Rampant Roach devastates Dutch
Kemar Roach became only the sixth bowler to claim a World Cup hat-trick as West Indies sauntered to a 215-run victory over the Netherlands in their Group B match in Delhi.
Roach removed Pieter Seelaar, Bernard Loots and Berend Westdijk in consecutive deliveries to bring an end to the Netherlands innings.
The Dutch were dismissed for 115 in 31.3 overs, with Tom Cooper the only batsman to impress with an unbeaten 55.
Roach returned outstanding figures of 6-27, his best in one-day international cricket, while slow left-armer Sulieman Benn picked up 3-29.
Chris Gayle had earlier top-scored with 80 and Kieron Pollard thumped 60 from just 27 balls to help West Indies to 330 for eight after they had been put in to bat.
The Netherlands were quickly regretting their decision to field first as Gayle and Devon Smith put on exactly 100 for the first wicket in 16.3 overs.
Somewhat surprisingly, it was Smith who played the role of aggressor, racing to 53 off 51 balls before edging behind off the medium pace of Loots.
Gayle adopted a more patient approach in the early stages of his innings and brought up his own-half century - from 63 balls - in the 22nd over before thumping Cooper for two thunderous straight sixes.
Darren Bravo added two maximums of his own, but perished for 30 as he attempted to clear the ropes once again off Seelaar, who was comfortably the pick of the Netherlands attack with 3-45 from 10 overs.
Ramnaresh Sarwan joined Gayle at the crease and West Indies had moved to 196 for two by the time the batting powerplay was taken at the start of the 37th over.
Gayle fell almost immediately as he swung Ryan ten Doeschate straight to Alexei Kervezee at long-off.
However, the Windies were still able to find the accelerator in the closing overs as Pollard delivered a magnificent display of clean hitting.
The powerful Trinidadian was particularly strong down the ground as he plundered five fours and four sixes in an entertaining hour at the crease.
He eventually departed in the 48th over, attempting another big hit off Mudassar Bukhari, but by that stage the damage was done, with Sarwan having also impressed with 49 from 42 balls.
The Netherlands had shone with the bat in their opening match against England, but never looked like threatening a repeat performance today.
Wesley Barresi fell to an excellent catch at first slip by Gayle in Roach’s first over and the highly-rated Kervezee managed just 14 before he was stumped charging down the wicket to Suliemann Benn.
The early dismissal of ten Doeschate, lbw to Benn for seven, all but ended any slim hopes the Netherlands may have had and wickets fell at regular intervals thereafter.
Cooper salvaged some pride with a gutsy half-century and received useful support from Bukhari in a seventh-wicket stand of 57.
It was Roach who brought their alliance to an end as he bowled Bukhari for 24 and the 22-year-old Barbadian gained further reward for his ability to bowl full and straight as he cleaned up the tail in devastating fashion.
Seelaar and Loots were each trapped leg before by deliveries that nipped back off the seam and Westdijk had his middle stump uprooted by the hat-trick ball.
After collecting his man-of-the-match award, a delighted Roach said: “The ability to keep my pace up and be accurate is the biggest positive for me. The surface was slow, so our plan was to bowl straight and fast.”
Netherlands captain Peter Borren admitted his team were completely overwhelmed by the Windies and refused to blame the pitch for the poor showing.
“I don't think the wicket really worsened, if anything it stayed lower in the first innings, showing just how much we were outplayed today," he said. "The guys didn't turn up after a decent performance against England.”