ZIM vs SL – ICC World Cup Qualifiers Prediction 02 Jul 2023
ICC World Cup Qualifiers
- Date: 2023-07-02
- Start Time: 09:00
- Location: Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
- Tournament: ICC World Cup
- Format: One Day International
- Prediction By: Malcolm Richards
The ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 is set to witness an exhilarating showdown between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka on Sunday, July 2.
- The Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo will be the venue for this highly anticipated fourth Super Six encounter, commencing at 9 am.
- With both teams maintaining an undefeated record in the tournament, the stage is set for a thrilling contest that has captured the attention and anticipation of cricket fans worldwide.
- Zimbabwe has displayed exceptional form throughout the Qualifiers, securing the top spot in the league round points table.
ZIM vs SL – WC Qualifiers – Venue Details
Venue: Queen Sports Club, Bulawayo
Date: July 2nd 2023
Time: 9:00 (local)
ZIM vs SL – WC Qualifiers – Team Previews
Zimbabwe has displayed exceptional form throughout the Qualifiers, demonstrating their dominance by topping the league round points table and carrying that momentum into the Super Six round. Their confidence remains high after a convincing 14-run victory over Oman in their previous Super Sixes clash.
The batting prowess of the Zimbabwean team has been nothing short of remarkable. Sean Williams has been the standout performer, amassing three centuries and a half-century in just five innings, establishing himself as the leading run-scorer of the tournament. Captain Craig Ervine has also played a crucial role in providing strength to the top order.
Sikandar Raza has proven to be a valuable asset in the lower middle order, making quick runs and contributing with his bowling skills. However, apart from Raza, the spinners have not had the same impact. Zimbabwe will heavily rely on their pace attack, led by Richard Ngarava and Tendai Chatara, to make a significant impact in the upcoming match.
Sri Lanka enters the Super Six stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 with a strong position, having topped Group B in the league round with four wins and eight points. Currently leading the Super Six table with six points and an impressive net run rate, they are eager to maintain their winning momentum as they face the Netherlands in their first Super Six encounter.
The opening pair of Pathum Nissanka and Dimuth Karunaratne will play crucial roles in providing a solid foundation for Sri Lanka. Karunaratne, leading the team’s run-scoring charts, has already showcased his skills with two half-centuries and a century. However, the inconsistent form of Kusal Mendis remains a concern for the Sri Lankan side. Despite this, they can rely on a lineup of dependable performers in the middle order.
Sri Lanka’s bowling attack is spearheaded by the exceptional Wanindu Hasaranga, who has been in outstanding form and currently leads the tournament’s wicket-takers with 20 scalps. Alongside him, Mahesh Theekshana has also made a significant impact, claiming nine wickets with his spin bowling. Their bowling duo adds depth and variety to Sri Lanka’s attack.
ZIM vs SL – WC Qualifiers – Probable Playing XI’s
Zimbabwe: J Gumbie (wk), C Ervine (Cap), W Madhevere, S Williams, S Raza, R Burl, W Masakadza, L Jongwe, R Ngarava, T Chatara, B Muzarabani
Sri Lanka: P Nissanka, D Karunaratne, K Mendis (wk), S Samarawickrama, C Asalanka, De Silva, D Shanaka (Cap), W Hasaranga, M Theekshana, L Kumara, D Madushanka
ZIM vs SL – WC Qualifiers – Pitch Report and Toss Prediction
The Queens Sports Club is known for its batsmen-friendly pitch, offering little assistance to the bowlers. Throughout the tournament, we have witnessed four instances of teams scoring over 300 runs on this ground. Considering the calibre of both teams, we anticipate yet another high-scoring encounter on Sunday.
ZIM vs SL – WC Qualifiers – Win Prediction
These two teams have been the best sides in the tournament and it will be a closely-fought encounter but Sri Lanka’s quality can’t be ignored.