Netherlands’ O’Dowd hits fifth-highest T20I score
Netherlands opening batter Max O’Dowd became the first man from his country to score a hundred in T20 Internationals.
New Zealand-born O’Dowd eclipsed Peter Seelar’s 96*, the previous best by a batter for Netherlands, during the second match of the Nepal tri-nation T20I series against Malaysia in Kirtipur.
Netherlands came into this match after suffering defeat to hosts Nepal in the opener. Batting first, Netherlands piled on 197/2 which was given a good go by Malaysia, who ended on 176/8.
O’Dowd had a rather slow start, making his first fifty in 38 balls but teed off for the next milestone in another 21 balls, and thus hitting the record books. He carried the bat through the innings as he made 133* runs from 73 balls. He struck 6 sixes and 13 fours.
Netherlands’ next best score was 31 by Scott Edwards. Ben Cooper made unbeaten run-a-ball 20 in an unbroken 125-run stand with the cemtury-maker.
O’Dowd’s 133* now the fifth-highest score by a batter in men’s T20I, behind Aaron Finch, Hazratullah Zazai and Glenn Maxwell. Of the top eight scores, O’Dowd is the only to have a strike rate below 200.
Highest individual T20I scores:
Aaron Finch (Australia) – 172 vs Zimbabwe, Harare, 2018
Hazratullah Zazai (Afghanistan) – 162* vs Ireland, Dehradun, 2019
Aaron Finch (Australia) – 156 vs England, Southampton, 2013
Glenn Maxwell (Australia) – 145* vs Sri Lanka, Pallekele, 2016
Max O’Dowd (Netherlands) – 133* vs Malaysia, Kirtipur, 2021
This also makes the highest individual score by a batter from associate nations. Scotland’s George Munsey held the record when he had made 127* against Netherlands two years ago.
So far, only three T20I hundreds have been scored in 2021. Pakistanis Mohammad Rizwan (104*) and Babar Azam (122) did it against South Africa.