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King's Magnificent Century and Shepherd's Impressive Three-for Propel West Indies to First Super Six Victory

The West Indies cricket team achieved a comfortable victory over Oman in Harare, thanks to a disciplined bowling performance and a century by Brandon King. The West Indies bowlers, particularly Kyle Mayers and Romario Shepherd, impressed with their skills, while the spinners successfully restricted Oman's scoring. Oman struggled to gain momentum and were unable to reach a competitive total. Chasing a modest target of 222, the West Indies controlled the game easily, guided by King's century and Shai Hope's half-century. This win marked their first victory in the Super Six stages of the World Cup Qualifier, achieved with more than ten overs to spare.

As both teams had already been eliminated from the tournament, the match lacked the usual excitement and energy, leading to a small crowd at the Harare stadium. Oman suffered early setbacks as Shepherd and Mayers dismissed Jatinder Singh and captain Aqib Ilyas cheaply. Oman's innings was plagued by a series of run-outs, indicating poor decision-making. Roston Chase capitalized on Oman's mistakes and executed a run-out to dismiss Kashyap Prajapati. Akeal Hosein, Roston Chase, and Kevin Sinclair took charge of the middle overs and kept Oman's run rate low due to their lack of intent. Oman struggled to maintain a consistent scoring rate, with frequent dot balls. Although Oman faced the danger of a collapse during the middle overs, Shoaib Khan and Suraj Kumar showed resilience and prevented an early collapse. Their partnership of 85 runs helped Oman cross the 200-run mark, but another run-out ended their innings at 221.

The West Indies faced minimal pressure during their chase, as they were already out of contention for the tournament. Oman did manage to dismiss Johnson Charles early in the innings with a good delivery from Kaleemullah, but the West Indies comfortably progressed through the first powerplay. Keacy Carty was run out, but King found his rhythm and started scoring runs easily. As King and Hope formed a strong partnership, Oman struggled to find ways to break through and slow down the scoring rate.

Despite the West Indies' disappointing performance in the tournament, King showcased his talent by scoring his second century. However, he was dismissed shortly after reaching this milestone. Meanwhile, Hope also reached his half-century, and the West Indies quickly approached the target. Nicholas Pooran contributed an unbeaten 24 runs off 19 balls, helping the West Indies secure a victory that had little impact on their tournament standing. Nonetheless, they successfully completed the job at hand with great skill and efficiency.

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