Kathmandu – Max O’Dowd made history for the Netherlands becoming the first cricketer to hit a century in a T20 International, smashing a sensational unbeaten 133 to help his side defeat Malaysia by 15 runs in the second match of the tri-nation series in Kirtipur, Nepal on Sunday.
Score Summary: Netherlands 191/2 in 20 overs (Max O’Dowd 133*, Scott Edwards 31) defeat Malaysia 176/ 8 in 20 overs (Virandeep Singh 87; Aryan Dutt 2/14, Bas de Leede 2/15, Sebastiaan Braat 2/50) by 15 runs
The Auckland-born O’Dowd took just 73 balls on way to his unbeaten 133, hammering 15 fours and six sixes as the Netherlands amassed 191 for 2 in the allotted 20 overs after winning the toss.
The 27-year-old O’Dowd, said on his Twitter page: “Special day for sure and extremely proud to be the first Dutch men’s player to hit a T20 ton. Great bounce back from the lads.”
Special day for sure and extremely proud to be the first Dutch men’s player to hit a T20 ton. Great bounce back from the lads 🇳🇱🚀 pic.twitter.com/X4O1fwbLTj
— Maxwell O'Dowd (@Maxiboi23) April 18, 2021
In reply, Malaysia could only notch 176 for the loss of eight wickets, with Virandeep Singh scoring 87. Aryan Dutt, Bas de Leede, and Sebastiaan Braat took two wickets each to earn a victory for the Dutch at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground.
The 27-year-old O’Dowd has so far played 38 T20Is, scoring 1009 runs at an average of 29.67. He has also scored six half-centuries.