low scoring games with sides having to battle out with turn and the balls keeping low. Interestingly, and contrary to general analysis, both captains wanted to bowl first. Peter Borren won the toss and sent the boys of Darren Sammy in. It was a must win for West Indies to not get caught into run rate and qualifying headaches. West Indies scored 330 for 8 in 50 overs and bowled out Dutch for 115 in the 32nd over achieving a massive 215 runs win. Kemar Roach got man of the match for his first, and sixth overall in the world cup, hat-trick of the world cup.
West Indies got off to a steady start, Chris Gayle took 24 balls to hit his first boundary which is a rarity in his case. Devon Smith on the other hand was scoring better than run a ball and was sending Dutch to fetch the white leather from all parts of the park. WI got a stand of exactly a 100 when Smith handed a catch to Barresi of Loots. Darren Bravo got a start but couldn’t really manage to convert it into a bigger one. Sarwan, pleasingly for WI, came into form at the right time and scored 49 of 42 balls while being given three lives in his brief innings. Gayle on the other hand was finding his touch back but couldn’t resist lofting ten Doeschate straight down the throat of long on for a well compiled 80. Then came the man, who is amongst the wealthiest of price tag in international cricket at the moment, Kieron Pollard. Pollard fed the crowd with some monster sixes and deft touches on a slow Delhi wicket. He was creaming the bowlers for sixes with just sweet nudges. West Indies scored 55 of their last power play and ended their effort at 330 for 8 in their 50 overs. Netherland bowling was ordinary except Seelar who picked up 3 wickets for just 45 of his 10 overs.
Dutch had a poor start losing Barresi in the second over of the chase. Kervezee did not last long either and both the openers were back with score at 26 in seventh over. The one man army Dutch needed to have, the hero against England, ten Doeschate come good. But as they, everyday is not a Sunday and so wasn’t this for den Doeschate today. He was adjudged lbw of Benn who bowled beautiful line throughout the match. A review was called considering the weight of his wicket but the inevitable stayed and Netherlands were in a lot of trouble. The flood gates opened as spearhead Roach was difficult to pick up with his straight darts at 90 miles per hour. After Benn’s opening wickets, it was the turn of the paceman to rattle some of the Dutch wickets. Roach stole the show away when he struck a hat-trick with only 3 wickets to spare and ended the game in style claiming his first ever world cup hat-trick.
Netherland is down and out but need to pick up their game again and they undoubtedly need someone to share the responsibility with ten Doeschate. WI will feel relived with a comprehensive all round performance and their key batsmen coming to the fore just at the right time.
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