England’s white ball team showed why they are the current world champions and a team to be feared whenever they take to the middle.
Three men hit centuries as Dawid Malan joined Buttler and Salt in raising their bat to the pavilion to celebrate their three figure scores.
Jason Roy scored a disappointing one from seven balls as he was bowled by his cousin, Shane Snater. His partner who walked out to the middle with him, Salt, notched an impressive 122 from 93 balls.
Malan’s century came a little slower, being caught on 125 from his 109 deliveries faced. Skipper Eoin Morgan was out for a golden duck lbw as he tried to sweep Pieter Seelaar.
Then the Netherlands attack were ravaged as Livingstone joined Buttler in the middle. The Lancashire duo both went ham against the despairing bowling attack.
Livingstone walked to the crease after 44.4 overs as England were 407-4, playing a key part in England scoring 91 runs from the last 32 balls.
Both men remained unbeaten, Buttler ended on 162* (70), scoring at an impressive 231.42 while Livingstone was 66* (22), striking at a mouth-watering 300.
Buttler’s 162* smashes his own personal best of 150 as his 47 ball century was England’s second fastest, just a ball behind himself who has both England’s quickest ODI hundreds in 46 and 47 balls.
Whilst at the crease, Livingstone clearly knew he was on the cusp of breaking the world record for the fastest 50 in ODIs which is held by Ab De Villiers off just 16 balls. Livingstone was so close to beating the record, and had two balls to break the record.
Consecutive dot balls saw it take a shockingly slow 17 balls to get his half century, reaching it with another monster maximum. He had the record in mind, punching his bat in frustration when he brought his 50 up.