West Indies Dominate Oman in ODI World Cup Qualifier with Comfortable Victory

Oman Falls to West Indies in ODI World Cup Qualifier

Harare, July 5, 2023

In a dominant display of skill, the West Indies secured an impressive victory over Oman in the final match of the ODI World Cup qualifiers. The West Indies, guided by an outstanding century from opener Brandon King, chased down Oman’s total of 221 with ease, losing only three wickets in the process.

Opting to bat first, Oman struggled to build momentum against a relentless West Indies bowling attack, losing wickets at regular intervals. Romario Shepherd and Kyle Myers proved to be a formidable duo, claiming three and two wickets respectively. The Indian-origin Suraj Kumar was the standout performer for Oman, remaining unbeaten with a well-fought 53 runs off 65 balls. Shoaib Khan also contributed with a half-century, and their partnership helped Oman cross the 200-run mark. Kashyap Prajapati and Ayan Khan made valuable contributions with scores of 31 and 30 respectively.

In response, the West Indies faced an early setback with the dismissal of opener Johnson Charles. However, Kezey Carty and Brandon King steadied the innings, forging a crucial partnership. Brandon King’s explosive century, scored off 104 balls, became the cornerstone of the West Indies’ pursuit of victory. Shai Hope provided steady support with an unbeaten 63, and Nicholas Pooran’s contribution of 19 not out sealed the win for the West Indies.

This triumph comes as redemption for the West Indies, who were unable to qualify for the ODI World Cup in India earlier this year. As two-time champions, missing out on qualification marked a historic low for the team. With this commanding victory, the West Indies are looking to reestablish their dominance in the cricketing world.

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Harare: West Indies get a comfortable win in the ODI World Cup qualifier. In the final match of the qualifiers, the West Indies managed to thrash Oman by seven wickets. Oman, who batted first, scored 221 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 50 overs, while the West Indies reached the target with the loss of three wickets in 39.4 overs thanks to a century by opener Brandon King. Oman score 221-9 in 50 overs, Windies 222-3 in 39.4 overs.

Oman, who missed the toss and came to the crease, was bowled by Windies pacer Romario Shepherd and Kyle Myers. Shepherd took three wickets for 44 runs in 10 overs while Myers took two wickets for 31 runs in seven overs. Oman’s top scorer is Indian origin Suraj Kumar who remained unbeaten with 53 runs off 65 balls. Shoaib Khan scored 50 off 54 balls and the duo’s partnership with Oman passed 200. Kashyap Prajapati who scored 31 runs and Ayan Khan who scored 30 runs were the other top scorers for Oman.

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In reply, they lost opener Johnson Charles (4) early but Kesey Carty (29) and Brandon King led the West Indies to a good score. After Carty’s dismissal, King put on a 96-run partnership with Shai Hope (63*). King, who scored 100 off 104 balls, was dismissed after scoring a century, but Shai Hope along with Nicholas Pooran (19*) led the Windies to victory.

Windies were eliminated from the World Cup in India in October-November this year after losing to Scotland earlier. Two-time champions West Indies failed to qualify for the ODI World Cup for the first time in their history.

Last Updated July 5, 2023, 7:54 PM IST
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