Cricket World Cup: File image of Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler© AFP
Experienced Chris Woakes became England’s leading wicket-taker alongside iconic paceman Ian Botham in the World Cup following England’s win over the Netherlands in the ongoing tournament at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Wednesday. Woakes came after playing a crucial hand with the bat to produce an economical spell claiming one wicket in seven overs and conceding just 19 runs.
He dismissed the dangerous batsman Max ODowd for 5 with a long delivery that sliced the batsman straight to Moeen Ali at mid-off.
With that wicket, Woakes claimed his 30th scalp in the World Cup to go level with Botham who has 30 wickets for England during his decorated career.
Right-arm pacer Phil Defreitas is second with 29 wickets and James Anderson, who is still leading England in the test format, has claimed 27 wickets for the Three Lions in the World Cup.
Spinner Adil Rashid and pacer Mark Wood who are part of England’s current World Cup squad have 24 wickets each.
After the match, Ben Stokes praised Woakes for his exceptional performance and said, “He (Woakes) is a real all-rounder for us, he has been a great cricketer for England for the last 2-3 years and today he proved it. “
Coming to the match, Ben Stokes’ century and Moeen Ali’s three-wicket haul helped England reach 160 runs against Netherlands in the 40th match of the ODI World Cup 2023 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
The Dutch players showed a disappointing performance in the match with bat and ball against England. However, England managed to achieve their second victory in the competition.
After winning the toss, England elected to bat first and posted a total of 339/9. In response, the Dutch team got off to a good start but failed to capitalize on those opportunities.
England’s clinical spell of bowling ended their innings on 179 runs which ensured a massive 160-run victory for England.
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