Roach Fires West Indies to Cricket World Cup Victory; Zimbabwe Tops Canada
West Indies bowler Kemar Roach finished off the Netherlands with a hat-trick to lead his team to a record 215-run victory at the Cricket World Cup. Zimbabwe beat Canada by 175 runs in yesterday’s other group match.
West Indies totaled 330-8 in its 50 overs in New Delhi, including 80 by Chris Gayle, 60 by Kieron Pollard in 27 balls, 53 by Devon Smith and 49 by Ramnaresh Sarwan.
The Dutch were bowled out for 115 in 31.3 overs as West Indies sealed its biggest victory margin in one-day internationals. Seam-bowler Roach finished with 6-27 after dismissing Pieter Seelaar, Bernard Loots and Berend Westdijk in the last three balls. It was the sixth World Cup hat-trick and first at this edition.
“It was a brilliant effort from Roach,” West Indies captain Darren Sammy said at the post-match presentation ceremony. “We had come to show our worth, and win convincingly. Roach put his hands up.”
Zimbabwe defeated Canada in a Group A match in Nagpur, India. Zimbabwe made 298-9, with 98 by Tatenda Taibu and 85 by Craig Ervine. Canada was all out for 123 in 42.1 overs.
Canadian schoolboy Nitish Kumar became the youngest player at the World Cup, aged 16 and 283 days. He was out for one run.
Pakistan and Australia lead Group A with four points through two of six round-robin games ahead of Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Zimbabwe, who each have two. Canada and Kenya have no points after two losses.
Kenya plays Sri Lanka in Group A today in Colombo.
The top four teams from each of the two seven-team groups advance to the quarterfinals. The tournament, co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, ends April 2.
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