ICC Men's T20 WC'24: England Beats Oman by 8 Wickets, Super 8 Hopes Alive


ICC Men's T20 WC'24: England Beats Oman by 8 Wickets, Super 8 Hopes Alive
Jos Buttler, the England skipper, attributed their comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Oman in the T20 World Cup 2024 match at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium to their bowlers, who set the game's tempo. England's bowlers restricted Oman to a mere 47 runs, and England chased down the target in just 3.1 overs, showcasing one of the tournament's most dominant performances to date. Buttler, speaking post-match, lauded the bowlers and noted the additional bounce at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
Buttler played an unbeaten knock of 24 runs from 8 balls at a strike rate of 300.00 and helped England clinch a crucial win over Oman after their game against Scotland was abandoned and losing against Australia. "The tone was set very well by the bowlers by picking up those early wickets and restricting them to that total. We've got another big game in two days. I thought they bowled brilliantly. There was some extra bounce, thought they bowled really good lines and lengths. There was some spin, don't think any of us expected the surface to play like it did", Buttler said.
The wicketkeeper-batter hailed Adil Rashid for his four-wicket haul and said he bowled "exceptionally well". "Adil bowled exceptionally well. The message was to be ultra-positive. We spoke of taking our chances to boost our NRR. We know what's going in the dressing room; there's huge confidence", he added.
Summarizing the match, England won the toss and opted to field first against Oman. The opening partnership managed just six runs before both openers, Pratik Athavale (5 runs off 3 balls, including 1 four) and Kashyap Prajapati (9 runs off 16 balls, including 1 six), were dismissed. Star pacer Jofra Archer claimed the first wicket of the match by dismissing Athavale.
Shoaib Khan top-scored for Oman with 11 runs off 23 balls, including one four, in a match where the team managed a modest total of 47 runs. England's bowlers wrapped up Oman's innings by the 14th over. Adil Rashid was instrumental in leading the English bowling attack, claiming four wickets while conceding just 11 runs in his four overs at an impressive economy rate of 2.80. In the chase, England's opening batsmen displayed dominance, achieving the target in only 3.1 overs with superb batting performances.
Philip Salt, who scored 12 runs off 3 balls with two sixes, fell victim to Bilal Khan, while Will Jacks, scoring 5 runs off 7 balls, was dismissed by Kaleemullah. However, Jos Buttler remained unbeaten till the end with 24 runs off 8 balls, including 4 fours and 1 six, alongside Jonny Bairstow, who scored 8 runs off 2 balls with 2 fours, guiding England to victory. Bilal Khan and Kaleemullah were the sole wicket-takers for Oman in the match.