Alternate captain Scott Edwards led the recovery of the Netherlands after they threatened to drown without a trace against England, who were set to 236 to win this one-day international series.
Due to Peter Silaar’s back pain, Edwards took charge of the Dutch and chose to bat first, possibly influenced by England’s world record 498 four 48 hours prior.
In a contest reduced to 41 overs each side at Amstelveen, the Netherlands dropped to 36 out of three, but Edwards, who lost one but overturned the weight decision, scored 78 of his team’s 73 of his team’s 235 of seven in this second and penultimate . ODI.
Edwards performed well against a spin trio of Adil Rashid, Moin Ali and Liam Livingston and reached his half century with a fantastic straight six from Brydon Kars, who otherwise impressed after being introduced as England’s only replacement from Friday, replacing Sam Curran.
Edwards showed his ingenuity by back-ramping off David Wyllie, who retaliated by dropping a batter to add to his two-of-46 with the ball and one on-field catch.
Rashid was also up for a couple of wickets while Kars and Livingston each had one wicket and England would be delighted with their chances to go into an undeniable 2–0 lead after their latest heroism.
The start of this match was almost three hours delayed – Jason Roy’s 100th ODI and Jos Battler’s 150th – due to overnight rain and a persistent wet spot near the field caused by a shower blowing off the cover.
An initially sluggish outfield meant the Dutch opener of the first leg had a hard time scoring a goal and they both died due to cross kicks, Vikramjit Singh was surprised by Willie’s short pass and mishandled the serve while David Malan jumped in to catch the ball on a square foot after Max O’Dowd slammed down on Rashid.
Kars hit 90 mph and put Tom Cooper ahead shortly after becoming just the fifth Dutch batter to hit 1,000 ODI runs.
He wisely chose not to review, but Edwards sent a weight review up after beating Rashid’s serve and was acquitted when technology showed the ball would not have hit the stump.
While Kars’ fast pace initially bothered Bas de Lide and Edwards, the pair took over. De Lide shattered the windowpane in the press box with a full-blooded shot from Rashid, but while trying to make six more, hit Livingston straight into the air and went off on 34 just after halfway through.
Edwards was able to milk dear Moen and hit Livingston through a deep midwicket in his first six. He became increasingly confident, as evidenced by the scorching blow of a returning Kars that led him to a 55-ball half-century.
A daring back ramp from Willie once again put pressure on England, but the left-hander beat his partner Teja Nidamanura by 28 before a superb rebound and shot in the middle of the wicket saw Edwards miss his crease.
Logan van Beek started cautiously with just eight of 23 balls, but finished unbeaten with 30 of 36 balls thanks to Rashid’s powerful straight shot before doing the same with Willie’s last ball, finishing with a sweep.