England beats Netherlands for second World Cup win on Wednesday to secure their second World Cup 2023 victory. England won by 160 runs against the Dutch in a match played at Pune’s Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. The Dutch were bowled out for 179 runs while pursuing a 340-run mark.
With six losses and two wins, England is currently ranked seventh in the points table, and today’s victory will help keep their prospects of qualifying for the 2025 Champions Trophy alive. Earlier, Ben Stokes’ maiden World Cup century saved England from another collapse, as they scored 339 for nine. Stokes’ 108, England’s second individual century of the tournament, came after his bottom-of-the-table side appeared to be struggling to reach 300 after winning the toss.
England beats Netherlands for second World Cup win
Along with Chris Woakes (51), he turned the tide with a 129-run seventh-wicket stand after they came together at 192 for six. England entered this encounter having won only one of their previous seven group games. Meanwhile, the Netherlands, a non-test team, had won two matches in the competition, including a surprise victory over semifinalists South Africa. Dawid Malan, England’s opening batsman, led the way with a 36-ball fifty, 40 of which were boundaries. England, on the other hand, lost two wickets in short succession, with Joe Root being bowled between his legs by Logan van Beek while attempting a reverse scoop.
He was followed by Malan, who was on his way to his second century of the tournament when he was run out after being sent back by Stokes for a pointless single. Before England captain Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali both fell in single digits, Harry Brook gave up his wicket.
Stokes was dropped in the deep off a difficult opportunity and survived a close lbw review before smacking a no-ball from spinner Aryan Dutt – and the accompanying free-hit – for sixes. Stokes added another six to his tally, a straight drive off De Leede. A reverse sweep four off paceman Paul van Meekeren, his sixth of the innings, propelled him to a 78-ball century with five sixes. Woakes and Stokes, who was out in the penultimate over, shone as England plundered 124 runs in the final ten overs, with van Beek returning 2-88.