The ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023 in Zimbabwe is nearing its conclusion, with only five matches remaining. As Zimbabwe has been knocked out of the tournament, Scotland and the Netherlands are now monitoring for a spot in the ODI World Cup 2023.
Let’s explore the scenario of how each team can qualify.
During the Super Sixes stage, Zimbabwe’s hopes were shattered when they suffered a surprising defeat against Scotland, ending their chances of qualifying for the World Cup. Despite having the same points as Scotland, Zimbabwe’s inferior net run rate prevents them from surpassing Scotland. Moreover, if Scotland loses their final match, the Netherlands can improve its net run rate and overtake Zimbabwe. Therefore, Zimbabwe is now out of the race.
With nine teams already qualified, the battle for the final spot will be decided on Thursday, July 6, when Scotland and the Netherlands go head-to-head in the eighth match of the Super Sixes stage. Both teams can secure a place in the ODI World Cup.
Scotland Chances for Qualification:
Scotland currently holds the advantage, having won three out of four matches in the Super Sixes stage. With six points and a positive net run rate of 0.296, they occupy the second position in the points table. A victory or a draw against the Netherlands will be sufficient for Scotland to qualify for the World Cup. Even in a loss, they can still qualify if the margin of defeat is less than 30 runs.
If Scotland bats first
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Netherlands Chances of Qualification:
As for the Netherlands, they currently sit in fourth place in the Super Sixes points table with four points from four matches. However, they can secure a spot in the ODI World Cup 2023 by defeating Scotland by a margin of 30+ runs or chasing down the target with more than six overs to spare. This outcome would level their points with Scotland and Zimbabwe while surpassing them in net run rate, ensuring their qualification alongside Sri Lanka as the second and final team from the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023.
If the Netherlands bats first
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The battle between Scotland and the Netherlands for qualification in the ODI World Cup 2023 remains intense. The upcoming match between these two teams will determine the outcome, and both sides will be eager to secure their place in the prestigious tournament. Cricket fans can look forward to an exciting contest as these teams fight for their World Cup dreams.