Tuesday, March 1, 2011

WI vs Ned: West Indies crush Netherlands by 215 runs

West Indies beat the Netherlands by a massive 215 runs in their World Cup Group B match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Monday. 
Chasing 331, the Dutch were bundled out for 115 in the 32nd over with Tom Cooper's unbeaten 55 being the only bright spot in their innings.
Earlier, the West Indies piled up 330/8 in their stipulated 50 overs thanks to impressive batting performance by Chirs Gayle (80) and Kieron Pollard's 27-ball 60. 

The Netherlands began to show signs of pressure early with their first wicket falling in the first over. Kemar Roach scalped Wesley Barresi on the fourth ball of the first over with Chris Gayle performing the final honours. He could not even open his account.
But that was just the beginning of the carnage that the West Indians had in mind for the Dutch players. 

Even their most experienced player Ryan ten Doeschate could not save his teammates from the destruction as wickets after wickets fell and sounds of West Indies players making merry filled the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium. Ryan fell to Sulieman Benn on 7 with an LBW written against his initials in the scoreboard.

The Netherlands' scoreboard looked like a phone number with most of their batsmen getting out on single digit scores. By the end of the 11th over The Netherlands were down to 36/5 with left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn claiming three wickets while paceman Kemar Roach two.

Soon paceman Darren Sammy too joined the party claiming the opposition captain Peter Borren in the 19th over. He fell for 10 and the Dutch team slumped to 56/6. 

In his second spells Roach proved to be even more devastating claiming fours wickets to finish with impressive figures of 8.3-0-27-6. The Dutch could only 115 on board.    

West Indies innings

West Indies opener Chirs Gayle scored 80 and Kieron Pollard hammered a 27-ball 60 as West Indies scored 330/8.  

The West Indies openers Devon Smith and Chris Gayle batted on to put 100 runs on board. But, no sooner had they reached the mark that Smith fell with Bernard Loots claiming him in the 17th over. Smith tried to cut away but the ball stayed low and a thin edge got carried to the keeper Wesley Barresi. He scored 53 off 51 balls.

Post Smith's dismissal, Gayle and Darren Bravo got on with a partnership that contribute 68 runs to the West Indies total. The two could have carried on but for an impressive bit of bowling by Pieter Seelaar. 

Seelaar pitched the ball outside off tempting Bravo, who tried to play it and eventually ended up giving a catch to Alexei Kerveeze at long on. He scored 30. West Indies were 168/2 at the stage.

But big-match player Gayle was still at the crease and he continued to score briskly, until Ryan ten Doeschate struck. In the 37th over on the very second ball of the batting Powerplay ten Doeschate got rid of Gayle on 80. A good length ball was hammered towards long off, but Kerveeze cut it short with a fine catch and West Indies lost their opener on 196/3.

Then it the turn of Kieron Pollard to go all guns blazing. His half-century came in just 23 balls clearly suggest the rampage he was. And while he was at it, the Dutch managed to remove Sarwan and then added Shivnarine Chanderpaul's name to their list of victims. Finally, the lady luck smiled on them and Pollard too fell after scoring a blazing 60 of 27 balls that included five fours and four over the fence shots.

A Mudassar Bukhari ball in the 48th over was pumped high into the air and ten Doeschate came under it to cleanly collect it at long on. But by then the damage was done as the Windies were sitting pretty on 312/7. In the end, final West Indies total turned out to be an impressive 330/8 in 50 overs.

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