England hit a world record in a 498-4 international day to destroy the Netherlands by 232 games in Amstelveen on Friday, with three men winning the Century. Eoin Morgan’s team beat their 481-6 mark set for Australia at Trent Bridge in 2018, in the first game of a three-game series. Player of the match Jos Buttler, who finished on 162 not out, picked up his lot off just 47 balls – missing his own record for the fastest England century by just one ball – while Phil Salt and David Malan also made three mathematics.
Liam Livingstone, batting at number six, made the fastest half-century in England’s ODI history killing just 17 balls – the second-room joint of all-time.
In response, the Dutch came out on top for 266 with Scott Edwards scoring the highest mark with 72 unbeaten.
England let their thoughts clear early in their innings when Salt hit mid-right Dutch pacer Shane Snater for six – the first in a slugfest of 25 sixes and 36 four to follow – in near-perfect batting conditions.
The right-hander pulled a short ball over the middle to reach a ground on the ropes to the ongoing excitement of the fans cheering.
Salt suffered early fear although in his innings, when the Netherlands – surprisingly selected to the field after the win – dropped it over 40 in deep coverage off the bowling alley of the Bas de Leede.
England lost the wicket early when Jason Roy was on the edge of a promotional delivery from the Snater, and had to walk for one.
Together with a custom Malan, Salt put in a partnership of 222 before taking in 122, slicing in a slow ball by Logan van Beek.
Malan and Buttler then drove England with an even bigger partnership of 184 before Malan fell on 125 to full delivery from Dutch skipper Pieter Seelaar, which Malan led into the hold hands of the Bas de Leede in the deep half.
Malan looked trapped lbw on 25 kill bowling of the Dutch skipper earlier in his innings, but he was reprive after an initial exit decision was overturned by the third umpire.
His left hand broke six and nine, becoming only the third Englishman after Buttler and Heather Knight to win a ton in all three formats of the game.
But in the end it was Buttler who gave the young players in the Dutch team a batting masterclass, beating seven and 14 four in the best innings on record days.
Cricket minnows The Netherlands managed to save some eyeball, posting 266 all-out – a respectful score to world champions one day the next.
The top scorer is veteran wicket keeper Edwards, who took a 72-year-old patient out of a 59-year partnership with Seelaar before the skipper became known by David Willey for 25 years.
Max O’Dowd made 55 off 55 balls, including six fours and two sixes – with one looking inside a window in the media stand.
But the England players, especially veteran striker Moeen Ali, with three wickets and two wily medium-pacer Willey, changed the screws on the Dutch who lost wickets at regular intervals.
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