Jason Roy (73 from 60 balls) marks his 100th ODI by half a century when England beat the Netherlands by six wickets in the second ODI to take an impregnable 2-0 lead in the series; Phil Salt (77 of 54) shares an opening stand of 139 with Roy as tourists comfortably chase 236
England sealed a series victory over the Netherlands when they won a six-wicket victory in the second one-day international in Amstelveen.
In a match reduced to 41 overs a side after heavy rain overnight, the home team was held to 235-7 despite vice-captain Scott Edwards (78 from 73 balls) making his second half-century in the series. .
After England’s world record 498 in the same place on Friday, a goal of 236 never seemed to challenge them and despite a short wobble in the middle of the entrance from the tourists, the victory was secured with 29 balls left.
Jason Roy’s half-century (73 of 60) – in his 100th ODI – and Phil Salt (77 of 54) in an early position of 139 broke the back of the hunt and after they went down it was left to Dawid Malan. (36th out of 50) and Moeen Ali (42nd out of 40) to finish the job.
England will now try to complete a 3-0 series sweep on the same ground on Wednesday.
Four inspections of the pitch were required before the referees were finally happy that the surface was playable and, after winning the toss, the Netherlands chose to strike first.
But they soon had problems with wickets for David Willey (2-46), Adil Rashid (2-50) and Brydon Carse (1-36) who reduced the hosts to 36-3 in the 10th.
It could have been worse late next, as Edwards, who had successfully revoked a lbw decision from Rashid, should have grown tired of looking for a fast single.
He was still far from his ground when Jos Buttler collected Roy’s shot, but somehow the England goalkeeper, who played his 150th ODI, missed the stumps when he went to leave the bail and Edwards came home.
A 61 partnership between Edwards and Bas de Leede (34) followed, but it went relatively slowly and the latter left and tried to squeeze things and passed the ball to Willey in the middle of Liam Livingstone (1-28).
Edwards and Teja Nidamanuru were more successful in increasing the points rate to a position of 73 for the fifth wicket before Willey accounted for both.
Nidamanuru (28-for-30) was cleared with a swinging full plane and Edwards was slightly short from his lawn after Willey’s direct hit with a shot from the edge of the 30-yard circle.
Rashid beat novice Tim Pringle (0), and despite some hard blows from Logan van Beek (30-for-36) and Shane Snater (17-for-10), the Netherlands’ total looked far below par.
That point was ended by Roy in the first over of the chase as he slid down the field and hit Van Beek through the sheets four times.
The tone was set and England never looked back. Roy made the most of the early runs and soon raised his bat after posting a 21st ODI of fifty in his historic game.
After a slower start, it did not take long for Salt to chase them and the starting pair’s efforts meant that the question was how fast, rather than if, England would remove the runs.
Salt’s half-century, the second in his budding ODI career that followed with his first century in the league start, came from 37 balls, but the Netherlands were determined to make life as difficult for England as possible.
They got a chance when Roy cut the ball to a third man who tried to hit Aryan Dutt (2-55) in the side of the leg.
Salt and Malan kept England moving comfortably, but the former went past one and was thrown by Dutt, the first of three wickets for just nine runs on three overs as the Dutch spinners made the most of a used surface.
Captain Eoin Morgan’s poor form continued as he set off for a duck with seven balls and Livingstone was fouled by a Pringle Ripper (1-51), a memorable first ODI wicket for the left-arm spinner.
Dutt thought he had a third shortly after when he spun around Malan and hit him on the front bag. The referee raised his finger, but Malan checked and it showed that he went out of line.
From there, however, Malan and Ali made sure that there were no more scares, and calmly put in the required runs for a while before accelerating towards the finish line.
Ali nailed Pringle for a straight six and then leveled the score with four of the next. He would have assumed his job was done, but Malan played like a virgin and Ali hit the winning steps on the first ball in the next.