England defeated the Netherlands by 232 runs in the first of the three ODIs between the teams on Friday. It was a stunning show by the Englishmen, who got to the highest-ever ODI score in the first innings. Happening at Amstelveen in the Netherlands, the game also had a hilarious sequence of events in the first innings. After Dawid Malan had hit a six, the ball went into the trees and the Dutch players themselves had to procure it after searching through it. In this article, we take a look at how Twitter reacted after Netherlands players search for the ball in the trees.
Netherlands players search for the ball in the trees
Despite the loss of the early wicket of Jason Roy, England did extremely well at the start. Phil Salt and Dawid Malan had it easy as both of them got to their centuries. Of the two, Salt was dangerous as he struck at a strike rate of 131. It was Malan’s stability at the other end that helped the youngster. Malan, too, on his part, hit three sixes in his knock. One of his big hits landed amidst the trees and the play had to be halted to get the ball.
After Malan and Salt got out, Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone entered the T20 mode. While Buttler made 162 runs from just 70 deliveries, his partner got 66 runs in only 22 balls. England finished the innings at 498-4, just two short of 500 runs. With the ball, most English bowlers contributed with wickets as they cruised to a comfortable win.
Twitter reacts to the incident
Between the big-hitting, it was the one ball searching incident that evoked attention. Many on Twitter began to throw back when they used to perform the same while playing near their homes. We take a look at a few Twitter reactions in this regard:
The Netherlands' players searching for the ball in the trees after a Dawid Malan six. What a sport! #NetherlandsvsEngland #EnglandvsNetherlands #ENGvsNZ @ECB_cricket @KNCBcricket @ICCLive @ICC @ICCMediaComms @CricCrazyJohns @mufaddal_vohra pic.twitter.com/56Rkd7NlcN
— Sports Hour (@SportsHour3) June 17, 2022Advertisement
We did this our whole life played 15 mins and rest of 2 hours searching the ball 😅 in our village https://t.co/1DWTOgjewn
— Anand (@annannd93) June 17, 2022Advertisement
I don't understand why Ned players are searching for the ball. Jisne ball maara wahi le ke aayega. pic.twitter.com/VtEOflqZ0p
— Manya (@CSKian716) June 17, 2022Advertisement
Dawid Malan six ball ends up in the trees. Reminded me of the school days we went about searching the ball while playing cricket 🤣🤣🤣🤣 #NEDvsENGAdvertisement
— Waadaplaya!!! 🏏 (@waadaplaya) June 17, 2022
— Aman (@_amantweets) June 17, 2022
Brings back memories of many a summer spent searching for the ball only for it to disappear again. Must have spent more time looking for the ball than actually playing. https://t.co/dmiOBIKJ67Advertisement
— Ismail Mulla (@IsmailMulla) June 17, 2022
‘Fans assisted the Dutch players in searching for the ball every time it disappeared into the forest which surrounds the ground.
Not all of them were found, with nine balls, at a cost to the Dutch federation of 130 euros a go, left unaccounted for during Buttler's brutal assault’Advertisement
— William Wright (@Williamw1) June 17, 2022
Great to see the classic club tradition of 'searching for the ball in a bush' is being upheld today 👏👏Advertisement
— Ro 🏏 (@thetwoshortlegs) June 17, 2022