England ended their five-match losing streak with a 160-run win over the Netherlands in their 2023 Cricket World Cup clash on Wednesday. England, who are already out of the tournament, managed top scores from Ben Stokes (108), Dawid Malan (87) and Chris Woakes (51) to post 339 on the board after batting first.
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In reply, the Dutch were bundled out for 179, with Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid picking three wickets each.
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Ben Stokes scored his first World Cup debut during the England vs Netherlands match in Pune
There were a few moments during the game that attracted a lot of attention. Let’s look at some of those:
Ben Stokes’ first World Cup hundred
England all-rounder Ben Stokes finally got a moment of respect in his side’s disastrous World Cup campaign.
Stokes, who came out of ODI retirement in August, went on to collect a century against the Netherlands on Wednesday. It was just another century for Stokes. Indeed, it was special, considering it was Stokes’ first ever century in a World Cup match. Stokes reached the milestone off 78 balls, before being dismissed for 108 in the final.
Scott Edwards’ one-handed six
Netherlands skipper Scott Edwards has been a revelation for his side in the World Cup so far. He has scored two half-centuries, both coming in victories against South Africa and Bangladesh.
On Wednesday, Edwards was at his acrobatic best. In the 26th over the chase, when Edwards was facing Adil Rashid, he came up with a one-handed rally over midwicket for a maximum. It was a long ball from Rashid, and Edwards fired the shot with ease.
Dawid Malan mix
Dawid Malan would go on to play a knock of 87, but it was the way he got off after a terrible mix-up.
It was a tossed ball from spinner Aryan Dutt, Malan pushed towards cover point and quickly went for a single, but just as Stokes gave him the “go back” signal, Malan was halfway through his run already and it was missed by the keeper at the strikers end.
Joe Root scored
Joe Root may have only managed 28 runs against the Netherlands, but he certainly had his moments.
In the 14th over it, facing Paul van Meekeren, Root gave up his trademark reverse scoop.
It was a length ball outside off, and Root’s presence of mind was on display as he ducked a little this time, taking the bottom of his bat to guide the ball over the keeper’s head for a four.
Dismissal nutmeg root
Sometimes, hitting your favorite set during a game can be a life-changing experience. For Joe Root, it was his back-sweep on Wednesday, so much so that it got him out against the Netherlands.
It was a long ball goal from Logan van Beek, and Root could not time this reverse sweep well, only for van Beek to nutmeg Root.
It may not have been for the England supporters, but Root’s dismissal was a sight to behold for the Dutch fans, and to some extent, perhaps the neutrals too.
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