Netherlands won the toss and opted to field first against Zimbabwe on Tuesday in the first of three World Cup Super League one-day internationals.
With both countries out of contention for direct entry to the 2023 World Cup in India, they will use this series to prepare for a qualifying tournament Zimbabwe hosts in June and July.
"The tour by the Netherlands is very important as it offers an opportunity to look at some options before the World Cup Qualifier," said Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine.
Zimbabwe welcomed back star batter Sikandar Raza and all-rounder Ryan Burl after both missed a Test series loss to the West Indies last month due to franchise commitments.
Zimbabwe: Innocent Kaia, Craig Ervine (capt), Gary Ballance, Ryan Burl, Brad Evans, Clive Madande (wk), Wessly Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani, Wellington Masakadza
Netherlands: Vikramjit Singh, Max O'Dowd, Tom Cooper, Musa Ahmed, Colin Ackermann, Scott Edwards (capt/wk), Teja Nidamanuru, Shariz Ahmad, Paul van Meekeren, Fred Klaassen, Brandon Glover
Umpires: Iknow Chabi (ZIM), Aleem Dar (PAK)
TV umpire: Langton Rusere (ZIM)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)