Brandon King scored a ton against the UAE© AFP
Brandon King smashed 112 as the West Indies bolstered their confidence ahead of their World Cup qualifier by beating the United Arab Emirates in Sunday’s first one-day international tournament. The tourists knocked out 202 from the UAE and then chased down with 14.4 over to secure a seven-wicket win. The West Indies are gearing up for the Zimbabwe FIFA World Cup qualifier starting June 18, which will also feature the UAE.
The two-time world champions have never made it to the global exhibition, but only two of the 10 teams that competed in the qualifier will make it to the World Cup in India later this year.
“King is an exceptional player and I thought he would score a lot more early in his career,” said West Indies captain Shai Hope.
“But happy for him. He saw an opportunity to move the game forward and is happy to see that he made his first 100 today.”
Simer Kimo Paul was drafted 3-34 by the Windies bowlers as the hosts failed to recover their overs despite Ali Nasir’s 58-point counter.
Rookie King made quick work of the total, slowing down his first ODI tone to hit 12 fours and four sixes.
Hope finished the job in style, winning back-to-back sixes.
The second ODI will take place on Tuesday in Dubai, where the third and final match will also take place on Friday.
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