England reached seventh place in the table after defeating Netherlands by 160 runs.

Pune, November 8 (Language) After the aggressive century innings of Ben Stokes, England registered the second win of the tournament by defeating Netherlands by 160 runs in the ICC ODI World Cup match here on Wednesday on the basis of brilliant performance by the bowlers.

Both the teams are out of the title race but the teams finishing in the top seven positions in the World Cup, except Pakistan, will qualify for the Champions Trophy. The defending champion team was at 10th position before this match but after the big win, England has strengthened its claim for the Champions Trophy by reaching seventh position in the table.

Stokes hit six sixes and as many fours during his innings of 108 runs in 83 balls as England bowled out Netherlands’ innings for 179 runs in 37.2 overs after scoring 339 runs for nine wickets. Moeen Ali and Rashid Khan took three wickets each for England.

For Netherlands, Teja Nidamanuru scored unbeaten 41 runs in 34 balls but he did not get the support of anyone other than captain Scott Edwards (38 runs in 42 balls). Both added 59 runs in 50 balls for the sixth wicket.

In this match, opener Dawid Malan gave a fast start to England by scoring 84 runs in 74 balls with the help of 10 fours and two sixes, while Stokes, after providing stability to the team in the middle order, scored runs quickly in the last overs.

Stokes got good support from Woakes in the last overs, who scored 51 runs in 45 balls. Both made an aggressive partnership of 129 runs in 81 balls for the seventh wicket.

For Netherlands, Bas de Leede took three wickets for 74 runs while Aryan Dutt and Logan van Bean took two wickets each.

While chasing the target, the top-order batsmen of Netherlands once again failed to give a good start to the team.

In the fifth over, Max O’Dowd (five) was dismissed by Chris Woakes and in the sixth over, Colin Ackerman was caught by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler without opening the account on the ball of David Willey.

Opener Wesley Baresi hit some good shots from the other end. He completed half-century of team’s runs by hitting sixes and fours on consecutive balls against Moeen in the 14th over. Cybrand Engelbrecht, who was with him at the crease, sent the ball from Gus Atkinson to the spectators.

This partnership was becoming dangerous when Baresi made a mistake while trying to steal two runs and got run out. He scored 37 runs in 62 balls.

Captain Butler again handed the ball to David Willey in the 23rd over and this bowler proved his decision right by ending Engelbrecht’s innings of 33 runs.

Adil Rashid gave England the fifth success by bowling De Leede (10) but Teja Ndamanuru hit a four and then a six as soon as he came to the crease. He and Scott Edwards brought Netherlands back into the match by hitting some brilliant sixes against Rashid and Moeen.

After Moeen broke the partnership by dismissing Edwards, Rolf van der Merwe and Rashid confirmed England’s victory by dismissing Van Beek (two) and Aryan Dutt (one).

Before coming to bat, England were given a fast start by Jonny Bairstow and Malan. Malan hit three consecutive fours in the second over by flicking Logan Van Beek. He continued his attack against spinner Aryan Dutt (2/67) and hit two more fours through cover and gully in the next over.

Netherlands got their first success in the seventh over when Paul Van Meekeren took a brilliant catch of Bairstow off Dutt’s ball.

However, this wicket made no difference to England’s batting. Malan hit three fours in Van Beek’s over, taking England’s score to 70 runs in 10 overs. During this period he completed his half-century in 37 balls.

In the partnership between Root and Malan, while the former captain was batting carefully, Malan hit the first six of the innings against van der Merwe. The 85-run partnership between the two was broken by Van Beek by dismissing Root.

Malan was also run out in the next over.

Harry Brook (11 runs), captain Jos Buttler (five) and Moeen Ali (four) once again failed to impress.

England’s score was 192 runs for six wickets in 36 overs. After this, Stokes and Woakes made a partnership of 129 runs and took the team’s score beyond 300 runs. Stokes was dismissed by Van Beek and Vox became the victim of De Leede.


Anand Pant


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