World Cup 2023 Points Table: England have returned to winning ways.© AFP
World Cup 2023 Points Table: After five straight losses, defending Cricket World Cup champions England finally returned to winning ways with a positive result against Netherlands. The Jos Buttler-led team was boosted by a classy century from ben Stokes as they notched a huge total of 339-run total. Then, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali took three-wicket hauls as Netherlands were dismissed for just 160. With the win, England climbed up from the last spot to the seventh spot. They are noe very much in contention for a spot in the 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan. The top seven teams in the Cricket World Cup 2023 and the hosts will play the tournament.
Ben Stokes‘ attacking century was well complemented by the bowlers as England cantered to a 160-run win over the Netherlands on Wednesday to stay in the hunt for a place in the 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan.
Though England and Netherlands are out of reckoning for the semifinals, the contest between the two lowest-placed sides gain significance when it comes to qualifying for the Champions Trophy as only the top seven teams from the ongoing showpiece will qualify for the event.
England’s batting finally clicked as they posted 339 for 9 and then the bowlers did the rest, dismissing Netherlands for 179 in 37.2 overs.
The win took England to the seventh spot in the points table on account of better run rate.
The defending champions will take on Pakistan in their last match in Kolkata on Saturday.
Opting to bat, Stokes (108 off 83) initially provided the stability in the middle before opening up towards the end, while David Malan (87 off 74) got England off to a flier with his breezy knock during which he hit 10 fours and two sixes to power England to 339 for nine.
Stokes struck six fours and as many hits over the fence, while Chris Woakes too did his bit with a 45-ball 51.
Chasing a huge target of 340, Netherlands lost their first wicket in the fifth over when Max O’Dowd gave a simple catch to Moeen Ali at mid-on off the bowling of Chris Woakes.
With PTI inputs
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