Teja Nidamanuru hit 110 not out to give the Netherlands another victory over Zimbabwe in their first One Day International match, the allrounder saving his side when they were looking to be in poor shape.
Nidamanuru’s first counter-attack of the century, with nine fours and three sixes, helped the Dutch recover from 6-110 and chase Zimbabwe’s 249 with a ball to spare at Harare Sports Club.
The Netherlands finished on 7-255 to win by three wickets on Tuesday.
Even with Nidamanuru’s impressive innings, his team needed 19 runs from the last two overs.
Nidamanuru kicked six while seamer Paul van Meekren (21 not out) kicked four as the Netherlands secured a 15th-place finish of 49.
The drama is not over yet.
Brad Evans conceded just three from the first four of the last balls, leaving the Dutch needing one in two. Under pressure, Van Meekeren fired six off the penultimate ball of the match to give the Netherlands a 1–0 lead in the three-match series.
The Netherlands won 2-0 in 2019 in the only other ODI series between the two teams.
Zimbabwe also built on their lower order with wicket-keeper Cliff Madande’s 74, their maiden ODI half-century, helping lift Zimbabwe from 7-98.
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