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England, the defending champions, defeated the Netherlands to win their second World Cup title.

together at 203 for six. England got a massive 160-run victory over Netherlands on Wednesday in the World Cup 2023 held in Pune’s Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. The Netherlands were all out at 179 while attempting to chase a 340-run target set by England, already the defending champions. This win helps England stay alive in the race of qualifying for the 2025 Champions Trophy. The game’s tide had been turned by Ben Stokes’ century, his first in a World Cup game, and a seventh-wicket partnership of 129 with Chris Woakes who made 51 runs.

=ng free-hit – for six, allowing England to pass the target with one ball to spare. England and the Netherlands battled it out at 192 for six. England had not performed well in the previous seven group matches, having only won one. The Netherlands, however, had already won two elite matches, which included a shock triumph over semi-finalists South Africa. Dawid Malan launched the English attack with a 36-ball fifty, with 40 of the runs coming from boundaries.

Unfortunately, the team then quickly lost two wickets as Joe Root and Dawid Malan, who were close to his second century, were dismissed. Subsequently, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler, and Moeen Ali were all easily taken out, before Ben Stokes was let off with a dropped catch and a tight lbw review. Ultimately, they achieved victory by hitting a no-ball from spinner Aryan Dutt out of the park for a six, with only one ball remaining. Test captain Ben Stokes blasted his way through the innings, hitting sixes for free.

When he moved into the 90s, Stokes smacked another six, a straight shot off De Leede. On his 78th ball, he drove four runs in a reverse sweep off Paul van Meekeren, sealing his century and a total of five sixes. England racked up an incredible 124 runs in the last 10 overs, with van Beek giving away a whopping 2-88.

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