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A victory against Oman saw England move closer to a place in the Super 8 stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup. England desperately needed two points to stay afloat, having registered just one point from their opening two matches. They lost to Australia while their match against Scotland was canceled due to rain. However, the defending champions bounced back with a dominant 8-wicket win over Oman at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. England tore Oman apart, bowling them out for 47 and chasing it in 3.1 overs.

England's first match gave Phil Salt gave the chase a fiery start, smashing a six off the first two balls of the innings. In doing so, Salt became the first player to hit sixes off the first two balls of a team innings in international cricket.

This victory was exactly what England needed to turn their NRR equation around in Group B. England now have a higher net run rate (+3.081) than second place Scotland (+2.164) in Group B, and would therefore qualify for the Super 8 if they beat Namibia and Scotland fail to score a point against Australia.

After opting to field first, England's rapid attack dismantled Oman, with Marc Bois And Jofra Archer each taking three wickets, reducing their opponent to just 47 runs in 13.2 overs.

Archer caused early damage with two wickets in the Powerplay and finished with figures of 3/12 from 3.2 overs. Wood, claiming his 50th T20 international wicket, also finished with 3/12. Adil Rachid then proved too strong for the Oman tail, taking 4/11 in his four overs.

England quickly reached their target of 48, Phil Salt hitting the first two balls for six before getting out on the third. Jos Butler (24 not out out of 8) and Johnny Bairstow (8 not out 2) then quickly finished the job after Will Jacks was dismissed for 5.

For Oman, this fourth defeat in the group was the most disappointing performance of the campaign, but they showed plenty of hope for the future in previous matches.

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