England hit a world-record men’s ODI score of 498-4 against the Netherlands in Amstelveen on Friday, with three batters scoring centuries in the run blitz.

With this mammoth score, Eoin Morgan’s side beat their own record in men’s ODIs of 481-6 set against Australia at Trent Bridge in 2018, in the first match of the three-game series.

A 93-ball 122 from opener Philip Salt, followed by a Dawid Malan’s 125 off 109 and with a cherry on the top by Jos Buttler who registered an unbeaten 162 off 70 balls saw England put on the batting exhibition in Amsterdam.

Buttler missed his own record for the fastest England century by just one ball while Liam Livingstone, batting at number six, made the fastest 50 in England’s ODI history off just 17 balls – the joint second-fastest of all-time.

The record-breaking score also saw some mind-boggling numbers being churned on the way.

Highest ODI totals (men's)

Team Score RR Opposition Ground Match Date
England 498/4 9.96 v Netherlands Amstelveen 17 Jun 2022
England 481/6 9.62 v Australia Nottingham 19 Jun 2018
England 444/3 8.88 v Pakistan Nottingham 30 Aug 2016
Sri Lanka 443/9 8.86 v Netherlands Amstelveen 4 Jul 2006
South Africa 439/2 8.78 v West Indies Johannesburg 18 Jan 2015

Across international cricket combined as well, it is now the highest ODI total, with New Zealand women’s 491 taking second spot.

Highest ODI totals (women's)

eam Score Overs RR Opposition Ground Match Date
NZ  491/4 50.0 9.82 v Ire Dublin 8 Jun 2018
NZ  455/5 50.0 9.1 v PAK Christchurch 29 Jan 1997
NZ  440/3 50.0 8.8 v Ire Dublin 13 Jun 2018

The score is also the record for men’s List A cricket (all 50-over competitive senior matches):

Highest totals in Men's List A cricket

Team Score RR Opposition Ground Match Date
England 498/4 9.96 v Netherlands Amstelveen 17 June 2022
Surrey 496/4 9.92 v Gloucs The Oval 29 Apr 2007
England 481/6 9.62 v Australia Nottingham 19 Jun 2018
India A 458/4 9.16 v Leics Leicester 19 Jun 2018
Mumbai 457/4 9.14 v Puducherry Jaipur 25 Feb 2021
Titans 453/3 9.06 v North West Centurion 30 Mar 2022

The men in blue made their intentions clear early in their innings when Salt smacked Dutch right-arm medium pacer Shane Snater for six – the first in slugfest of 25 sixes and 36 fours to follow – in near-perfect batting conditions.

The Lancashire-based right-hander pulled a short ball over deep-midwicket, landing just over the ropes to the ongoing delight of cheering England fans, many of whom made the trip by car across the Channel for the game.

The England batters then scored freely with beautiful stroke-play and never looked troubled by the Dutch attack.

Salt suffered an early scare though in his innings, when the Netherlands – who surprisingly opted to field after winning the toss – dropped him on 40 in deep cover off the bowling of Bas de Leede.

England too suffered an early wicket hard-hitter Jason Roy inside-edged a pitching delivery from Snater, and had to walk for a single.

Together with a stylish Dawid Malan, Salt put on a partnership of 222 before being caught on 122, slicing at slower short ball by Van Beek.

Malan and Buttler then drove England with an even bigger partnership of 184 before Malan fell on 125 to a full delivery from Dutch skipper Pieter Seelaar, which Malan steered into the waiting hands of Bas de Leede at deep midwicket.

Malan looked trapped LBW on 25 off the bowling of the Dutch skipper earlier in his innings, but he got a reprieve after an initial out decision was overturned by the Third Umpire.

The Yorkshire left-hander smashed three sixes and nine fours, becoming only the third England player after Jos Buttler and Heather Knight to score a ton in all three formats of the game.

But in the end it was Buttler who gave the young players in the Dutch team a masterclass batting lesson, hitting seven sixes and 14 fours in a magnificent innings on a day of records.

The Dutch bowling line-up struggled on a battling-friendly pitch, most economical of the Dutch bowlers Logan van Beek, with an economy rate 8.2 runs an over for the single wicket of Salt.

Here’s a look at some more stats from the incredible total:

All stats for men’s ODI unless otherwise stated and tables courtesy ESPNCricinfo Stastguru