Given that both teams had already qualified for the ICC ODI World Cup Qualifier tournament’s super sixes, the Zimbabwe vs. West Indies match in Harare on June 24 may not have appeared to be all that significant at first inspection. Zimbabwe, the hosts, pursued effectively against Nepal and the Netherlands, whereas the Windies were too powerful for the United States and Nepal.
Harare Sports Club’s massive and boisterous support emphasized the match’s immense significance. The victor would be able to carry those points into the super sixes stage, where the top two countries would qualify for the ODI World Cup in India.
How do super sixes function in the ICC ODI World Cup Qualifier 2023?
In the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 Qualifier in Zimbabwe, there are two divisions of five teams. The best three teams in each group advance to the subsequent round.
However, each contest is important. Teams may carry over their points and net run rate from the group stage to the super sixes. How? By defeating teams that have also qualified for the super sixes.
For instance, because Zimbabwe defeated fellow qualifier West Indies, they will carry these two points into the subsequent round. The Netherlands, whom Zimbabwe also defeated, was the other team to qualify from Group A. Therefore, the hosts have a lead start in the super sixes stage, where they will face the group B qualifiers Scotland, Oman, and Sri Lanka.
Zimbabwe also defeated Nepal, but because Nepal did not advance to the next round, the points Zimbabwe earned in that match are disregarded.
Two victories may be sufficient for Zimbabwe to qualify for the ODI World Cup due to their four points and respectable net run rate.
Monday, June 26 is a crucial matchup for the West Indies against the Netherlands. If the Windies fail this match, they will enter the super sixes stage with no points, effectively destroying their qualification chances.
How does the super sixes stage of the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup Qualifier work?
Group B is similarly affected. By defeating Oman, both Sri Lanka and Scotland earned two points. The two will then face each other on Tuesday for an opportunity to earn two additional points for the next stage.