Pitch and weather: There have been three World Cup matches to date in Pune, none of them especially close, although the evidence of two unfazed run-chases by India and Afghanistan is that middling scores of 250-odd are insufficient when batting first – South Africa fared rather better in the third game, in putting 357 for 4 on the board in their hefty win against New Zealand. England have some recent experience of this venue, having played three ODIs on their 2020-21 tour of India. They lost the series 2-1, but overhauled an imposing 336 with 39 balls to spare in game two, thanks to a Jonny Bairstow hundred and 99 from 52 from Stokes.
England vs Netherlands Highlights 2023, ICC CWC 2023 40th Match, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, Wednesday 8-11-2023.
Buttler hopes to put up a good score. Says this is an important match which will take them to the Champions trophy. Says the team still has belief and they have trust it even more in times of challenge. Two changes: Harry Brook and Gus Atkinson come in for Liam Livingstone and Mark Wood.
Scott Edwards says they’d had have a bat but not too worried. Says they have to play good cricket to give themselves a chance. Proud of the ways how the boys have gone about it, haven’t taken all the opportunities. As a batting group, they’d want to get it right. Teja Nidamanuru comes in for Saqib Zulfiqar
Toss: England chose to bat.
England team: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Harry Brook, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler † (c), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Gus Atkinson
Netherlands team: Wesley Barresi, Max O’Dowd, Colin Ackermann, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Scott Edwards † (c), Teja Nidamanuru, Bas de Leede, Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren
Head to Head In ODI’s: 6
England Won: 6
Netherlands Won: 0
England ODI Rankings: 6th
Netherlands ODI Rankings: 14th
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
Match Timings: 8:30 AM GMT | 2:00 PM Local
Umpires – Ahsan Raza, Rod Tucker
TV Umpire – Marais Erasmus
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Paul Wilson
Match number – ODI no. 4697
Post Match Presentation
Disappointing. Didn’t start well with the ball. Bowlers dragged it back well but they got away at the end. Same old story with the bat. Was a pretty good wicket, we tried a few things but they batted well. It’s a balance when chasing, you have to get some runs in the powerplay but need wickets in the middle. We’ll talk about it and figure out what to do better. We’ve been good in patches, gotta do it for longer. Will be an amazing atmosphere in Bengaluru, looking forward to it.
We were desperate for the win. Malan got us off to a great start, wobble in the middle, Woakes and Stokes stand was fantastic. Anytime we want someone to take charge, Stokes does that. Delighted him to have him in the team in that situation. Very smart from him and Woakes. We thought 339 was a good score. Everyone said it was a good pitch. (Would they have changed their toss decisions in previous games) I think so.
But we gotta play good cricket as well. We didn’t play that well. Tosses have been interesting, maybe the pressure of this being a World Cup (had a say too). Runs on the board has done well, people who have won the toss haven’t done as well either. Willey deserved more than the one wicket he got, both opening bowlers set the game well. Huge game in Kolkata, nice to have a game that means a lot after a disappointing tournament.
Ben Stokes, POTM:
Happy to get back to winning more than getting a ton. It’s been a tough World Cup. Was a nice wicket to bat on, just that there was a bit of tennis-ball bounce from a back of length. Tried to take it as deep as possible and then cash in. Woakes and I used the scoreboard and we had lots of time to work with. We built a nice partnership, it’s amazing how quick you can catch up. Woakes is a genuine allrounder, he’s been a great cricketer for the last two-three years, this showed why. (Upon being asked if he’d have left the camp after England were knocked out to sort out his body) No.