ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, International

Sikandar Raza star in Zimbabwe’s electrifying win over Netherlands

Zimbabwe has grabbed a back-to-back win in the Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023. The host nation sealed a remarkable six-wicket win over the Netherlands, propelled by the heroic performance of Sikandar Raza.

Chasing a massive target of 316, Sikandar Raza scored the fastest-ever ton by a Zimbabwe batter as they completed a chase with 55 balls spare. Raza’s unbeaten knock of 102 runs came off just 54 deliveries and included an impressive tally of six fours and eight sixes. Craig Ervine contributed a well-earned half-century, while Sean Williams blazed his way to a 91-run knock off just 58 balls. Opener Joylord Gumbie also made a valuable contribution with 40 runs to their winning cause.

Sikandar Raza bashed Zimbabwe's fastest ODI hundred, Zimbabwe vs Netherlands, ICC World Cup Qualifier, Harare, June 20, 2023

Earlier, Invited to bat first at Harare Sports Club, Netherlands piled up a huge score of 315/6. The Dutch openers Max O’Dowd and Vikramjit Singh laid a solid foundation with a partnership of 120 runs before O’Dowd departed, scoring 59 runs. Singh emerged as the top scorer with a commendable 88 runs to his name. Skipper Scott Edwards added a blistering knock of 83 runs off 72 balls, while Saqib Zulfiqar remained unbeaten at 34 runs.

Sikandar Raza was the pick of a bowler for Zimbabwe, picking up four wickets. Richard Ngarava pocketed the other two wickets.

This victory follows Zimbabwe’s dominant eight-wicket win over Nepal in the opening match of the tournament, further solidifying their position as a formidable force in the Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023.