Pollard upbeat about good show at World Cup

West Indies cricketer Kieron Pollard gestures after scoring 50 runs during the Cricket World Cup match against the Netherlands at The Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi. His team made 330 for 8.

By John Weaver

New Delhi: Feb 28, 2011

The West Indies flayed the Dutch attack on Monday, scoring an impressive 330 for 8 as World Cup favourites India came under fire from a demanding media after their dramatic tie with England.

In the day/night match in New Delhi, the Netherlands struggled to contain the Caribbean batsmen, with opener Chris Gayle scoring 80 and Kieron Pollard powering to 60 in just 27 balls in a devastating cameo containing four sixes.

Pollard said it was crucial to put up a good performance after a dispiriting seven-wicket defeat to South Africa in their first match of the competition.

“This is something that we actually needed. For the batsmen to go out there and show what they can do is good for us and hopefully we can learn from our mistakes and move forward,” said Pollard.

“Our all-round cricket has to stand up. The batting was just a start for us. There’s now the fielding and bowling departments. If we can get it together we now have a couple of games where we can go out there and show our talent,” Pollard added.