English Cricket is certainly soaring to new heights, at least it appears so after their recent run across the formats. It’s been a while since they played the shortest version of the game, but their performances in the ODIs and the Tests of late have been nothing short of brilliant. They were remarkable in their home series against New Zealand in the red-ball format and then started their ODI campaign with a bang in an away series against the Netherlands.
England and Netherlands are set to continue on their journey in the three-match ODI series with the second match to be played on 19th June 2022. The first match was a ruthless display of hitting by English batsmen and we could all see something similar happen again. On the flipside, England is also vulnerable to upsets as seen in the past. Regardless of what happens, we are in for an entertaining day. The match between the two sides is to be played at the VRA Cricket Ground in Amstelveen.
NETHERLANDS VS ENGLAND TEAM PREVIEWS
Even though the Netherlands lost the first game of the series by a massive margin, they would want to believe that there wasn’t a lot that they did wrong. It was just a fantastic round of power-hitting by two of the world’s most fearsome white-ball batsmen and the Netherlands just happened to be on the receiving end.
Despite the carnage that they dealt with, the Netherlands had a good number of positives to take from that game. They batted pretty well in their chase to score a good total when seen in isolation. Also, their bowlers did well early on in the powerplay as they kept English openers under pressure for a while and picked up the prize wicket of Jason Roy.
On paper, the Netherlands have a lot of talented players missing, who could not join the side as they were occupied by county commitments. We still saw a spirited effort from the likes of Sealer, Tom Cooper, Scott Edwards, Max O’Dowd, and Logan van Beek to help their side avoid a defeat that could have been even more embarrassing.
We don’t expect the Netherlands to make too many changes to their playing eleven. If anything, we might see Phillipe Boissevain sit out for Tim Bringle in this upcoming match. Regardless, the Netherlands will have to play out of their skins here, especially with the ball, and if they can do that, they will be in business big time.
What would you follow that performance with? Surely, England would be aiming to score a total of 500 in this upcoming match if they bat first. Having said that, it is certainly not going to be easy, even for a batting lineup of England’s caliber. England is coming off an absolute carnage of a win in their first match and will be brimming with confidence coming into this upcoming one.
It was all about their batting in the first match as three of their batsmen slammed a hundred each, each hundred coming in at a different pace. Towards the end of their innings, Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone played even better than some would fare at stick cricket.
Yes, it was an excellent surface to bat on with boundaries not so big on either side, but scoring 498 runs was certainly a colossal effort. England did that despite losing Jason Roy early in the innings and then not going at an insane run-rate for most of their innings. It was the last 20 overs of their innings when Liam Livingstone and Jos Buttler went berserk and got a record total for their side.
The bowlers then had all the runs to play with and they did well to keep the Netherlands well below 300, providing them with a massive win. England has been a force to reckon with in limited-overs cricket recently and their on-paper combination shows why they have been a force. They have some of the best exponents of limited-overs cricket with Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, and Dawid Malan available.
On paper, England has a strong side that would want to better their last match’s performance, even though that seems to be a near-impossible task to do after the standards they have set. Having said that, if their power-hitters can repeat the same feat, we might be in for another day of swashbuckling displays of batting.
NETHERLANDS VS ENGLAND MATCH DETAILS:
Match: Netherlands vs England, 2nd ODI, England tour of Netherlands, 2022
Date and Time: June 19, Sunday, 2022, 02:30 PM IST
Venue: VRA Cricket Ground, Amstelveen
NETHERLANDS VS ENGLAND PITCH REPORT
The pitch at the VRA Cricket Ground is a belter of a track. The batters enjoy batting on this surface as the ball comes nicely onto the bat. The bowlers will have to be disciplined with their lines and lengths while bowling on this surface. Fans can expect another high-scoring match at this venue on Sunday.
NETHERLANDS VS ENGLAND WEATHER FORECAST
The temperature in Amstelveen on Sunday is expected to range between 12 and 17 degrees Celsius. There will be a cloud cover throughout the day.
NETHERLANDS VS ENGLAND PROBABLE XIS
Pieter Seelaar picked up two wickets with the ball but the Netherlands failed to keep a check on the scoring rate as England posted 498 on the board. Max O’Dowd and Scott Edwards scored 55 and 72* but the lack of contributions from the other batters resulted in them getting knocked over on 266.
Vikramjit Singh, Max O’Dowd, Musa Ahmed, Bas de Leede, Tom Cooper, Scott Edwards (wk), Pieter Seelaar (c), Logan van Beek, Philippe Boissevain, Shane Snater, Aryan Dutt
Philip Salt (122 of 93 balls), Dawid Malan (125 of 109 balls), and Jos Buttler (162* of 70 balls) scored centuries and a quickfire fifty from Liam Livingstone (66* off 22 balls) helped them post 498 on the board. The bowlers bowled brilliantly and Moeen Ali finished with three wickets as they bowled out the Netherlands for 266 to complete a thumping win.
Jason Roy, Philip Salt, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Reece Topley
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
PROBABLE THE BEST BATTER OF THE MATCH
Buttler is arguably the best batter in limited-overs cricket right now, and he showed it again in the first ODI with an explosive ton. He was also the top scorer in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, scoring 863 runs in 17 matches at an average of 57.53 and a strike rate of 149.05. With the kind of form, he is in at the moment, he is expected to put on a show yet again with the bat.
PROBABLE THE BEST BOWLER OF THE MATCH
Off-spinner Moeen Ali bowled a tidy spell in the first ODI, finishing with figures of three for 57 runs in 10 overs. The top-order batters went after Ali for big shots and in the process, lost their wickets in the first ODI. His experience on a belting wicket might come in handy against the hosts in scalping key wickets although he might be taken for a few runs.
NETHERLANDS VS ENGLAND MATCH PREDICTION
The Dutch side was outplayed in the first ODI as the English side completed a comprehensive win to get an early lead in the series. They look on course to seal the series and the Netherlands need to bring out their A-game to challenge England on Sunday.
England looks like a settled unit and expect them to seal the series on Sunday itself.
Prediction: England to win this encounter.