England super-charge net run rate by obliterating Oman as Sri Lanka move closer to sealing Super 8s spot by StuffsEarth

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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 the Scots, 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 added 4-11 as Oman were dismissed in just 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 Jos Buttler hit 24 not out off eight balls and Jonny Bairstow eight off two as England rapidly wrapped up the game. 

Jofra Archer celebrates taking a wicket. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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).

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.

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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. 

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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