Roach, Pollard inspire Windies victory
The West Indies, inspired by a hat-trick from Kemar Roach, recorded an emphatic 215-run win against the Netherlands in the World Cup Group B match at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Monday.
Roach captured 6/27 in 8.3 overs.
It included a hat-trick in Roach’s ninth over. The Netherlands were dismissed for a paltry 115 in 31.3 overs.
"I take a lot of inspiration from Dwayne Bravo," Roach told reporters, occasionally looking at the glittering man-of-the match trophy placed in front of him.
"To me he is the big brother. His words inspired me this morning. He tried to give me confidence and I'm glad to perform in front of him.
"He said 'go hard and enjoy', as he always does, 'and be confident of what you do'."
Earlier, the West Indian Islands posted a mammoth 330/8.
Roach bowled Mudassar Bukhari for 24 (42 balls, 2x4) to break a potentially troublesome seventh wicket partnership of 57 runs between Bukhari and Tom Cooper.
That made the score 113/7.
In his next over, he started off proceedings when he trapped Peter Seelaar in front for one. With his next delivery, he trapped Barend Loots in front for a golden duck with a fast, straight one.
Berend Westdijk was bowled by another express delivery with the very next ball, and Roach had done the almost unthinkable by taking a hat-trick.
"Hat-trick was not on my mind but then captain (Darren Sammy) pointed out to me I was on a hat-trick and it worked out," Roach said after becoming the first West Indian, and sixth overall, to claim a World Cup hat-trick.
SKIDS UNDER TOP-ORDER
Roach and Sulieman Benn put the skids under the top-order of the Netherlands by reducing them to 36/5 early on.
Benn opened the bowling with Roach and tasted early success when he bamboozled the advancing Alexei Kervezee who tried to hit him through the inner ring, only to be stumped for 14.
Ryan ten Doeschate, a centurion in the previous game against England, was trapped in front by Benn with a delivery that drifted and beat him comprehensively. He contributed a disappointing seven.
And Tom de Grooth was trapped in front by a delivery that drifted and then straightened on to middle-stump. De Grooth made one.
Wesley Baressi was caught at second slip by Chris Gayle when he played at a wider delivery from Roach, and was dismissed for a duck.
Roach also accounted for Bas Zuiderent when he bowled him with a delivery that registered 147.9 on the speed gun.
Tom Cooper, who represents South Australia, slammed a classy 55 off 72 balls, with nine fours.
He was the one man that handled the bowling attack with aplomb.
Benn finished with 3/28 in eight overs and was simply magnificent.
GOOD TOSS TO LOSE
Peter Borren won the toss for the Netherlands and made a complete hash of his decision. He decided to field, which suited the bowling attack of the Windies on a pitch that would become slower and lower as the match wore on.
Chris Gayle scored 80 off 110 balls with seven fours and two sixes, but it was a strangely sedate innings.
He was happy to play second fiddle to Devon Smith (53, 51 balls, 8x4). Smith went with the score on 100/1 after 16.3 overs, succumbing to Loots when he was well caught behind by Baressi.
Seelaar was in superb form with his spin and restricted Gayle and Darren Bravo, before Bravo tried to cut loose against him and was caught on the long-on boundary for 30 by Kervezee.
Gayle was caught at long-off off the bowling of Ten Doeschate in the third power play with the score on 198/3 in the 37th over.
That brought Kieron Pollard to the crease. He then smashed 60 off 27 balls, with five fours and four sixes.
Thanks to Pollard, and Ramnaresh Sarwan (49, 42 balls, 7x4, 1x6) the Windies scored 56 runs in the third power play.
The Windies lost some late wickets, as Seelaar, with 3/45 from ten overs, and Bukhari, with 2/65 from ten overs, bowled well.
Ten Doeschate had a day to forget in a hurry. He took 1/77 in ten overs, and bowled too straight to the power hitters of the West Indies.
Netherlands: Peter Borren (captain), Alexei Kervezee, Wesley Barresi, Tom Cooper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Bas Zuiderent, Tom de Grooth, Mudassar Bukhari, Pieter Seelaar, Bernard Loots, Berend Westdijk
West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Chris Gayle, Devon Smith, Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kieron Pollard, Devon Thomas, Sulieman Benn, Nikita Miller, Kemar Roach