June 20, 2013
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Champions Trophy semi-final, The Oval
England 179-3 (37.3 overs) beat South Africa 175 (38.4 overs) by seven wickets
England eased past a below par South Africa by 7 wickets at The Oval yesterday to reach the Champions Trophy final on home turf.
Having won the toss in muggy conditions, England had no hesitation in asking South Africa to bat first. England made the best possible start as South Africa collapsed to 80-8 as wickets tumbled on what was a very good batting surface in South London.
There was some resistance from South Africa’s lower order in the form of David Miller (56*) and Rory Klienveldt (43), helping South Africa to still a barely respectable 175. The away team were bowled out in just 38.4 overs leaving big questions marks of a top order containing world class batsmen.
James Anderson was yet again outstanding with the new ball taking 2-14, but the star of England’s performance in the field was James Tredwell who ripped through South Africa’s middle order taking 3-19. ‘Tricky Tredders’ as he is now known won the man of the match award for this fine spell of bowling from the Vauxhall end.
In reply South Africa did claim the early wickets on Ian Bell (20) and Alastair Cook (6), but a third wicket partnership of 105 between Jonathan Trott and Joe Root calmed any nerves around the ground. Root was dismissed for 48, but Jonathan Trott finished the job in style with a cover drive to the boundary as the Warwickshire batsman finished on 82 not out from 84 balls.
England will face either India or Sri Lanka at Edgbaston in the final on Sunday, while South Africa head home knowing that yet again they have failed to deliver in the later stages of a major tournament and even their coach Gary Kirsten was using the word ‘choke’ in the post-match press conference.
The Scoop 20/06/13