Zimbabwe vs Oman Match 1, Super Sixes, ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023 Pitch Report, Playing XI and Fantasy Predictions

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Match Details

The ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023 group stages are over and now we move ahead to the Super Sixes round. The 1st match will take place between Zimbabwe and Oman at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on June 29. Zimbabwe enters the match with an undefeated record, having triumphed over strong teams like West Indies and Netherlands

Meanwhile, Oman enters the match on the back of a remarkable upset against Ireland, one of the favorites to qualify for the World Cup. This unexpected victory in the group stage showcases Oman’s potential and their team’s ability to challenge established teams. 

Pitch Report

pitch report

Five matches have been played on this pitch and the teams batting first have won 3 matches. This shows that the captains would look to bat first and get runs on the board. Overall, it is a high-scoring pitch but as the match progresses, the pitch becomes slower and assists a bit more to the bowlers.

Zimbabwe vs Oman Match 1 Preview

match preview

Team Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has positioned itself favorably to secure a spot in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup after dominating the group stages. They sailed through the group stage with a flawless record of four wins out of four matches played. The most recent game witnessed the hosts achieving an unprecedented milestone, accumulating a massive score of 408/6 against the United States before dismissing them for a mere 104 runs. The victory margin of 304 runs is the second largest ever recorded in ODI cricket history. Undoubtedly, playing on their home turf has proved to be a significant advantage for Zimbabwe. However, their combination of seasoned players, youthful enthusiasm, and outstanding talent has led them to a new path of success. 

Zimbabwe has accumulated eight points in the tournament, which puts them in a strong position to qualify for the World Cup. They are only behind Sri Lanka in terms of Net Run Rate (NRR). The Zimbabwean batsmen have been exceptional, with captain Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, and star all-rounder Sikandar Raza all ranking among the top six run-scorers of the tournament. In terms of bowling, Richard Ngarava and Raza are among the top six wicket-takers, with 10 and 8 wickets respectively. 

Team Oman

Unfortunately, due to their defeats against Sri Lanka and Scotland, Oman will not have any points to carry into the Super Sixes stage of the World Cup 2023 Qualifiers. It hampered their chances of qualifying for the World Cup, which will be held in India. They began their campaign on a high note, making a powerful statement by upsetting a strong Ireland team. They achieved this feat by successfully chasing down a challenging target of 282 runs within 48 overs, with five wickets to spare. This remarkable victory boosted their confidence and raised hopes for their qualification prospects.

Furthermore, Oman strengthened their chances by securing a win against UAE in their subsequent match. However, their momentum faltered when they faced the two formidable teams, Sri Lanka and Scotland, in their final games. Unfortunately, they were unable to maintain their winning streak and suffered defeats against these strong opponents. They now face an uphill battle in the Super Sixes stage, where they will need to deliver exceptional performances to revive their hopes of making it to the World Cup 2023 in India.

Head-to-Head Records

There are no International matches being played between these two teams. However, in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023 warm-up matches, one match was played and Zimbabwe won it by 28 runs. 

Key Players To Watch

We will take the stats of the ongoing ICC tournament to understand the player’s current form.

key players to watch

Team Zimbabwe

PlayerMatchesRunsBat. AvgBat. SRWicketsBowl. Avg
S Williams4390130152.9
C Ervine321810993.1
S Raza4218109156.885.1
R Ngarva4104.1

Team Oman

PlayerMatchesRunsBat. AvgBat. SRWicketsBowl. Avg
M Nadeem411155.575
S Khan410753.581.6
A Ilyas414235.581.6
A Khan413333.292.3
B Khan495.6
F Butt496.4



Team Zimbabwe

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

Team Oman

Kashyap Prajapati, Jatinder Singh, Zeeshan Maqsood(c), Mohammad Nadeem, Aqib Ilyas, Ayaan Khan, Naseem Khushi(wk), Bilal Khan, Jay Odedra, Shoaib Khan, Fayyaz Butt, Sandeep Goud, Rafiullah, Samay Shrivastava, Suraj Kumar, Adeel Shafique, Kaleemullah

Probable Playing XI

zimbabwe vs oman probable playing

Team Zimbabwe

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

Team Oman

Kashyap Prajapati, Jatinder Singh, Zeeshan Maqsood(c), Mohammad Nadeem, Aqib Ilyas, Shoaib Khan, Ayaan Khan, Naseem Khushi(w), Bilal Khan, Jay Odedra, Fayyaz Butt

Zimbabwe vs Oman Fantasy Predictions

match prediction

Team Zimbabwe

  • Sean Williams is the leading run-scorer in this tournament so far. In the last match, he scored brilliant 174 runs with an overwhelming strike rate of above 170. He surely would carry that form in this match too.
  • The star player Sikandar Raza is perhaps the best in the all-rounder section. He has played exceptionally well and also took some crucial wickets. He is a must-pick player in the fantasy team.
  • Richard Ngarva is the second-highest wicket-taker so far with 10 wickets. He bowls well in the initial phases and at the back end of the innings.
  • The skipper Craig Ervine is the 5th highest run-scorer so far and he will make a comeback in this match. Expect a fine knock from him.

Team Oman

  • Mohammad Nadeem and Shoaib Khan are the top performers in the batting. Both have scored some valuable runs in the middle order.
  • Aqib Ilyas and Ayaan Khan also chipped in with vital contributions. The former has smashed two half-centuries so far. Therefore expect some handy innings from these players.
  • Bilal Khan is the 5th highest wicket-taker so far. He has a knack for taking early wickets and he should be a go-to bowler for Oman. We can expect a wicket or two from him in this match.
  • Fayyaz Butt is another bowler who has bowled some fine spells. He has scalped 6 wickets so far and is expected to do something more in this match.

Dream 11 Fantasy Team

Based on the stats above, this could be the fantasy playing 11.

  • Wicketkeepers: Joylord Gumbie
  • Batters: Craig Ervine, Aqib Ilyas, Shoaib Khan
  • All-Rounders: Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Zeeshan Maqsood, Ayaan Khan
  • Bowlers: Richard Ngarava, Tendai Chatara, Bilal Khan
  • Captain: Sikandar Raza / Sean Williams
  • Vice-captain: Craig Ervine / Richard Ngarava

Betting Tips- Who Will Win?

match overview

Zimbabwe has almost reached the qualifying doors for the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 in India. With plenty of fantastic performers in their team, they are the favourites to win this match. However, we have seen some upsets so far and therefore Oman will play as an underdog team.


Zimbabwe would be pleased with their performances so far. The host had got great support from the home crowd and it has lifted their spirits and confidence. Fantastic batting performances and good defensive bowling has led them to great success. On the other hand, Oman started off extremely well but they lost their way in the last two matches and it dented their hopes of qualification. Still, they would want to keep the competition alive and give a tough fight to the host. Can they beat the home side or will Zimbabwe triumph again? This is Super Sixes round and this 1st match is going to be an enthralling contest in our hands.

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