The race for teams to be a part of this year’s ICC ODI Cricket World Cup in India is going on in full flow, and ten teams that are fighting for just two spots in the World Cup are giving their all. Before the qualifiers started, Sri Lanka and the West Indies seemed the favourites, but now Zimbabwe and Oman are also giving very tough competition to all the other teams.
The upcoming Group A match between Zimbabwe and the West Indies is going to be a very important match from the perspective of both teams.
Zimbabwe’s team has played brilliantly in the tournament till now, showcasing their team strength and dominance at home. They have won both their matches so far and are at the top of the points table. The West Indies have also started the tournament on a positive note and will face Zimbabwe in their third match in this tournament.
This match could well and truly be the deciding factor in whether Zimbabwe or the West Indies top the Group A table. The exciting match between the hosts and the West Indies will be played on Saturday. The top bookmakers have WC Qualifier odds with them.
The Zimbabwe team has been excellent in the tournament so far. They have shown immense faith in all eleven players, and all of them together have done the job for them. They have had two perfect team performances. Three batters have hit centuries for them so far, and one bowler is on top of the bowling charts in the World Cup Qualifier 2023 tournament.
They are highly likely to go in with the same playing 11 in this important match against the West Indies, as why change something that ain't broken?
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
Although it is not an ideal position for the West Indian team to be in (playing the World Cup qualifiers), they are still the favourites to qualify for the World Cup later this year. The first match against the USA was a good overall performance by the team, as the middle order and lower middle order clicked well and scored runs due to the openers failing miserably.
It was the first match, hence they looked like they were struggling, but all seems in place now for them, and not many changes are expected in their playing 11.
Predicted Lineup: Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Johnson Charles, Shai Hope (c, wk), Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, and Akeal Hosein
Even though the West Indies are the favourites, we back Zimbabwe to win this match and register a huge upset. It is going to be an uphill task for the hosts, but with the kind of form the team is currently in, they are looking unstoppable. The West Indies will be the ones going hard at Zimbabwe and playing attacking cricket, but Zimbabwe is expected to come prepared for the challenge and take on the Caribbean. A win in this match for any of these teams will book their place in the Super Six round of this tournament