NEW DELHI, Feb 28 (PTI): Kemar Roach produced the first hat-trick of the tournament as West Indies crushed the Netherlands by 215 runs in a group B match of the ICC cricket World Cup here today.
Sent into bat, openers Chris Gayle (80) and Devon Smith (53) shared a century-stand together before Kireon Pollard�s quickfire 27-ball 60 helped the West Indies post a massive 330 for eight, the highest total at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground here.
And then riding on Roach�s (6/27) best ODI figures, the Caribbean side bundled out the hapless-looking Dutch team for a paltry 115 in 31.3. It was the sixth hat-trick in the history the World Cup when Roach bowled last man Berend Westdijk with the third ball of the 32nd over after his first and second deliveries of the same over sent packing Peter Seelar and Bernard Loots, both adjudged lbw.
Apart from Roach, Sulieman Benn (3 for 28) also chipped in with crucial wickets as the duo wreaked havoc upfront and ran through the top and middle order to leave the Netherlands reeling at 56 for six.
For the Dutch Tom Cooper, who remained unbeaten on 55 off 72 balls and hit with nine fours in the process, fought a lost battle even as wickets kept falling at the other end. If not for Cooper�s 57-run stand with Madassar Bukhari (24) for the seven wicket, the Netherlands would have found it tough to cross the 100-run mark.
The Oranje brigade failed to show the same intensity on the field today which they displayed against England in their opening match. The Netherland�s hero of last game, Ryan ten Doeschate also looked completely off-colour today as he conceded 77 runs for just one wicket off his 10 overs and then scored just seven with the bat before he fell lbw to Benn.
It was, however, Gayle who set the tone for the Windies victory with a patient 80 of 110 ball. He struck seven fours and two sixes, and shared a century-run opening stand with Smith before adding another 68 runs with Darren Bravo to lay a solid platform for Pollard to explode.
Smith c Barresi b Loots 53
Gayle c Kervezee b ten Doeschate 80
D Bravo c Kervezee b Seelaar 30
R Sarwan lbw b Westdijk 49
K Pollard c Doeschate b Bukhari 60
D Sammy c Kervezee b Seelaar 6
S Chanderpaul b Seelaar 4
D Thomas lbw b Bukhari 13
N Miller not out 11
S Benn not out 3
Extras: (B-3, LB-3, W-14, NB-1) 21
Total: (For 8 wkts in 50 overs) 330
Fall of wickets: 1-100, 2-168, 3-196, 4-261, 5-278, 6-290, 7-312, 8-326.
Bowling: Mudassar Bukhari 10-1-65-2, B Westdijk 7-0-56-1 R ten Doeschate 10-0-77-1, B Loots 7-0-44-1, T Cooper 6-0-37-0, P Seelaar 10-1-45-3.
Kervezee st Thomas b Benn 14
Barresi c Gayle b Roach 0
Cooper not out 55
Doeschate lbw b Benn 7
Zuiderent b Roach 1
Grooth lbw b Benn 1
Borren c Pollard b Sammy 10
Bukhari b Roach 24
Seelaar lbw b Roach 1
Loots lbw b Roach 0
Westdijk b Roach 0
Extras: (LB-2) 2
Total: (all out in 31.3 overs) 115
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-26, 3-34, 4-35, 5-36, 6-56, 7-113, 8-115, 9-115.
Bowling: S Benn 8-1-28-3, K Roach 8.3-0-27-6, N Miller 7-0-23-0, D Sammy 7-0-33-1, K Pollard 1-0-2-0.0-58-1, Yuvraj 7-0-46-0, Yusuf 3-0-21-0.