ODI World Cup 2023: England scored 339 runs against the Netherlands

Ben Stokes smashed a ton while Malan missed out on one as England scored 339 runs against the Netherlands. Here is a recap of the first innings.

England and the Netherlands in a crucial encounter keeping the 2025 Champions Trophy in mind at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. England won the toss and decided to bat first. The 2019 champions replaced Liam Livingstone and Mark Wood with Harry Brook and Gus Atkinson. The Dutch team on the other hand replaced Saqib Zulfiqar with Teja Nidamanuru. England scored 339 runs. Here is a recap of the first innings.

England goes big in the powerplay

Aryan Dutt bowling the first over was smashed for a four by Jonny Bairstow. Dawid Malan smashed Logan van Beek for three consecutive fours in the second over. Malan wasn’t done there and hit two consecutive fours in the third over off Dutt’s bowling and another four in the fourth. Dutt dismissed Bairstow in the seventh over. Bairstow scored 15 runs in 17 balls hitting two fours. Malan smashed three more fours in the eighth over off van Beek’s bowling. Malan brought up his half-century in the ninth over in just 36 balls. England scored 70 runs in the powerplay for the loss of one wicket.


England build on their start

Paul van Meekeren and Bas de Leede bowled a few quiet overs after the early onslaught from the English batters. Both pacers, van Meekeren and de Leede bowled five overs conceding just 23 runs (10-14). Roelof van der Merwe and Colin Ackerman replaced both the fast bowlers. 100 was up for England in the 16th over. Malan smashed the first six of the match off van der Merwe’s bowling in the 17th over. Malan smashed another six off van der Merwe’s following over. Van der Merwe and Ackermann went for runs and conceded 33 runs in five overs. 

Netherlands take quick wickets

Dutt and van Beek came back into the attack in the 20th and 21st over respectively. Van Beek after bowling an expensive four-over spell in the powerplay made a great return. Van Beek dismissed Joe Root in the 21st over. Root scored 28 runs in 35 balls hitting just one four. In the following over Malan was run out. Malan came close to scoring a century and scored 87 runs in 74 balls hitting 10 fours and two sixes. Van Meekeren and de Leede came back into the attack in the 24th and 25th over respectively. De Leede dismissed Harry Brook in the 27th over. Brook scored 11 runs in 16 balls hitting two fours. 

Van Meekeren replaced de Leede in the 31st over and made an instant impact on his return by dismissing English skipper, Jos Buttler. Buttler was dismissed for another single-digit score. The Netherlands restricted Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali from increasing the scoring rate. Stokes and Ali only scored 11 runs in just four overs (32-35). Ali trying to up the ante tried a lofted shot but only managed to find de Leede at long-off. Dutt got his second dismissal of the match. 

England starts to attack Dutch bowlers

Chris Woakes started to increase the scoring rate and smashed three fours in two overs. Stokes with a six brought up his half-century in the 43rd over in 58 balls. Dutt came back to bowl his final over in the 45th over and was clobbered for 24 runs as Stokes hit three sixes and a four in the over. Van Beek came back into the attack and bowled an expensive 14-run over including four wides one of which went for a four down the leg side. Stokes scored his first century in the World Cup in the 48th over. Stokes scored his ton in 78 balls hitting six fours and five sixes. Woakes in the following over brought up his half-century by hitting de Leede for a six and a four. Woakes was dismissed on the following delivery by edging one behind to the keeper, Scott Edwards. Dawid Willey kicked off his innings with a six but was dismissed on the next ball. De Leede ended with figures of 10-0-74-3.

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