The 13th game of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023 will be an intriguing Group A clash between hosts Zimbabwe and West Indies. Both teams delivered outstanding performances, winning both games. Zimbabwe arrives here after defeating the Netherlands, while the West Indies annihilated Nepal in their previous match. The two sides will compete for the number one spot.
The West Indies have a strong record against Zimbabwe. They have only lost to them once in the last ten games. Their batsmen are doing well, and the team will try to exploit Zimbabwe’s attack. Zimbabwe’s batsmen are in good form, and it will be interesting to see if they can pull off a win.
The Group A 13th Match between Zimbabwe vs West Indies will take place on June 24th, 2023 at Harare Sports Club, Harare.
Match Details to Note
Match: Zimbabwe vs West Indies, 13th Match, Group A, ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2023
Date: June 24, 2023 (Saturday)
Time: 12:30 PM IST
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Craig Ervine’s team has performed admirably. They have won both games convincingly, including a six-wicket victory over the Netherlands. Their batsmen have performed admirably, and the team would like to build on this success. They face the toughest opponent in their group, and Ervine hopes to take advantage of the home advantage and advance to the next round.
Craig Ervine has been in excellent form, and he would like to take the initiative and set up a big opening wicket stand with Joylord Gumbie. Sean Williams has a lot of experience and will need to anchor the middle order with Wesley Madhevere and Sizandar Raza, who played an electrifying knock in the previous game. Clive Madande and Ryan Burl are expected to run down the order.
The team will need to improve their bowling efforts in this game, as they have given up more than 600 runs in the previous two games. Tendai Chatara and Richard Ngarava need to take early wickets to put the West Indies on the back foot. Blessing Muzarabani and Wellington Masakadza will need to use their experience in this game. Raza, Ryan Burl, Williams, and Madhevere must all perform admirably in supporting roles.
Craig Ervine (c), Innocent Kaia, Joylord Gumbie, Wessly Madhevere, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Clive Madande, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Wellington Masakadza, Luke Jongwe, Bradley Evans, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava
Possible Playing XI:
Craig Ervine (c), Clive Madande (wk), Joylord Gumbie, Wessly Madhevere, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Wellington Masakadza, Richard Ngarava, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani
Shai Hope’s team has performed admirably in their two games. In the previous game, they thrashed Nepal by 101 runs. Hope took the lead in the previous game and led his team out of a tight situation. The victory would have boosted the team’s confidence. The West Indies captain will want his team to be inspired by their performance against Zimbabwe and maintain their lead in the points table.
Brandon King and Kyle Mayers have yet to score in the tournament, and the team will be hoping for a strong start from the duo. Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran both hit hundreds in the previous game, bolstering the middle order with Johnson Charles. Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, and Keemo Paul are all capable hitters who add an X-factor to this lineup.
In the previous game, Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph bowled brilliantly, and the pair will look to get early breakthroughs for the side in this game. Keemo Paul is bowling tight lines, and the team will expect him to do the same in the middle overs. The attack is led by Roston Chase, Akeal Hosein, and Mayers.
Shai Hope (c), Shamarh Brooks, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Rovman Powell, Keacy Carty, Roston Chase, Yannic Cariah, Jason Holder, Johnson Charles, Nicholas Pooran, Akeal Hosein, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Alzarri Joseph
Possible Playing XI:
Shai Hope (c & wk), Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Johnson Charles, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Roston Chase, Keemo Paul, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph
Zimbabwe vs West Indies Head to Head
West Indies and Zimbabwe have played 48 One-Day Internationals (ODIs). West Indies have won 36 of the 48 games, while Zimbabwe has won 10 of them. One match ended in a tie. 1 match ended in a tie.
Zimbabwe vs West Indies Head to Head Stats in ODIs
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Zimbabwe vs West Indies Toss Prediction
The pitch has been excellent for batting, and we’ve already seen a big score here. The team that bats first has an advantage because they can set the score and take advantage of the slowness of the surface with the ball in the latter half. The team that wins the toss here will want to take advantage of the conditions by batting first.
Zimbabwe vs West Indies Pitch Report
Harare Sports Club is notorious for slowing down as the game progresses. The large outfield also limits the side’s ability to score boundaries, but there are always runs for players who stay at the wicket. Fast bowlers will benefit from early assistance, but spinners have done well on this surface in the past.
On June 24, the skies over Harare will be clear. The wicket has been ideal for batting because the ball has landed nicely on the bat. Using the slowness of the surface, spinners have troubled the batsmen. In this game, the team that bats first would be content with a score of 300 runs or higher.
Zimbabwe vs West Indies Prediction
In both games, Zimbabwe’s batsmen have carried the team on their shoulders. Their bowling form is a source of concern, and they will need to bowl well against the West Indies’ strong batting lineup. West Indies has performed well in both games and has a strong record against Zimbabwe, giving them an advantage. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
West Indies is the favourite to beat Zimbabwe at the odds of 1.27.
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Johnson Charles scored a half-century in the second match against the US and appeared to be in good form. Despite failing to score any runs against Nepal in the ninth match, we can expect a good innings from him on the Harare pitch.