Pune, Nov 8: Electing to bat first, England were 310/6 in 48 overs against the Netherlands in the 40th match of the ICC ODI Men's World Cup at the MCA Ground, here on Wednesday.
Attacking English opener Jonny Bairstow was out caught at backward square leg by Paul van Meekeren, as he mistimed a delivery on the leg stump by right-arm off spinner Aryan Dutt. England got their first shock with score-card revealing 48/1 in 7 overs.
But then Dawid Malan hit a fine half century and in company of seasoned Joe Root, both tried to consolidate the English innings.
Malan and Root had an almost error free 85-run partnership for the second wicket. But then they both departed in quick succession, much to England's worry.
Root, who as usual played an anchor role scored 28 in 35 balls, before being bowled by Logan van Beek.
Malan dominated the Dutch bowlers in his attacking 74-ball 87 runs, with 10 fours and three hits to the gallery. He was run out with a fine piece of fielding by Logan van Beek at point, as keeper Scott Edwards completed the formalities.
Harry Brook failed to impress with the bat again and fell for 11 in 16 balls. He was caught by Colin Ackermann at square leg of right-arm fast medium Bas de Leede.
England captain Jos Buttler's hoorible run in the World Cup 2023 continued as he was sent back by Paul van Meekeren, who got him caught by Teja Nidamanuru. Buutler could manage only 5 in 11 balls. After his dismissal England were once again looked in trouble with 178/5 in 30.1 overs.
Moeen Ali too departed early caught by Bas de Leede at long-off as Aryan Dutt got his second victim. England were struggling at 192/6 in 35.2 overs.
The hero of several recent England epic wins, Ben Stokes was at the centrestag with pace bowling all-rounder Chris Waokes. Stokes hit a superb century and Woakes gave him good support, as England crossed the 300-run mark.
Both teams are languishing at the bottom of the Points Table among the 10 teams in the tournament. The 2019 ODI World Cup champions England ,with only one win are placed at 10th place and with two victories, the Netherlands are just one place above them.
Both teams had changes in their playing XI.
Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Harry Brook, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (Captain and wicket-keeper), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid and Gus Atkinson.
Wesley Barresi, Max O'Dowd, Colin Ackermann, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Scott Edwards (captain and wicketkeeper), Teja Nidamanuru, Bas de Leede, Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt and Paul van Meekeren.