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After crunching 498-4 against Netherlands in a run-fest in Amstelveen, England set a new world record for the highest ODI score.

Cricket: England break record for highest ODI total 

As the cricket team England surpassed the 481-6 they had piled on against Australia at Trent Bridge in 2018, Jos Buttler (162 not out of 70 balls), Dawid Malan (125 off 109) and Phil Salt (122 off 93) each scored centuries. With two balls remaining, Eoin Morgan’s side had a chance to become the first team in history to score 500 runs in an ODI, but Liam Livingstone (66no off 22) could only hit the next delivery for four.

Livingstone, on the other hand, crunched the final ball for six as England set a new record for the highest score in any List A game, international or domestic, by surpassing Surrey’s 496-4 against Gloucestershire at The Kia Oval in 2007. Buttler scored England’s second-fastest ODI century, from 47 balls, trailing only the 46-ball century he scored against Pakistan in Dubai in 2015.

Buttler’s 150 was the second-fastest in history, trailing only AB de Villiers’ 64-ball effort for South Africa against the West Indies seven years ago. Malan and Salt both made their first ODI centuries, with Malan becoming the third England player to score centuries in all three forms of international cricket, following Buttler and women’s captain Heather Knight.

Meanwhile, Livingstone smashed a 17-ball half-century, equaling his own England all-format record of 50, which he set against Pakistan at Trent Bridge last summer in a T20I. He was one ball short of De Villiers’ ODI record of 16 balls, which he set against the Windies in the same 2015 series.

All of this came after England’s Jason Roy (1) was bowled by his cousin, Shane Snater, via an inside edge in the second over of the match. However, the runs began to flow quickly, and England was scoring at a rate of seven per over throughout the powerplay, with Salt hitting the first of a record-breaking 26 sixes in the innings midway through the third over.

Early in the stand, Salt was the aggressor, but Malan foreshadowed what was to come by pumping Netherlands skipper Pieter Seelaar over long off and into the trees for six points. The Netherlands missed an opportunity to remove Salt, who was on 40 at the time, before too much damage was done – Snater shelling the chance on the boundary after the opener’s powerful cut shot off Bas de Leede – and he was soon on his way to a maiden international century, which he reached off 82 balls.

At the other end, Malan had begun to progress through the gears and had reached 86 when Salt miscued a slower-ball bouncer from Logan van Beek to backward point, breaking the 222-run second-wicket stand. That brought Buttler to the crease, and in a stunning display of hitting, he had overtaken Malan – who had reached his ton off 90 balls – in just 12 overs.

As the onslaught began in the 35th over, Seelaar was dismissed for three sixes, the first of which should have ended Buttler’s innings, with Vikramjit Singh misjudging the flight of the ball at long on, coming in far too far and seeing the ball sail over his head but only just creep over the rope.

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