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Netherlands vs England, 2nd ODI Preview: Netherlands need to recover from Buttler blitz and go for broke

Netherlands' Scott Edwards shake hands with Dawid Malan
Netherlands' Scott Edwards shake hands with Dawid Malan

The home side will have to play out of their skins in order to challenge England in the remaining two matches.

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A mismatch

This is what happens when top teams play against the new and inexperienced ones. In the series opener between England and Netherlands, the stage was set for records to tumble -- the ground was small, the pitch flat and the England batters breathing fire.

It led to the highest-ever score in ODIs among a slew of other records which tumbled like the sixes from Jos Buttler's bat, who smashed his 3rd ODI century in 50 or less balls.

Netherlands' best chance to bat first

It will take some doing for the Netherlands to come back from this rout. While that is true, how will a team succeed unless they match up against the best and get to see how high the benchmark is set first hand?

The best chance for Netherlands in the remaining two matches is to bat first, get a sizable total on the board and then try to create pressure on the England batters. 

While that in itself will be quite tough, if England keep batting first and pummelling sixes, the Netherlands batters will lose hope even before the innings starts.

Records galore as Buttler taker centerstage

As England blasted 498 runs for the loss of just four wickets in the first ODIs, they bettered their own record in one day internationals, overtaking the 481 for 6 they tonked against Australia in 2018. 

This also became the highest ever total in one day international cricket across men's and women's games. New Zealand women had earlier smashed 491 runs against Ireland in 2018.

England now hold the record for making all the top three totals in ODI Cricket -- 498 against Netherlands, 481 against Australia and 444 against Pakistan at Nottingham in 2016. In fact, this is the highest total in List A cricket as well now ahead of Surrey's 496/5.

Buttler and Livingstone went berserk in the last 10 overs, hitting as many as 164 runs with the help of 8 boundaries and 15 sixes.

26 sixes were hit by England in the match, becoming the most by any team in an ODI innings. The team had earlier hit 25 sixes against Afghanistan in the 2019 ODI World Cup.

With centuries from Phil Salt, Dawid Malan and Jos Butler, this became only the third instance of three centuries in an ODI innings.

Buttler recorded his second fastest century in ODI cricket off 47 deliveries, having earlier hit one off 46 balls against Pakistan in 2015. Buttler took just 65 deliveries to reach the 150-run mark which is the second fastest to the score.

Liam Livingstone made a record of his own, taking just 17 deliveries for his half century which is the fastest for England in ODIs.

Netherlands' best and worst

Netherland leg spinner Philippe Boissevain conceded 108 runs which is the fourth most by any bowler in men's ODIs. This is also the second most runs conceded by a spinner in the format. Boissevain also became the first Netherlands bowler to concede 100 runs in an ODI.

Logan van Beek and captain Pieter Seelaar were the best bowlers on display for Netherlands while Max O'Dowd and Scott Edwards looked a class apart with bat in hand. They will have the onus once again in the second ODI to come up with the best performances of their international careers and offer England some fight.

Predicted Playing XIs

- Vikramjit Singh, Max O'Dowd, Musa Ahmed, Bas de Leede, Tom Cooper, Scott Edwards (wk), Pieter Seelaar (c), Logan van Beek, Philippe Boissevain, Shane Snater, Aryan Dutt

England - Jason Roy, Philip Salt, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Reece Topley

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