In the first of their three ODIs in Amstelveen, the Netherlands won the toss and elected to field first.
Tom Cooper, who last played an ODI in 2013, returned to the Netherlands middle-order due to a late lineup change.
Netherlands’ decision to bowl first proved to be a nightmare as all their bowlers were hit in all the corners of the ground. They were hit for 26 sixes and 36 fours.
This was despite Jason Roy being dismissed in the 2nd over of the match. Roy was clean bowled by his cousin Shane Snater for 1.
England batting first against the Dutch in Amstelveen. Roy, Buttler, Morgan, Moeen and Livingstone playing. Odds of the first 500 score in ODI cricket must be fairly high. You heard it here first.
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Three English Players Smash Centuries
It was a dream start for the Netherlands but what followed after that was a reflection of England’s white-ball batting in recent years. Phil Salt made his intentions very clear. He scored 122 runs off just 93 balls.
Salt and David Malan added 222 runs for the 2nd wicket. Malan too completed his century and was dismissed for 125 off 109 balls.
Jos Buttler carried his rich vein of form from the IPL to international cricket as he notched the 2nd fastest century by an Englishman in ODI cricket. He top-scored with 162 runs from just 70 balls.
With five overs to spare, Livingstone made the most of the remaining deliveries, belting them to all four corners and putting up a fight against his partner at the other end. Liam Livingstone smashed 66 runs off just 22 balls.
Eoin Morgan who returned to lead the England side after 11 months in ODIs went for a golden duck but he won’t mind that because his team managed to break their own record of the highest ever total in ODI cricket.
The last ball of the innings was sent for a six and England missed the 500-run mark by just 2 runs.