Cricket fever is beyond comparison. The cricket lovers had a delightful time watching the ODI where England created history. England on Friday bettered their own record for the highest team score in ODI history. In the first match of the three-match series against the Netherlands, the Three Lions went all guns blazing to post a mammoth total of 498/4 in their quota of 50 overs. While Philip Salt, Dawid Malan, and Jos Buttler scored centuries, Liam Livingstone had his share of fun with a 17-ball fifty that saw him equal the record for the second-fastest ODI half-century.
The scorers and the statisticians were the busiest during England vs Netherlands’ first ODI at Amstelveen on Friday. Batting first, England rewrote the record books by smashing the highest-ever total in the history of 50-overs cricket. The visitors fell agonizingly short of the unthinkable 500-run mark and finished with a world record 498 for 4.
England themselves had previously held the record of scoring the highest team total, courtesy of their 481/6 against Australia that came in 2018. However, the side went further ahead on Friday, only narrowly missing the 500-run mark. The run-fest saw them hitting a total of 26 sixes and 36 fours.
The feat achieved by England became the talk of the town in no time. The England cricket team had not played an ODI in almost a year, but it didn’t seem like it as the guests defeated the Netherlands by 232 runs in the opener of the three-match series. Although Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone were instrumental in England’s enormous total, Phil Salt and Dawid Malan were two additional centurions as England blasted inept Netherlands spinners on a small Amstelveen pitch.
Apart from Malan and Buttler, the list also includes Chris Gayle, Mahela Jayawardene, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Martin Guptill, Ahmed Shahzad, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, KL Rahul, Kevin O’Brien, Glenn Maxwell, Tamim Iqbal, David Warner, Mohammad Rizwan, and Babar Azam.