Shai Hope and Darren Sammy secured their first ODI series victory as West Indies captain and coach, respectively, with a 78-run win over United Arab Emirates here.
The West Indies won Game 1 with 88 balls to spare and clinched the three-game series with one to spare. Setting the UAE a target of 307, they restricted the home team to 228 for 7 in 50 overs in Game 2 on Tuesday night.
Johnson Charles set the West Indies on course for a big total when he plundered eight boundaries and three sixes to reach 63 from 47 deliveries, sharing a 129-run opening stand with Brandon King before he was caught off Ali Naseer’s bowling in the 17th over.
King scored 64 off 70 deliveries to lead the scoring for the West Indies, while Keacy Carty (32), Hope (23) and Kavem Hodge (26) made contributions in the middle. Odean Smith belted 37 from 24 balls before being dismissed by Zahoor Khan (3/44) to end the innings in 49.5 overs with the total at 306.
UAE lost wickets in the 4th and 9th overs and slipped to 52/3 at the end of the 14th.
Brief scores: WI 306 in 49.5 overs (B. King 64, J. Charles 63, O. Smith 37). UAE 228/7 in 50 overs(B. Hameed 49, A. Naseer 57).WI won by 78 runs.