Windies surge to 330/8 vs N'lands

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Published: Monday, February 28, 2011, 18:13 [IST]
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The West Indies had the Ducth bowlers running for cover as they power their way to 330/8 in 50 overs. Chris Gayle put on a large part of the runs up front with 80 from 110 balls with other valuable contributions from Devon Smith (53 off 51), Ramnaresh Sarwan (49 off 42) and Kieron Pollard (60 off 27). The Dutch were able however, to pull things back from time to time with off-spinner Pieter Seelaar excelling with figures of 3/45.

Windies surge to 330/8 vs N'lands

The Windies began their innings in blistering fashion with Devon Smith smashing Mudassar Bukhari for three fours in the first over. Then Smith went after Berend Weestdijk in the 4th over, carting him for two more boundaries as the Windies moved to 22/0 in 4 overs. In the 8th over, Smith again got stuck into Westdijk, taking him for three fours.

Then after Smith and Chris Galye took their side to 50 in the 10th over, the latter cut loose, biffing Ryan Ten Doeschate for three consecutive fours. In the next over, Gayle looted Bernard Loots for two more boundaries as the Windies kept cantering at 74/0 in 11 overs. But just as the batting side had touched 100 in the 17th over, Loots had Smith caught behind for 53 off 51.

Darren Bravo settled into a comfortable partnership with Gayle and while he initially just pushed for the one and twos, his partner struck up fireworks. In the 23rd over, Gayle launched Tom Copper for two sixes. The Windies were now dealing in the big hits, as Bravo carted Cooper and then the off-spinner Pieter Seelar for a six each to bring up the Windies' 150 in the 29th over. But just two overs later, Seelaar got his revenge when he had Bravo caught by Alexei Kervezee for 30 off 38 balls.

The team from the Caribbean however, was still in a very strong position at 168/2 in 31.2 overs. Then Ramnaresh Sarwan came to the crease and immediately upped the ante, striking Bukhari for two fours and Ten Doeschate for a six. But just as the Windies took the batting powerplay, Gayle holed out to long off off Ten Doeschate for 80 off 110 balls.

Kieron Polalrd was in a destructive mood when he walked to the crease. He took the West Indies past 200 by carting Seelaar for a six and then in the 39th over, he took Bukhari to the cleaners, clobbering him for three fours and a maximum.

Then it was Sarwan's turn to biff a few shots. He smacked Ten Doeschate for two consecutive fours to round off the 40th over and then smacked Westdijk for two more boundaries as the Windies score had moved past 250 in the 41st over.

Sarwan's cameo of 49 from 42 balls came to an end in the 43rd over when he was trapped in front by Westdijk with the score now reading 261/4. But captain Darren Sammy kept up the momentum, striking two fours in the same over. In the 44th over, Pollard knocked a six off Seelaar to move onto 42 off just 16 balls. But Sammy was out next ball for 6 as the Windies wobbled to 276/5 in 43.4 overs.

Seelaar picked up his third wicket when he cleaned up Shivnarine Chanderpaul for 4 in the 46th over. But Pollard was not about to back down. He flayed Seelaar for a six to round off the over. With that shot, Pollard had brought up his 50 off just 23 balls.

Then, in the next over, he took a single off ten Doeschate to bring up the Windies' 300. But Bukhari finally ended the Netherlands' misery when he removed Pollard (for 60 off 27 balls) in the 48th over. Then Nikita Miller and Devon Thomas struck some big blows towards the end of the innings to take the Windies to 330/8 in 50 overs.

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