If Logan van Beek’s Super Over heroics against West Indies was the art in Netherlands’ famous win the ongoing ICC Men’s World Cup Qualifiers, Teja Nidamanuru was the art that almost knocked the two-time champions out of the ODI World Cup 2023 in India.
Chasing, a mammoth 375 to win, the 28-year-old Nidamanuru took the Dutch close to the mammoth total with a brilliant 111 off 76 balls that included 11 hits to the fence and three over boundaries.
Netherlands openers Vikramjit Singh and Max O’Dowd started off brilliantly adding 71 inside 10 overs before Roston Chase brought West Indies into the game by dismissing both the opener. Wesley Barresi and Bas de Leede kept the Netherlands on track and after both departed, Nidamanuru and captain Scott Edwards put on 143 from just 15 overs to set up a frantic finish.
The win handed the Netherlands a ray of hope to qualify for the biggest spectacle in cricket after 12 years by helping the Dutch qualify for the Super Six stage where they are placed fourth, just a place above West Indies.