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England collected 339 runs in the stormy century of Ben Stokes

England took full advantage of the batting-friendly pitch of the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. Batting against the Dutch in their eighth match, Ben Stokes’ century, David Malan’s 87 runs and Chris Woakes’ half-century helped the Englishmen lose 9 wickets in the stipulated 50 overs and collect 339 runs.

After winning the toss against the Netherlands, the English batsmen ran riot from the start. As a result, they picked up the team’s century in just 15 overs. But then the rhythm fell. The English lost 6 wickets for 192 runs. After that, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes made a partnership for the seventh wicket. 129 runs come from this pair. Ben Stokes scored a century and Chris Woakes scored a half-century against the Dutch. In the end, David Malan’s 87, Ben Stokes’ 108 and Chris Woakes’ 51 runs, England scored 339 runs by losing 9 wickets in the stipulated 50 overs.

It was already known that the batters will get additional benefits as the pitch of the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune is conducive to batting. And two English openers Jonny Bairstow and David Malan took that opportunity. Batting started rampaging the Dutch bowlers. He took 47 runs in 6 overs.

Aryan Dutt broke this pair in the next over. Jonny Bairstow returned to the dugout after being caught by Paul van Meekeren off Aryan Dutt. On his departure, the English opening pair was broken by 47 runs.

Jonny Bairstow returned but David Malan continued to run wild with Joe Root. He picked up a personal half-century off just 36 balls against the Dutch. Which includes 10 fours. Based on his half-century, the English took the team’s century in just 15 overs.

This pair was broken by the departure of Joe Root for the team’s 133 runs. Joe Root gets bowled by Logan van Beek. He scored 28 runs off 35 balls before being dismissed. The pair of 85 runs broke in his farewell.

David Malan also goes back the Joe Root route. Malan, who was hoping for a century, returned to the pavilion after being run out with 87 off 74 balls. On his departure, the English lost 3 wickets for 139 runs.

Ben Stokes and Harry Brook formed a partnership after 139 runs for 3 wickets. But this pair could not go far. This pair was broken by Harry Brook’s departure for the team’s 164 runs. Harry Brooke, who scored 11 runs off 16 balls, was caught by Colin Ackerman off Bass de Leed and returned to the dugout.

Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali went back the way of Harry Brook. These two batsmen could not reach double figures today. Jos Buttler returned with 5 runs from 11 balls while Moeen Ali led the way for Pavirion with 4 runs from 15 balls.

After losing 6 wickets for 192 runs, Ben Stokes formed a partnership with Chris Woakes. Based on this pair, the Englishmen moved towards the big collection.

In between, Stokes took a personal century. Stokes, who brought up his half-century in 58 balls, brought up his century in 78 balls. Out of which 6 fours and 5 sixes.

Chris Woakes brought up his half-century after Ben Stoke. He scored 50 runs off 44 balls against the Dutch.

In the end, the English managed to score 339 runs after losing 9 wickets in the scheduled 50 overs.

(08 November/NBW)


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