Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Phil Salt, Jason Roy fifties lead England to victory and take 2-0 series lead over Netherlands

England 239 for 4 (Salt 77, Roy 73) defeated Netherlands 235 for 7 (Edwards 78, Willie 2-46, Rashid 2-50) by six wickets

It wasn’t exactly “Fireworks Friday”, but fifties from Phil Salt and Jason Roy gave England a six-wicket win and an unassailable 2-0 lead at Amstelveen against the Netherlands.

England chased down the target with 29 balls to spare before the final match on Wednesday.

Scott Edwards, standing as captain to Peter Seelar – who announced his retirement while sitting out of the match with a persistent back injury – led the Netherlands to 235 for 7 with an excellent 78 off 73 balls .

England’s response was not without its hiccups, losing captains Eoin Morgan and Liam Livingstone cheaply and with Jos Buttler, the star of their world record-breaking victory in the opening match of Friday’s series, sitting out to chase.

Roy, who had earlier missed England’s charge when he was dismissed in the second over of the match, scored 13 runs in the first over of his reply on Sunday, which included three fours from Logan van Beek, as he scored two more runs. Vivian Kingma in next.

After an eight-over powerplay, the visitors were 47 for no loss, compared to 33 for 1 for the Netherlands, and at the start of the 11th over England had already crossed the 11 boundaries scored by the Netherlands for their entire innings. Had taken.

Roy scored a century in the team with a clever cut through backward point for four and two balls off Aryan Dutt and the latter hit Dutt for a six over the longest boundary over deep midwicket.

Two fours off Bass de Leide’s three balls propelled Salt to his half-century and he smashed Dutt for three consecutive fours and drove Dutt over mid-off for a boundary, before Roy did the trick. After sharing the opening stand of 139 runs with Salt, Roy went on to the next ball, and gifted a catch at short third man to Shane Snater, who clearly annoyed himself, was dismissed for 73 for 60 .

Salt also didn’t fulfill the promise, but that was only by the high measure of his century in the first match. Tracking back-to-back tons, he chased down Roy a short time later, scoring 77 off just 54 balls, which was bowled beautifully by Dutt as he tried to take the spinner down.

England scored 168 for 2 before Morgan scored his second duck in as many innings as Tom Cooper dismissed Snatter at backward point. It extended a lean run for Morgan who has been plagued by injuries this year and has managed just one international fifty in 18 months.

Livingstone, who suffered a calf muscle tightness during the Netherlands’ pointless chase in the first game, came ahead of Butler.

His quick-witted 66 in the previous match suggested that England were still on track to win, but his stay was brief on this occasion when he provided his first wicket to Tim Pringle on his international debut. Left-arm spinner Pringle, son of former New Zealand and Netherlands medium pacer Chris Pringle, brought down a gem that carried Livingstone forward, hit the outside edge and pinged over the off-stump.

There was no sign of Buttler when Moeen Ali came to the crease and there was a heart in his mouth when another century of the first fixture David Malan was given lbw to Dutt, but he escaped on review by showing the ball with a Hawk-Eye . He went over the stump.

Moeen leveled the score with a six and four off Pringle and after a plucky maiden from Van Beek, Moeen scored the winning run with a four at square leg off Snater.

Earlier, David Willey had dismissed Vikramjit Singh cheaply for the second time in the series, before Adil Rashid attacked in the ninth over and struck almost immediately, with Malan wooing Max O’Dowd in a slog-sweep. Goes a long way to his left to catch a sharp catch at square leg.

England side Brydon Cars for Sam Curran, who is managing his return from a back stress fracture, then struck with his second ball to deflect Cooper, pinned lbw by a nip-backer, who is hitting middle and leg. Hit in line with the stump and be clipping the top of the saw leg.

With just one run to his name, Edwards reversed his lbw out to Rashid, which the review showed was just enough to spin off the stumps to give him a respite. He shared a 61-run stand with De Leede, whose enterprising 34 included hitting Rashid at a cow corner in the commentary box window.

Edwards went on to 47 by hitting Livingstone over the fence – this time falling short of the commentators’ perch – and he completed his half-century with a six off Kars.

When the crowd found their voices after a slow start, noticing the earlier delay in proceedings, they thundered to life when Willie defeated Teja Nidamanuru’s straight-drive effort, which was set behind his middle and off-stump. Shamed a bit for the run, and ended up with 73 runs. Stand by Edwards.

Edwards reversed Willie for six on third man to surpass his unbeaten 72 in the first match. He was eventually run out from deep midwicket by an excellent direct hit by Willie and slammed down the stumps at the striker’s end as Edwards, returning for a second, dived in vain.

Pringle was out for a duck on the second ball, overtaken by an excellent googly from Rashid, and it fell to Snatter and van Beek to bump the Netherlands total, with Snater snatching 17 for 10, while Van Beek scored 30 off 36.

Valkerie Baynes is the General Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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