ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023: ZIM vs NED Match 5 Playing XI and Fantasy Cricket Tips

Zimbabwe vs Netherlands Match Details

ZIM vs NED Match details

This is Group A Match where the host Zimbabwe is taking on the Dutch side of the Netherlands. The match would be played at Harare Sports Club in Harare on June 20. Zimbabwe is off to a fabulous start in this tournament as they beat Nepal comfortably by 8 wickets. The team is looking in good shape and would come into this contest with huge confidence. The Netherlands are playing their first game of this tournament and their key players are missing since they are doing other international duties. They will look to put up a strong fight against the host.

Pitch Report

The pitch at the Harare Sports Club is even-handed. A previous game setting a high score suggests the same may happen again. The team that wins the coin toss will probably choose to field and we could have a high-scoring match in our hands.

ZIM vs NED Teams Analysis

ZIM vs NED Teams analysis


They are off to a winning start and would like to extend their winning momentum. They have also maintained an undefeated streak in their last three games. The team secured a convincing victory by eight wickets in their inaugural World Cup qualifier match against Nepal. Although Nepal set a substantial target of 290 runs while batting first, Zimbabwe’s Richard Ngarava took four wickets to restrict them. Meanwhile, Kushal Bhurtel from Nepal played impressively and scored 99 runs. In the chase for victory, captain Ervine’s exceptional performance with an unbeaten score of 121 ensured a triumphant opening for Zimbabwe in the World Cup qualifiers. 

Sean Williams played a brilliant knock of 102 runs with a tremendous strike rate of over 145. The two senior batsmen, captain Craig Ervine and Sean Williams have done their best. Sean scored the fastest ODI hundred by a Zimbabwean on just 70 balls. The bowling looks settled and is in the groove. They have the likes of Ngarva, Muzarabani, W Masakadza, T Chatara and other part-time bowlers like S Raza and S Williams. Overall, they would enjoy their home conditions and the Netherlands needs to strategize properly before coming into this game.


They are playing their first game without their key players Colin Ackermann, Fred Klaasen, Paul van Meekeren and Vivian Kingma. The wicketkeeper batter Scott Edwards is leading the team. They would want their 4-match losing streak here. The top order looks solid and this is their main strength. V Singh and Max O’Dowd provide a fine start to the innings. Teja Nidamanaru, Scott Edwards and Bas de Leede handle the middle order. The bowling looks a bit weak comparatively in the absence of F Klaasen and V Kingma. This might hurt them in this opening match.

In April 2023, they lost badly against a much stronger side South Africa by 2-0 in the two-match ODI series at home. Before that, in March 2023, the Netherlands toured Zimbabwe for three-match ODI series which they lost by 2-1. However, in the World Cup Qualifier matches that concluded last week, they won against Ireland but lost to Sri Lanka by a decent margin. So, the year 2023 hasn’t been great so far and they need to improve on their bowling department especially. 

ZIM vs NED Head-to-Head Records

Whenever these two sides met, the contest has been even and they won equal matches. Out of 6 matches played between them, both won 3 matches each.

Matches PlayedZIM wonNED wonTieNo result

ZIM vs NED Key Players To Watch

ZIM vs NED Key Players

We are taking stats from ZIM vs NED three-match ODI series in March 2023 to understand how the players performed against the opposition.


PlayerMatchesRunsBat. Avg.Bat. SRWicketsBowl. Avg.
C Madande31266381.2
S Williams21206095.2
W Madhevere311036.685.2422.5
S Raza3525
W Masakadza2316.3


PlayerMatchesRunsBat. Avg.Bat. SRWicketsBowl. Avg.
M O’Dowd313946.372.7
T Nidamanaru312864100.7
S Ahmad3817.8
S Edwards37725.696.2

ZIM vs NED Squads

ZIM vs NED Team squads


Craig Ervine(c), Wessly Madhevere, Joylord Gumbie, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Clive Madande(wk), Wellington Masakadza, Richard Ngarava, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani, Luke Jongwe, Innocent Kaia, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Brad Evans


Max ODowd, Vikramjit Singh, Wesley Barresi, Scott Edwards(w/c), Teja Nidamanuru, Bas de Leede, Shariz Ahmad, Aryan Dutt, Logan van Beek, Vivian Kingma, Saqib Zulfiqar, Clayton Floyd, Ryan Klein, Michael Levitt, Noah Croes

ZIM vs NED Match 5 Fantasy Predictions

ZIM vs NED Fantasy predictions


  • The wicketkeeper Clive Madande was the leading run-scorer in the three-match ODI series against the Netherlands. He could once again bat well at the top order.
  • Sean Williams is a terrific all-rounder. He could smash a century like he did in the first game against Nepal and also pick crucial wickets with his spin bowling.
  • W Madhevere is another fine all-rounder. He also picked up some crucial wickets against the Netherlands. He bats in the middle order and could play handy innings.
  • Muzarabani and Ngarva are the pace sensations of this team. They have been among the wicket-takers and if Zimbabwe bowls first then this duo would be lethal at the start of the innings.


  • The veteran and the experienced Max O’Dowd is a top-class player at the top. He also did well against Zimbabwe in the three-match ODI series and was the leading run-scorer of the series. He is expected to hit crucial runs at the top.
  • Teja Nidamanaru is another emerging player from the Netherlands especially in the middle order. He has performed well this year and was also the second-leading run-scorer in the series against Zimbabwe.
  • The leg spinner Shariz Ahmad could become a game-changer in this match if there is some assistance for the spinners. He took 8 wickets in the series and was the leading wicket-taker also. He is expected to shine with the ball.

ZIM vs NED Predicted Playing XI

ZIM vs NED Predicted 11


Clive Madande(wk), Joylord Gumbie, Craig Ervine(c), Wessly Madhevere, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Wellington Masakadza, Richard Ngarava, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani


Max ODowd, Vikramjit Singh, Wesley Barresi, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards(c & wk), Saqib Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Shariz Ahmad, Aryan Dutt, Clayton Floyd/ Ryan Klein

ZIM vs NED Fantasy Playing XI

ZIM vs NED Fantasy team

Based on the stats above, this could be the fantasy team.

  • Wicketkeepers: Clive Madande
  • Batters: Max ODowd, Vikramjit Singh, Teja Nidamanuru
  • All-Rounders: Wessly Madhevere, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Bas de Leede
  • Bowlers: Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani, Shariz Ahmad
  • Captain: Sean Williams / Sikandar Raza
  • Vice-captain: Wessly Madhevere / Clive Madande


The ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023 is underway and this is going to be an exciting contest because Zimbabwe is coming into this match with two back-to-back wins while the Netherlands is on a four-match losing streak. The host would enjoy the home conditions and surely bank on them. The Netherlands would want to avenge their series loss and start their campaign with a bang. Can they break the host’s winning streak and will Zimbabwe make the hat-trick of wins?  Only time will tell us.

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