World Cup: Stokes, spinners help England snap 5-game losing streak with Netherlands rout

NEW DELHI: A dazzling Ben Stokes century was followed by an all-round bowling performance as an already eliminated England snapped their five-game losing streak, beating Netherlands by a mammoth 160 runs at the World Cup in Pune on Wednesday.
Stokes’ maiden World Cup hundred set-up a convincing win for struggling champions England as they moved out from the bottom of the table to jump to the seventh spot.
Faltering at 192 for 6 after Dawid Malan‘s superb 87 at the top, Stokes’ 108 and 51 from fellow all-rounder Chris Woakes took them to a formidable 339 for 9.
The Dutch were never in the hunt as after pacers Chris Woakes and David Willey struck with the new ball, spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid took three wickets each as Scott Edwards and co. collapsed to 179 all out in the 38th over.
England, already out of semi-final contention, maintained their hopes of a top-eight finish that would qualify them for the 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan.
As It Happened
“I’m more pleased for us to get a victory over the line, it’s been a tough World Cup,” said Stokes.
England talisman Stokes, battling a longstanding knee injury, made a painstaking fifty in 58 balls and then accelerated, taking just 20 more deliveries to reach his fifth one-day international century.
He was well-supported by Woakes as England added 124 runs in the last 10 overs to finish on 339-9.
Test skipper Stokes, 32, eventually holed out in the last over for 108.
A target of 340 always looked like it might be beyond non-Test side the Netherlands, who had twice defeated England at the T20 World Cup but lost all six of the teams’ previous ODI meetings.
England came into this match rock bottom of the table but opener Dawid Malan led the way with a 36-ball fifty that featured 40 runs in boundaries after skipper Jos Buttler won the toss.
England, however, lost two wickets in quick succession.
Joe Root fell for 28 in bizarre fashion when bowled between his legs by Logan van Beek attempting a reverse scoop.
And 133-2 became 139-3 when Malan was run out in sight of his second hundred of the tournament when sent back by Stokes going for a needless single.
Harry Brook gave his wicket away before Buttler and Moeen both fell tamely in single figures.
Stokes, dropped in the deep on 41 off a tough chance, survived a tight lbw review before smashing a no-ball from spinner Aryan Dutt — and the ensuing free-hit — for sixes.
He went into the 90s with another six, a straight drive off Bas de Leede.
A reverse swept four off paceman Paul van Meekeren, his sixth of the innings, saw Stokes to a 78-ball hundred that included five sixes on a ground where he had played for Pune in the Indian Premier League.
Woakes and Stokes shared a seventh-wicket stand of 129.
Van Beek — who bowled 10 wides — suffering in a return of 2-88.
The Netherlands slumped to 13-2 in reply, Max O’Dowd chipping Woakes to mid-on before Colin Ackermann was caught behind for a duck off Willey.

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Several batsmen made it into the 30s, while Teja Nidamanuru was left stranded on 41 not out when last man van Meekeren was stumped off Moeen.
(With inputs from AFP)

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