Orange brigade all set to go for the kill against West Indies
New Delhi: They gave England a scare with a lion-hearted performance and the Netherlands would be aiming to go the distance and create an upset when they take on the depleted West Indies in their second Group B clash of the cricket World Cup on Monday.
West Indies, already without opener Adrian Barath and wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh due to injuries, were dealt another major blow on Friday when all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was ruled out of the tournament after suffering a knee injury.
"It`s a big setback. Our strategy was built around three all-rounders -- captain Darren Sammy, Bravo and Keiron Pollard. It gives us an opportunity to rethink our strategy.
With him (Bravo) missing, it has made us think whether we need a batsman at number six and perhaps an extra bowler," said West Indies coach Ottis Gibson.
Also, the Caribbeans` recent string of one-day losses, including the dismal start to the World Cup with a seven-wicket defeat against South Africa, does not help their cause ahead of the crucial match.
West Indies are well aware that it is not going to be easy against the Dutch, who are high on confidence after their performance against England. The Orange brigade almost ran away with the match before their inexperience did them in.
England prevailed by six wickets, but it was decided only in the last over.
Nonetheless, the unpredictable West Indies team has a number of the match- winners in the form of devastating opener Chris Gayle, explosive batsmen in Kieron Pollard, Kemar Roach and Darren Bravo and the experienced duo of Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
And though none of them are consistent, on a given day they can surprise even the strongest of the oppositions.
Another aspect going their way is their familiarity with the Ferozeshah Kotla pitch and the conditions as they played their last match against South Africa here.
"It remained a pretty good wicket throughout the game. We are playing on the same wicket and that will pose some challenges as well. We know how the wicket will play and our thinking in terms of team has to reflect that," said Gibson.
But as far as their bowling is concerned, the once-feared line-up now hardly has anything to offer and is struggling to stand up and make itself count even against the most average of batting orders.
Thus, going into tomorrow`s match, the Dutch, making their fourth appearance in the World Cup, would be hoping to take maximum advantage of the vulnerable Darren Sammy-led side.
And with all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate, who hit 119 runs off 110 balls before chipping in with two wickets for 47 against England, in form, the team would be heavily banking on him.
"West Indies are an experienced side and we hope to create a few problems for them. Ryan`s form is crucial for us. We hope to maintain same level of standard as we displayed against the English side," Dutch coach Peter Drinnen said.
Besides, if the Netherlands put up an improved show in bowling, which was certainly not up to the mark in their match against England, they might just have a chance of registering the first victory as an associate member in this World Cup.
"We are one game down and there are a few areas we need to work on. We were beaten by a good team, but we gave our best and showed we can perform at this level. The Jamtha strip was a bit slower and there was little bounce. We need to work on our bowling with some tough matches ahead," the Netherlands captain Peter Borren said.
"West Indies are a very good team and we know they have got some good all-rounders. We are expecting a good match and hope to turn the table on them," he added.
But the Dutchmen, who did not have anything to lose till their last game, now suddenly face a huge burden of expectations. And this might put them under extra pressure.
West Indies: Darren Sammy (c), Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Chris Gayle, Nikita Miller, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Devon Smith, Devon Thomas.
The Netherlands: Peter Borren (c), Adeel Raja, Wesley Barresi, Mudassar Bukhari, Atse Buurman, Tom Cooper, Tom de Grooth, Alexei Kervezee, Bradley Kruger, Bernard Loots, Pieter Seelaar, Eric Szwarczynski, Ryan ten Doeschate, Berend
Westdijk, Bas Zuiderent.