Cricket World Cup 2011

Preview: Windies vs Holland

2011-02-28 10:31
The Windies will need to lift their game against the Netherlands. (AFP)





New Delhi - Both teams need a win, and the West Indies are without star player Dwayne Bravo in what could prove to be a crucial Group B tie.

Venue

New Delhi, Feroz Shah Kotla stadium

The Windies are coming into the match on the back of a loss to South Africa where, despite good performances from Darren Bravo, the team still lacked the cohesion to really challenge for a win. Added to this is the loss of talisman Dwayne Bravo, whose knee injury has knocked him out of the World Cup completely.

The Dutch, on the other hand, will have taken huge confidence from their opening match against England, despite losing. Their batting lineup fared well, with Ryan ten Doeschate the pick of the batsman.

Their weakness lies in their bowling, and the West Indies will look to exploit this weakness and then rely on Kemar Roach and Suliemann Benn to wrap the Dutch up early.

Form guide
Netherlands LLLWL
West Indies LLLLL

Watch out for
Alexei Kervezee isn't a man short of confidence. He has announced his ambition to play for England and his performances for Worcestershire suggest that isn't out of reach. He didn't quite get going against his possible future team-mates in Nagpur before top-edging a pull to depart for 16 off 25 balls but he remains one of Netherlands' key batsmen.

West Indies are short on wicket-taking bowlers, but in Kemar Roach they have one of the fastest on show at the World Cup. He's quicker than anything Netherlands faced against England and will test their courage and skill. It is vital to West Indies that Roach can take regular wickets during the tournament because there isn't much strike power behind him. A decent haul in this match would boost his confidence ahead of bigger challenges to come.

Team news

The indications are that Netherlands will stick to the eleven that pushed England so close last week even though the bowling was exposed. It's the lack of wicket-takers that is the biggest problem for a number of Associates and the pressure will be ten Doeschate with ball as well as bat. Pieter Seelaar, the left-arm spinner, looked reasonably handy in the opening game.

Netherlands: Alexei Kervezee, Wesley Barresi (wk), Tom Cooper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Bas Zuiderent, Tom de Grooth, Peter Borren (capt), Mudassar Bukhari, Pieter Seelaar, Bernard Loots, Berend Westdijk

West Indies are going to be forced to make at least one change after Dwayne Bravo was ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury. The suggestion is they will strengthen the spin-bowling department with a recall for left-armer Nikita Miller. The other option would be to bring in the pace of either Ravi Rampaul or Andre Russell.

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Devon Smith, Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kieron Pollard, Devon Thomas (wk), Darren Sammy (capt), Sulieman Benn, Nikita Miller, Kemar Roach

Pitch and conditions

Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach, said he was surprised the pitch didn't slow up more against South Africa. There are also contrasting views on how important the dew factor will be - Peter Borren believes it will be a significant issue, but Darren Sammy is less bothered.

Stats and trivia

The two teams have only met once before at ODI level, and West Indies cruised to a 10-wicket victory on neutral turf in Dublin in 2007.

Chris Gayle needs 81 runs to reach 8000 in ODIs

Ryan ten Doeschate has the highest ODI average of 71.21, 13 runs ahead of the next best Hashim Amla.


 

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