Bowlers, Trott put England in CT 13 final

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London, June 19: England defeated South Africa by 7 wickets to reach the final of Champions Trophy 2013 here at The Oval on Wednesday. The hosts will face the winners of second semi-final between India and Sri Lanka. Final will be played on June 23 at Edgbaston.


In pursuit of 176, Trott guided the chase with an unbeaten 82 (84 balls, 11x4). He was assisted well by Joe Root with 48. It was a comprehensive victory for the hosts as they completed the match in 37.3 overs.

Bowlers, Trott put England in CT final

England's march into the final was never in doubt after bowling the opposition out for 175. It was the bowlers who set up the win.

This is England's second final appearance in Champions Trophy after they had finished runners-up to West Indies in 2004 when the tournament was held at home for the first time.

Yet again, South Africa will have to carry the burden of chokers' tag. They have failed to win another ICC tournament.

This was also the last game for Proteas' coach Gary Kirsten and he did not have a winning farewell. The team was let down by their batsmen.

India and Sri Lanka face in the second semis in Cardiff on Thursday (June 20).

South Africa bowled out for 175

It was advantage England as they bowled South Africa out for a paltry 175 in 38.4 overs.

If not for an invaluable 95-run partnership in 16 overs between David Miller (56 not out) and Rory Kleinveldt (43), the Proteas would have been bundled out for less than 100. Miller and Kleinveldt gave South Africa bowlers a chance to fight.

Kleinveldt, only playing this match because of injury to Dale Steyn, proved his worth with the bat with a career best 43. He and Miller scored at a fast pace after South Africa were in doldrums at 80/8. England were frustrated for 16 overs by the 9th wicket association but Stuart Broad ended the innings with two in two balls in the 39th over.

Left-handed Miller hit a 51-ball 56 not out with 5 fours and 2 sixes. Kleinveldt had 4 fours and 1 six in his 61-ball innings. Broad and James Tredwell had three wickets apiece while James Anderson had two.

England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler took six catches today.

Earlier, South Africa were off to a disastrous start losing openers Colin Ingram (0) and their best batsman against England, Hashim Amla (1) with just 4 runs on the board in 1.4 overs. They never recovered from this double-blow.

Paceman Anderson was outstanding in his first spell of seven overs. He accounted for Ingram and Robin Peterson for just 11 runs and 1 maiden (7-1-11-2).

There was a brief partnership between Peterson (30) and Faf du Plessis (26) for the third wicket. But that association of 41 was ended by Anderson when he trapped Peterson LBW.

Before he was sent back to the pavilion, Peterson played aggressively hitting Steven Finn for three successive boundaries.

Captain AB de Villiers played a horrendous shot to depart for a 9-ball duck. He chased a wide delivery and edged to Buttler off Broad.

By the end of 21 overs, South Africa were tottering at 78/7 with Miller, the only specialist batsman left at the crease. Chris Morris left the scene and the Proteas were 80/8.

Offspinner Tredwell continued Anderson's good work by quickly taking three wickets in his first five overs (5-0-12-3). His first spell read 6-0-19-3.

At 80/8 in 23 overs, South Africa took the batting powerplay. Miller sent the first ball from Finn into the long-off stands. Miller and Kleinveldt pushed the score past 100. In 5 overs of batting powerplay, Miller and Kleinveldt scored 38 runs.

England opt to bowl

England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and invited South Africa to bat.

It was a huge blow for South Africa as fast bowler Steyn was ruled out of the game. He failed a fitness test before the coin toss.

If the match ends in a tie, Super Over will be used to decide the winner. However, if the game is washed out, then England will progress to final as they finished as the number one team in the Group.

India and Sri Lanka will contest the second semi-final on Thursday.

Playing XIs

South Africa: Colin Ingram, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (captain and wicketkeeper), JP Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Robin Peterson, Chris Morris, Rory Kleinveldt, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

England: Alastair Cook (captain), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, James Tredwell, Steven Finn, James Anderson.


Story first published:  Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 14:34 [IST]
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