England hammer Oman to ignite World Cup defence



A ruthlessly efficient England gave their hopes of progressing in the T20 World Cup a major boost with an emphatic thrashing of Oman in Antigua.

The defending champions, who would have been knocked out by defeat, dismissed Oman for only 47 and raced to their target in just 3.1 overs in one of the most one-sided matches seen at a World Cup.

It significantly improves their net run-rate and means they will qualify for the Super 8s if they beat Namibia on Saturday and Scotland lose to Australia later that day.

Jofra Archer and Mark Wood tore through the Oman line-up with their pace while Adil Rashid bamboozled with his leg-spin for 4-12.

Rashid, like Archer, took a wicket in his first over, while Wood managed two. England's two quicks both claimed 3-12.

Phil Salt hit the first two balls of the chase for six before being bowled, while Will Jacks fell swinging in the second over as England chased a rapid victory.

Captain Jos Buttler pressed on to finish 24 not out from eight balls and complete the quickest run chase in T20 World Cup history which ignites his side's campaign.

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