Cricket World Cup: Ben Stokes scores a ton against Holland.© AFP
England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who produced a match-winning performance against Holland and also brought up his first ton in the World Cup, was more satisfied with the team’s win rather than achieving his personal milestone. Stokes took on the opposition bowlers, scoring at a strong pace, pushing England’s score to 300 plus and keeping alive their hopes of winning a place in the ICC Champions Trophy. After the match, Stokes was asked whether he was happy with England’s win or with his own performance, to which he replied, “more happy with the win (than scoring a century), it’s been a tough World Cup for us.”
He went on to talk about the crucial 129-run partnership he stitched together Chris Woakes to put England on course for a 300-plus score.
“It was a nice wicket to bat on, had some tennis balls. We (Woakes and himself) built a good partnership, every time there was pressure I looked at the scoreboard and reminded myself there was a lot of time left. ( in innings). Tried to take it deep and cash in later. He (Woakes) is a real all-rounder for us, he has been a great cricketer for England over the last 2-3 years and today he proved that ,” Stokes added.
Coming to the match, Ben Stokes’ century and Moeen Ali‘s three-wicket haul helped England to a 160-run win against the Netherlands in the 40th match of the 2023 ODI World Cup at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Dutch players showed a disappointing performance in the match with both bat and ball against England. Whereas England managed to claim their second win of the tournament.
After winning the toss, England elected to bat first and posted a total of 339/9. In response, the Dutch team got off to a good start but failed to capitalize on these opportunities.
England’s clinical spell of bowling ended their innings on 179 runs, securing a massive 160 run victory for England.
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