Jose Butler, David Malan And Phil Salt While recorded for centuries Liam Livingstone Batted in the 45th over and hit England’s fastest ODI fifty as he broke his previous record of 481 against Australia in 2018.
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Butler (162 not out off 70 balls) came on and accelerated the scoring with a brutal attack on the Dutch bowlers before Malan (125) and Salt (122) laid the groundwork for England’s record with a partnership of 222 runs.
Butler, the highest scorer in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season with 863 runs, continued where he left off, hitting seven fours and was dismissed twice by poor Dutch fielding early in the innings after clearing the ropes 14 times.
“It definitely feels like I’m in the shape of my life. The IPL wasn’t better for me than this so I’m coming here and feeling good contact,” Butler said after the man of the match was announced.
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“It was a really good wicket, we got off to a good start and it really got me a license to attack.”
Butler completed his century in just 47 balls, the second fastest in England’s history and shy of his own record in one ball.
Winning required a tearful score of 10 per over, the Dutch team barely managed to score at the required half-run rate before being bowled out for 266, with Moin Ali taking three wickets fast.
“It was a good moment to get Jason Roy out (in the second over),” said Dutch skipper Peter Seeler. “But dropping that catch … (you) can’t drop the world’s best batsman twice in an over. In that we lower ourselves.”
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As England continued the practice of sixes, some of which landed in the trees and bushes on the ground, there was also a moment when the Dutch players had to help the ground staff find the ball.
Livingstone, who completed his half-century off 17 balls, was unbeaten on 66 off just 22 balls.
England now have three highest scores in ODI history, having scored 444 against Pakistan in 2016.
“It’s a great learning curve, it will make us better cricketers in the future,” he added. “The threat was, the Burmese army was loud, we have to pull ourselves together and come back on Sunday.”
England’s second-string team will play two more ODIs against the Netherlands on Sunday and Wednesday.