CWC 2023 Match 40: Ton-up Stokes stars as England stop rot against the Netherlands
Ben Stokes' maiden World Cup hundred set-up a 160-run win for England over the Netherlands in Pune on Wednesday as the struggling champions climbed off the bottom of the table.
England vs Netherlands, ICC Cricket World Cup
England 339/9 (50 ov)
Netherlands 179/10 (37.2 ov)
Result - England won by 160 runs.
Victory for England ended a five-game losing streak, with the current champions having long since ceased to be in semi-final contention.
But just their second win of the 10-team tournament maintained England's hopes of a top-eight finish that would qualify them for the 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan.
England were in trouble at 192-6 after yet another batting collapse before Stokes' 108 and 51 from fellow all-rounder Chris Woakes took them to 339-9 in 50 overs.
The Netherlands were never in the hunt, collapsing to 179 all out inside 38 overs, Woakes and David Willey striking with the new ball before spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid took three wickets each.
"I'm more pleased for us to get a victory over the line, it's been a tough World Cup," said Stokes.
"Chris Woakes is a genuine all-rounder. He's a very, very experienced cricketer. Having the skill he has with the bat down the order and seeing him with the new-ball tonight, it was very special."
England talisman Stokes, battling a longstanding knee injury, made a painstaking fifty in 58 balls and then accelerated, taking just 20 more deliveries to reach his fifth one-day international century.
He was well-supported by Woakes as England added 124 runs in the last 10 overs to finish on 339-9.
Test skipper Stokes, 32, eventually holed out in the last over for 108.
A target of 340 always looked like it might be beyond non-Test side the Netherlands, who had twice defeated England at the T20 World Cup but lost all six of the teams' previous ODI meetings.
"We've been in good in patches, similar today, we just need to do it for longer," said Dutch skipper Scott Edwards whose team stunned South Africa earlier in the tournament.
- England 'quality side' –
"England are a quality side and they took it away from us."
England came into this match rock bottom of the table but opener Dawid Malan led the way with a 36-ball fifty that featured 40 runs in boundaries after skipper Jos Buttler won the toss.
England, however, lost two wickets in quick succession.
Joe Root fell for 28 in bizarre fashion when bowled between his legs by Logan van Beek attempting a reverse scoop.
And 133-2 became 139-3 when Malan was run out in sight of his second hundred of the tournament when sent back by Stokes going for a needless single.
Harry Brook gave his wicket away before Buttler and Moeen both fell tamely in single figures.
Stokes, dropped in the deep on 41 off a tough chance, survived a tight lbw review before smashing a no-ball from spinner Aryan Dutt -- and the ensuing free-hit -- for sixes.
He went into the 90s with another six, a straight drive off Bas de Leede.
A reverse swept four off paceman Paul van Meekeren, his sixth of the innings, saw Stokes to a 78-ball hundred that included five sixes on a ground where he had played for Pune in the Indian Premier League.
Woakes and Stokes shared a seventh-wicket stand of 129.
Van Beek -- who bowled 10 wides -- suffering in a return of 2-88.
The Netherlands slumped to 13-2 in reply, Max O'Dowd chipping Woakes to mid-on before Colin Ackermann was caught behind for a duck off Willey
Several batsmen made it into the 30s, while Teja Nidamanuru was left stranded on 41 not out when last man van Meekeren was stumped off Moeen.
England Fall of wickets: 1-48 (Jonny Bairstow - 6.6 ov), 2-133 (Joe Root - 20.2 ov), 3-139 (Dawid Malan - 21.6 ov), 4-164 (Harry Brook - 26.5 ov), 5-178 (Jos Buttler - 30.1 ov), 6-192 (Moeen Ali - 35.2 ov), 7-321 (Chris Woakes - 48.4 ov), 8-327 (David Willey - 48.6 ov), 9-334 (Ben Stokes - 49.4 ov)
Netherlands Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Max O'Dowd - 4.5 ov), 2-13 (Colin Ackermann - 5.4 ov), 3-68 (Wesley Barresi - 17.3 ov), 4-90 (Sybrand Engelbrecht - 22.4 ov), 5-104 (Bas de Leede - 25.3 ov), 6-163 (Scott Edwards - 33.5 ov), 7-166 (Logan van Beek - 34.5 ov), 8-167 (Roelof van der Merwe - 35.4 ov), 9-174 (Aryan Dutt - 36.4 ov), 10-179 (Paul van Meekeren - 37.2 ov)
ENGLAND - Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler(WK/C), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Gus Atkinson, Adil Rashid
NETHERLANDS - Wesley Barresi, Max O'Dowd, Colin Ackermann, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Scott Edwards(WK/C), Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren
Date - 2023-11-08 08:30:00
Venue - Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Toss - England elected to bat
Umpires - Ahsan Raza(Pakistan), Rod Tucker(Australia), Marais Erasmus(South Africa TV)
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