England beat Oman to revive T20 World Cup campaign

England beat Oman by eight wickets as the defending champions restarted their T20 World Cup campaign with a record victory in Antigua on Thursday.

England beat Oman to revive T20 World Cup campaign
England beat Oman to revive T20 World Cup campaign

Needing a heavy win to bolster their net run rate as they attempt to topple Scotland in the race for qualification for the second round, England routed Oman for just 47.

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England then made it 50-2 in just 3.1 overs, captain Jos Buttler 24 not out and Jonny Bairstow, who reached the winning boundary, unbeaten on eight.

This crushing Group B victory saw England record the biggest victory in T20 World Cup history in terms of balls remaining.

Oman had no answer to England's attack, with leg-spinner Adil Rashid taking 4-11, while quick expresses Jofra Archer and Mark Wood both had figures of 3-12 in an innings which ended with almost seven overs remaining.

Number seven Shoaib Khan was the only Oman batsman to reach double figures after Buttler won the toss.

England's net success rate rose to 3.081, better than Scotland's (2.16), although they remained third on three points, behind the Scots' five.

But amid rumors that arch-rivals Australia, undefeated so far in Group B, could slow down their final group match against Scotland to force England's exit, Buttler's men know now that they will occupy second place if they beat Namibia in their group final on Saturday.

However, even a victory would force England to wait for the result of Sunday's match between Australia and Scotland to find out if they have reached the Super Eights. – 'Accomplished job' –

“I thought the tone was set very well by the bowlers, picking up the early wickets,” Buttler said as England returned to winning ways after a comprehensive 36-run defeat to Australia last time out which followed a wash with Scotland.

“Work done today, another big match in two days.”

The defeat against Australia added to the pressure on Buttler and coach Matthew Mott, himself from Australia, which had been mounting since late last year when England lost six of their nine matches in a dismal defense of their 50-over World Cup title in India.

“I’ve been around long enough to know how things work,” Buttler said. “We have confidence. We can only focus on ourselves, we have a huge game against Namibia.”

Already eliminated Oman, who finished the tournament having lost all four matches, has just surpassed the record lowest completed total of 39 in a T20 World Cup, posted by non-Test nation Uganda against the West Indies co-hosts Guyana last. week.

“We failed to bat well, it was a big collapse,” Oman captain Aqib Ilyas said.

“Overall we couldn't do much. There are still a lot of positives and you just have to get better and better. Once a year you play against bowlers who bowl at over 150 km/h.”

Archer did the first damage with 2-12 from nine balls.

Oman then lost two wickets in Wood's first over as they collapsed to 25-4 in six overs.

The next delivery wicketkeeper, Buttler, fortunately removed the bails in the second attempt to deter Khalid Kail from Rashid's first ball as the wickets continued to fall.

Phil Salt hit the first two balls of England's chase for six, before being dismissed in the third by Bilal Khan, but his team was on their way.


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