West Indies 249 for 3 (Hope 119, Brooks 60, King 59*) beat Netherlands 240 for 7 (Nidamanuru 58, Vikramjit Singh 47, Hosein 2-29, Mayers 2-50) by seven wickets
West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran was elated with his team striking the first blow in a seven-wicket win over the Netherlands, in Amstelveen, at the start of their ODI series.
The Netherlands pile on the runs at the top, with rookie opener Vikramjit Singh and Max Dodd doing the damage at the early stage of the game.
They set a good foundation by making 63 in 12 overs. However, once they departed, the home side lost momentum in the game.
Teja Nidamanuru, the 27-year-old India-born allrounder, top-scored with 58 on debut to help his team score a respectable total.
The Netherlands scored 240 for 7, which was later re-adjusted to 248 via the DLS method.
The West Indies got the measure of the game early as their ODI star batter Shai Hope batted to the end scoring 119.
He received good support at the top from Sharmarh Brooks as the pair established a 120-run partnership for the first wicket.
Nkrumah Bonner suffered the indignity of a golden duck, and captain Pooran also failed with the bat scoring only seven runs.
However, another strong partnership between Hope and Brandon King, who added 116 for the fourth wicket, saw the team well over the line.
King added 58 for a maiden half-century.
“The way the batsmen went about it, the opening partnership of 100 plus, that was fantastic. That’s something we have been working on as a team, just trying to build partnerships,” Pooran said following the match.
“Hope was excellent, as usual, Sharmarh Brooks got the opportunity to bat and grabbed it with both hands. Brandon King came and also did well in the end there, he didn’t leave it for anyone. Kudos to King and Hope for bringing the game home for us,” he added.
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