England vs Ned: Twitter breathes easy after Jos Buttler’s ouster from AB de Villiers’ record

England set a new world record as they posted 498/4 against Netherlands in an ODI match at Amstelveen. The Netherlands had won the toss, but England were not expected to send them on a leather hunt. Batsmen Phil Salt and David Malan were right after losing the wicket of Jason Roy cheaply. Three hundred were scored which were complemented by a cameo by Liam Livingstone who became the England batsman with the fastest half-century to his name in ODI cricket. Meanwhile, fans were happy that Buttler did not break the fastest 150 recorded by AB de Villiers as he missed with just one ball.

Jos Buttler, who scored an unbeaten 162, scored his century off just 47 balls – recalling his own record for England’s fastest century from just one ball – while Phil Salt and David Malan also scored three figures.

Liam Livingstone, batting at number six, scored the fastest 50 in just 17 balls in England’s ODI history – the second fastest ever.
The men in blue made their intentions clear early in their innings, when Salt hit Dutch right-arm medium pacer Shane Snater for a six – in a slugfest of 25 sixes and 36 fours – in almost perfect batting position.

The Lancashire-based right-hander pulled a short ball over deep-midwicket, descending over the ropes to delight England fans, many of whom traveled by car across the Channel for the game.

The England batsmen then scored freely with beautiful stroke-play and never seemed to be bothered by the Dutch attack.

However, Salt faced an early scare in his innings when the Netherlands – who surprisingly opted to field after winning the toss – dropped him for 40 in deep cover off Bass de Leede.

But in the end it was Butler who taught the Dutch team’s young players a masterclass batting lesson with the help of seven sixes and 14 fours in a scintillating one-day innings of a record.

The Dutch bowling line-up struggled on a battle-friendly pitch, the most economical of Dutch bowler Logan van Beek, with an economy rate of 8.2 runs per over for Salt’s single wicket.

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