Jos Buttler smashes 162 off 70 balls as England break ODI world record score

Jos Buttler struck an incredible 162 not out off just 70 balls as England scored 498 in their One Day International against Netherlands – a world record score in the ODI format.

England got off to a problematic start in Amstelveen, with Jason Roy bowled in the second over for one. But things quickly picked up.

Lancashire’s Phil Salt and Yorkshire’s Dawid Malan put on 222 for the second wicket in 28 overs. In that time, Salt blitzed his way to an 82-ball century. It is his first in England colours.

Malan followed shortly afterwards, taking the relatively serene 90 balls to bring up his first ODI ton.

With 39 overs gone, England were 313 for two, with a score of 400 looking almost a certainty. But they, and Buttler, were nowhere near finished.

Buttler’s hitting marathon

Buttler entered the 40th over having scored 63 off 35 balls, meaning he added 99 runs to his own tally inside just 11 overs.

He did exactly what he always does – score big runs, and quickly.

21 runs came off Tim de Leede’s fifth over, with one six even hitting the roof of one of the buildings around the ground.

Buttler brought up his century off just 47 balls, in a 42nd over that included three huge sixes.

The innings began to rain maximums, and even two wickets in two balls, of Malan and captain Eoin Morgan, couldn’t halt England’s momentum.

Liam Livingstone joined his Lancashire team-mate at the crease, and showcased his power-hitting to perfection. The batter destroyed Philippe Boissevain in the 45th over, smashing him for 32 runs. Livingstone eventually ended with 66 runs off just 22 deliveries.

Buttler took England past their own ODI world record score of 481, blitzing another maximum into the stands with just four balls remaining. Furthermore, Livingstone then hit the ball over deep midwicket to end a remarkable innings.

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