Two days after smashing a world-record score, England have earned a quieter six-wicket win over the Netherlands in a rain-affected second one-day international.
Set 236 to win off 41 overs on Sunday, England reached the target with 29 balls to spare – but only after a mid-innings wobble that saw captain Eoin Morgan depart for a seven-ball duck to go with his golden duck from the first match.
On that occasion, England hit the highest-ever score in a one-day international – 4-498 – after being put in to bat, with three batters scoring centuries to set up a victory by 232 runs.
The Dutch opted to bat first this time and made a competitive 7-235 at Amstelveen outside Amsterdam, with Scott Edwards, filling in as captain in the absence of Pieter Seelaar, top-scoring with 78.
Jason Roy marked his 100th ODI for England by hitting 73 off 60 balls before being the first batter dismissed after an opening stand of 139 with Phil Salt.
Salt was England’s leading scorer with 77 and his departure was the first of three wickets to fall in the space of 19 balls.
Morgan was next to go, quickly followed by Liam Livingstone for four, and the pressure on the captain might ramp up with England having an abundance of batting options at the moment.
The likes of Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow weren’t available for this series because they are playing for England’s Test team.
Dawid Malan (36no) and Moeen Ali (42no) wound up seeing England to their target amid a party atmosphere in the crowd as they finished on 4-239 in 36.1 overs.
England have wrapped up the three-match series, with Sunday’s match reduced to 41 overs per side because of overnight rain that led to a delayed start.