New Delhi, March 01: It was a performance reminiscent of the might West Indian sides of 1970s and 1980s. What if the opposition was a minnow, they still had to be crushed in a manner befitting a top side. Considering the fact that Netherlands had in their first match given England a run for their money, the West Indies' victory is every inch worth the applaud.
Chasing a victory target of 331, Netherlands folded up for just 115, a truly disappointing performance and an effort that is in stark contrast to their heroics in the match against England. It was only fair that they were expected to give some anxious moments to West Indies as well, but alas that never happened.
Kemar Roach, bowled his heart out to give an intimidating display of sheer fast bowling. And that he got a hat-trick against the same Netherland batting line-up that had the other day pulverised English bowling attack to score almost 300 runs speaks volume of the ferocity of his efforts.
He became only the sixth bowler to take a hat-trick in World Cups. First he had Pieter Seelaar plumb in front of the wicket, then again Bernand Loots for the same result in the next delivery and finally wrecked Berend Westdijk's furniture to complete the hat-trick.
He ended with match figures of 6-27, quite an achievement by any standards.
Though Roach walked away with the credits, but the most telling blow of Netherlands' innings was struck by Suleiman Benn, the left arm spinner. He got rid of Netherlands batting hero Ryan Ten Doeschate.
Doeschate the hero of the match against England could score only seven.
Earlier, batting first, the West Indies had the Dutch bowlers running for cover as they powered 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).
West Indies have their task cut out, as they are expected to have a tough fight with Bangladesh for a berth in the knock out stage of the tournament.