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England v Oman: Prediction, Tips and Odds

England's T20 World Cup title defence is not going smoothly and they need a comprehensive victory over Oman in Antigua to boost their chances of qualifying for the Super 8 stage.

England v Oman

England v Oman betting tips and predictions

Jos Buttler England Top Batter @ 5/2

England's opening Group B game of the T20 World Cup was prematurely ended by rain after Scotland's openers had put on 90 in 10 overs.

Jos Buttler's men lost their second fixture by 36 runs against Australia and that result, combined with Scotland's wins over Oman and Namibia, leaves the 2022 T20 world champions in danger of a group-stage exit.

England need to win their final two matches, as well as overturning Scotland's significant run-rate advantage, and skipper Buttler should set the tone in Thursday's match against Oman.

He looked in good touch in his only innings of the tournament, hitting five fours and two sixes in a 28-ball 42 against Australia at the Kensington Oval.

An ill-advised reverse-sweep off leg-spinner Adam Zampa brought about Buttler's downfall, derailing England's run-chase, so the captain will be determined not to let Oman off the hook.

Buttler made an unbeaten 58 off 45 balls on his last visit to the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, leading England to a six-wicket ODI victory against the West Indies in December.

He scored 84 and 39 in two home T20 internationals against Pakistan last month and his 2024 IPL campaign for Rajasthan Royals included a stunning unbeaten 107 in a win against champions Kolkata at Eden Gardens.

England's middle-order faltered against Australia so opener Buttler should take the runscoring burden on his own shoulders and he looks a solid favourite to be his side's top batter in Antigua.    

Adil Rashid Over 1.5 Match Wickets @ 8/11

Australia bowled out Namibia for just 72 in Wednesday's Group B game in North Sound, where leg-spinner Zampa claimed 4-12 in his four overs.

Those figures should encourage Zampa's fellow leggie Adil Rashid, who took the big wicket of Glenn Maxwell in England's defeat to the Aussies and is worth backing to strike at least twice against Oman.

Rashid claimed 2-27 against Pakistan at The Oval in his final outing before the T20 World Cup, dismissing the dangerous Mohammad Rizwan and Shadab Khan.

The veteran loves bowling in the Caribbean and he took at least two wickets in four of his five T20 internationals against the West Indies in December, bowling home skipper Rovman Powell for four in the other game.

Oman Opening Partnership - Under 15.5 @ 10/11

England's failure to strike with the new ball has hurt them at this tournament but they should put that right against Oman.

Scotland's openers shared an unbroken stand of 90 against England in Bridgetown before Australia's Travis Head and David Warner smashed 70 off the first five overs.

Spinner Will Jacks conceded 22 runs in the second over of the Australia innings so that experiment is unlikely to be repeated and backing Oman's first wicket to fall before the score reaches 16 looks a decent bet.

The underdogs lost two wickets in the first two balls of their innings against Namibia and their openers were dismissed for seven and nought in the defeat to Australia.

Pratik Athavale made a methodical half-century against Scotland last time out but his opening partner Naseem Khushi was caught in the third over with the score at 13 so England should be confident of an early breakthrough on Thursday.

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England v Oman odds

Oman - 12/1
England - 1/25

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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