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WI's lethal cocktail: Oranje squash

Chris Gayle is never known for his sedate batting. Neither are the West Indies advocates of opening their bowling with a spinner. But, in the end it was old fashioned pace from Kemar Roach - who took six wickets including a hat-trick - that sparked life into the West Indies' campaign with a crushing 215-run win over the Netherlands on Monday. N Ananthanarayanan reports. Scorecard

cricket Updated: Mar 01, 2011 02:00 IST
N Ananthanarayanan

Chris Gayle is never known for his sedate batting. Neither are the West Indies advocates of opening their bowling with a spinner. But, in the end it was old fashioned pace from Kemar Roach - who took six wickets including a hat-trick - that sparked life into the West Indies' campaign with a crushing 215-run win over the Netherlands on Monday.

After falling in the first over, against spin, in the seven-wicket defeat against South Africa, Gayle was determined, even if the opponents were the Netherlands.

He surprisingly scored just five runs in the first 22 deliveries he faced.

Just when the sprinkling of fans at the Ferozshah Kotla began wondering whether the explosive left-hander had lost his entertainment value, he hammered three fours in a row.

It was Gayle the anchor and batting leader that were on display after the Dutch captain Peter Borren asked the West Indies to bat.

He let fellow opener Devon Smith (53) lead the way and then allowed Darren Bravo to lead the attack of the bowling.

Gayle top-scored with a sedate 110-ball 80, leaving it to Kieron Pollard, who then provided glimpses of his brute power to smash 60 off 27 balls.

Roach trapped Pieter Seelaar and Bernard Loots leg before and bowled last man Westdijk, to claim the sixth World Cup hat-trick and give his side much promise for battles ahead.