England vs Netherlands in ODI World Cup 2023, is currently been played at the Maharastra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. The defending champions did not have a good outing in the tournament. Ben Stokes who made a comeback from his ODI retirement scored a hundred against the Dutch and posted a mammoth total of 339/9. Jos Buttler's side has been knocked out of the tournament and is playing for their place in the 2025 Champions Trophy qualification.
Stokes played a brilliant knock against Scott Edwards's side. Though he gave a chance of a catch when he did not score his half-century, it was dropped by Aryan Dutt. Then the southpaw smashed the bowlers all around the park. Stokes was out in the initial phase of the tournament. But since his return, he has not been performing well, but in an all-important game, he stepped up and scored.
The 32-year-old batter scored his maiden hundred in the ODI World Cup. He scored his hundred off 78 balls. The batter was dismissed in the last over on 108 runs off 84 deliveries, hitting 6 fours and sixes respectively. This run was all-important as the defending champions were struggling at 192/6.
England posts massive total
England won the toss and elected to bat first. Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow started off the innings decently. But the latter was the first one to dismiss. Baistow's poor form continued as he was back after scoring 15 runs. Malan and Joe Root then built a partnership of 85 runs. The former scored a half-century. The opener scored 87 runs but was unfortunately run out.
Stokes then took his time and built an innings with Chris Woakes when they were 192/6. They stitched a 129-run partnership and at the end both the batters fired the latter also scored 51 runs. The three Lions have posted a big total of 340 runs.
Now the English bowling attack has to defend this score to secure their second win of the tournament.
Here's how fans reacted
HUNDRED BY BEN STOKES....!!!— Rahul chopra (@ChopraRahul23) November 8, 2023
A superb century by Stokes in just 78 balls - a quality innings in Pune. A great way to end the World Cup campaign for him and England. pic.twitter.com/s1idvV2oIN
Century it is for Ben Stokes. !!— Vikramaditya Jain (@quirky_vk) November 8, 2023
Fighter’s Knock. !!
Little late for his form to comeback, still Champions trophy qualification is in sight now. @benstokes38 #CWC2023 #CWC2023INDIA #CWC23 #ENGvNED #CWC23INDIA #EnglandCricket #BenStokes
very good player 💯😄— Wajahat Shah (@ShahWaje99) November 8, 2023
Saviour of England— 𝐊𝐈𝐑𝐊𝐄𝐓 𝐀𝐂𝐀𝐃𝐄𝐌𝐘 (@KirketAcademy) November 8, 2023
They need to win against pax as well to qualify?— Secular Chad (@SachabhartiyaRW) November 8, 2023
Man for the England always steps up when team needed🔥— Manu (@virat_facts) November 8, 2023
When England is in trouble they will look at only one man strokes and he delivered again..what a performer 🔥🔥💯💯He is a fighter ☺️— Sujeet Suman (@sujeetsuman1991) November 8, 2023
Finally he scores— Kirkett (@bhaskar_sanu08) November 8, 2023