Monday, February 28, 2011

World Cup 2011 : West Indies vs Netherlands...

West Indies against Netherlands at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, New Delhi.

Borren won the toss for the Dutch & put the Windies into bat. Devon Smith & Chris Gayle came into open the innings. Gayle was watchful at the beginning, & he took 24 deliveries to find his first boundary, as Smith at the other end started to blaze. 50 runs came in the 10th over & 100 in the 17th over, with a better than run a ball strike rate. Smith left for 53 off 51 deliveries, bringing in new sensation Darren Bravo, who started striking sweetly from the first delivery. he hit two towering sixes, but did not finally make it big, as he got out for 30 off 38. Gayle at the other end had started to hit out along with Sarvan. The score reached 196 in the 37th over, when Gayle holed out for a well made 80 off 110 balls......very unlike Gayle, but today he contributed with a big score. The scoring till now had been decent, as big man Pollard strolled into the middle. Batting powerplay was taken as he came in & Pollard made every delivery count. He was his ruthless best & pounded the Netherlands attack to shreds. His 50 came in just 23 deliveries, with four hits to the boundary & four towering sixes. By the time he got out in the 48th over for a whirlwind 60 off 27 balls, the total score had reached 312 for 7. The final score read 330 for 8, as Sarvan missed out on a half century. For once the Windies had displayed the Calypso flair of batting that the world so loved to see.
The Dutch attack was patchy, & lacked both intent & purpose, that they had displayed against England in their first match.

In their run chase, Netherlands were immediately in trouble, as the wicketkeeper Barresi got out in the 2nd over to Roach, the score reading 2 for 1. The second to go was Kervezee, stumpted for 14 by Benn, with the total at 26 for 2. In came the centurion of the last match, Doeschate, with a grim face. However, this was not his day, as Benn got him plumb LBW in front of the leg stump, & the referral confirmed the same. It was now 34 for 3. Roach claimed the 4th wicket in the very next over, & the Dutch were reeling at 35 for 4. The next to follow was Grooth, & now half the side is back in the pavilion for a mere 36 runs 7 it was only 11 overs. In the 15th over, the score reached 50. The sixth wicket partnership added another 57 runs, which in the final score turned out to be the best partnership. Once Mudassar Bukhari was out in the 30th over, Roach just cleaned the tail with a hat trick & Netherlands was all out at 115 in the 32nd over.
Windies victorious by 215 runs.
A good match for the Windies, with their top order clicking with the bat & then the bowling wrapping off the opposition with almost 18 overs to spare.

Man of the Match : Kemar Roach for his 6 for 27 in 8.3 overs, including a hat trick.