England get massive net run rate boost in Oman thrashing to regain control of World Cup fate

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Mark Wood celebrates a wickets as England trounced Omna.
Camera IconMark Wood celebrates a wickets as England trounced Omna. Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

England have bounced back from losing to Australia by inflicting one of the biggest thrashings in Twenty20 World Cup history on Oman.

The holders won by eight wickets with 16.5 overs remaining, taking just 19 balls to knock off the target after dismissing Oman for 47.

The win hugely improves their net run-rate, and their chances of progressing from Group B.

After 48 hours of whispers that group leaders Australia would be prepared to engineer England’s exit by easing up in their closing pool game against Scotland, Jos Buttler’s side took charge of their own fate.

They wiped out their deficit to ensure they will go second if they win Saturday’s clash with Namibia.

Jofra Archer and Mark Wood both took 3-12 and Adil Rashid 4-11 as Oman were dismissed in 13.2 overs.

Shoaib Khan top-scored for the Gulf state side with 11.

Phil Salt exceeded that after two balls of England’s innings, dispatching both for six.

He was dismissed off the next ball but captain Buttler hit 24 not out off eight balls and Jonny Bairstow eight off two as England rapidly wrapped up the game.

Jofra Archer
Camera IconJofra Archer took three wickets as England rolled over Oman for 47 runs in Antigua. (AP PHOTO) Credit: AAP

“It was job done,” Buttler said.

“We spoke in the lead up to this game that if we get the chance we have to try and take advantage of the net run-rate and we managed to do that.

“We have another huge match to come. We can only control what we do and all our focus is on that.”

Earlier, a match-turning spell from Rishad Hossain engineered a 25-run victory for Bangladesh over the Netherlands at Arnos Vale on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent.

Shakib Al Hasan hit a 46-ball 64 as Bangladesh posted 5-159 after being put in.

The Netherlands looked in control of their pursuit, with valuable contributions from Vikram Singh (26), Sybrand Engelbrecht (33) and Scott Edwards (25).

England captain Jos Buttler said it was ‘job done.’
Camera IconEngland captain Jos Buttler said it was ‘job done.’ Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

But in the 15th over, Hossain dismissed Engelbrecht and Bas de Leede (0) in the space of three balls.

He returned for the 18th over and caught and bowled Logan van Beek (two) to give him a third wickets in four balls and overall figures of 3-33.

Put in to bat, Bangladesh made a poor start before Tanzid Hasan (35) and Shakib rebuilt the innings.

The former chipped Paul van Meekeren (2-15) to De Leede leaving them 3-71 after nine overs.

Mahmudullah’s 25 from 21 set a platform for Bangladesh to attack in the final overs with Jaker Ali (14 not out) and Shakib adding 26 from the last two.

Bangladesh are firming to face Australia in the Super 8’s
Camera IconBangladesh are firming to face Australia in the Super 8’s Credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

The Netherlands also began slowly, but Singh’s quickfire 26 from 15 left his side needing 86 from the final 10 overs.

Engelbrecht put his foot on the gas but Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman - who dismissed Edwards - reduced them from 3-111 to 7-117.

They closed on 8-134 and Bangladesh, whose last match is against Nepal, are now hot favourites to join South Africa in the super eights.

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