world : England thrash Oman to pile pressure on Scotland

world : England thrash Oman to pile pressure on Scotland
world : England thrash Oman to pile pressure on Scotland

Thursday 13 June 2024 11:46 PM

Nafeza 2 world - England had made a stumbling start to their World Cup defence since arriving in the Caribbean, with a washout against Scotland followed by a heavy defeat by Australia.

They could not have dreamt of a better response than a win in just one hour and 42 minutes.

Buttler's side went into the final two games needing big victories to first draw level with Scotland and then overhaul their net run-rate.

In the end, they did the latter part of that equation in one emphatic blow.

The opposition were poor – Oman, ranked 19th in the world, blown away by Wood and Archer's pace and Rashid's skill – but England were excellent.

Buttler, after two difficult games, captained well by keeping on his strike bowlers to never allow the pressure to be released.

When it came to the chase, they knew wickets were effectively irrelevant and had to chase the score in 32 balls to take their net run-rate above Scotland's.

Having done so in 19, there remains work to do but England will go into a match against Namibia, who were bowled out for 72 by Australia on Tuesday, as huge favourites.

Win that and all they will need is a helping hand from their Ashes rivals.

The match began with an over which cost one run from Reece Topley, brought into the team for Chris Jordan, which give little hint of the carnage to come.

Archer started with a wide but had Pratik Athavale caught at cover with his second legitimate delivery, and in his next over Oman captain Aqib Ilyas was taken at backward point.

Wood’s first ball was hit for six against Australia but here Zeeshan Masood chipped a catch back on one before Kashyap Prajapati lobbed a quick ball to mid-wicket from the final ball of his opening over.

From there Rashid joined the action.

Khalid Kail was stumped, Mehran Khan caught at slip and tailenders Fayyaz Butt and Kaleemullah bowled by the googly.

Only one Oman batter, Shoaib Khan with 11, made double figures. They only just managed to pass the record low total at a T20 World Cup of 39.

England’s only blemish was a dropped catch by Moeen Ali off left-hander Zeeshan which ultimately did not matter.

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