The journey that started with ten teams being in contention for boarding the flight to India to play in the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 is now left with only six teams in contention. We are all set to move into the super six round of the World Cup Qualifiers 2023, where the top three teams from both groups have reached and will now play.
The format is a little unique, as in this round, a qualifying team from a particular Group will play the qualified team from the other group. The results of two matches against the qualified teams from the same group will be carried forward in this round.
The first match of the Super Six round will be played between Zimbabwe and Oman at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. The match is scheduled to be played on Thursday, June 29, 2023, at 12:30 p.m. IST. Zimbabwe and Oman have both performed very well in this tournament according to their capabilities, and this is probably their best performance ever in the World Cup Qualifiers.The top bookmakers in India have World Cup qualifiers odds with them on their platforms.
Zimbabwe will start the Super Six round as the second-placed team and the favourites to qualify, whereas Oman will begin from the very bottom of the points table. Below are the match predictions and probable starting 11s of both teams for the crucial upcoming fixture.
In their last league match against the USA, in which the Zimbabwe team broke many records and played a match for the ages, they did not play at full strength as it was a dead rubber and tested their bench strength, which came out really strong. We expect the regular players to come back into the playing 11 for the very important Super Six round and hope that Zimbabwe plays their full-strength squad. Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams have been phenomenal with their performances in the tournament, and there are not enough adjectives to describe the form they are currently in.
Predicted Lineup: Joylord Gumbie, Craig Ervine (c), Sean Williams, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Clive Madande (wk), Wellington Masakadza, Richard Ngarava, Tendai Chatara, and Blessing Muzarabani
The Oman team has delivered some stunning performances in this tournament. They have made a big upset as well, beating Ireland. Oman players have registered collective team performance, with each and every player stepping up and doing the job for the team. They are far from that World Cup berth, but they can dream because we have seen unexpected things happen on the cricket field. The captain and the team management have stuck with the players and not changed the eleven in a single match. The same is expected in the match against Zimbabwe as well.
Predicted Lineup: Kashyap Prajapati, Jatinder Singh, Aqib Ilyas, Zeeshan Maqsood (c), Mohammad Nadeem, Shoaib Khan, Ayaan Khan, Naseem Khushi (wk), Jay Odedra, Fayyaz Butt, Bilal Khan
We expect Zimbabwe to dominate the match against Oman on Thursday and solidify their chances of going to the World Cup. There is a very low chance, but we might actually see an upset because the law of averages might work against the Zimbabwe team. Oman will give it their all, as all three matches for them are do-or-die in this Super Six round. Regardless, a good match is expected between these two nations on Thursday.