Up until that point, the Dutch bowlers struggled to make inroads and had difficulty finding their line and length. The dismissal of Joe Root, followed by Dawid Malan’s unfortunate run-out, disrupted England’s momentum, leading to another middle-order collapse. Even Harry Brook, making his comeback, failed to make a significant impact, and Jos Buttler continued to struggle for runs. Moeen Ali also departed without contributing much, leaving the burden once again on Ben Stokes.
Stokes found a reliable partner in Chris Woakes, and together, they orchestrated a game-changing 129-run partnership that turned the tide in England’s favor. While Stokes took on the role of the aggressor, he initially displayed a more measured approach before unleashing a barrage of boundaries and attacking strokes in the slog overs. This partnership not only resuscitated England’s innings but also set the stage for a challenging total.
Chris Woakes made a valuable contribution with a half-century, but the Dutch team’s death bowling struggles continued. An astonishing 124 runs were conceded in the final 60 deliveries, setting the stage for an enormous chase ahead.
Facing the new ball under the floodlights has always been a challenging task for chasing teams, and the Dutch openers found themselves struggling against the relentless probing of the Woakes-Willey bowling duo. These English bowlers managed to exploit the conditions and extract some assistance from the pitch. Max O’Dowd and Colin Ackermann, the Dutch openers, were unable to handle the pressure, resulting in the Netherlands slipping to 13/2 within the first six overs of their innings.
The initial Powerplay, crucial for setting the tone in a run chase of 340, only yielded a meager 23 runs for the Dutch side. This slow start essentially buried any hopes the Netherlands had of making a competitive match out of it. Although Wesley Barresi and Stephan Myburgh Engelbrecht did manage to put together a 55-run partnership to stabilize the innings, the slow rate of scoring only added to the already daunting task facing the Netherlands