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T20 World Cup: England had ‘point to prove’ in one-sided win over Oman

England ‘had a point to prove’ as they demolished Oman in a blistering 19-ball chase.

The defending champions needed big wins against Oman on Thursday night and against Namibia on Saturday evening in order to stand any chance of overhauling Scotland on net run rate to join Australia in the Super 8s.

They completed the first part of their task as they whipped the minnows out for just 47 in the 14th over before a brutal onslaught saw them pepper the boundary rope on their way to victory in 3.1 overs.

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After a wash-out against Scotland and then Saturday’s dismal defeat tp Australia, Mark Wood admitted: “We had a point to prove. We trained really well and showed character and resilience.”

Wood claimed his 50th England T20I wicket in figures of 3-12 and added: “We took our catches and stayed behind the line.

“It was a mixture of trying to push them back, then having the awareness to go full. Adil is a real asset for us. He’s a magician, great to have in our side.”

Rashid claimed figures of 4-11 from four overs and was named player of the match.

He said: “I thought we bowled exceptionally well, it was nice to bowl them out for 47. It’s always nice when you see your first one spin. When you get a wicket first ball it sets the tone.

“I was very happy today. One game at a time, we’ve got Namibia next, our job is to go out there and do our thing.”

Skipper Jos Buttler, who cracked 24 from eight deliveries to steer England home, said: “Thought the tone was set by the bowlers, take early wicket and restrict them. We bowled brilliantly. Job done today, and another game in two days’ time.

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

Oman captain Aqib Ilyas admitted: “it was a big collapse, but still there are positives. With associate teams, we don’t get to play bowlers who bowl at 140kph.

“They had to go for run rate. We have learned a lot, how we can get better. We competed in some areas. You learn where you stand, but we have to work hard.”

Alex Hoad
Alex Hoad
Alex has more than 15 years' experience in sports journalism and has reported on multiple Olympics, World Cups and European Championships in additional to Champions League, Europa League and domestic football.
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