Solid England qualified for the final

England 3-179 (Jonathan Trott 82*, Joe Root 48, Rory Klienveldt 1-10) won against South Africa 175 (David Miller 56*, Rory Klienveldt 43, James Tredwell 3-19, Stuart Broad 3-50) by seven wickets.

The composed English side led by James Tredwell along with Jonathan Trott beat South Africa and forced their way to the final of the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

The Proteas were bowled out for 175 runs after utilising 38.4 overs and the home side plundered 3-179 with 12.3 overs to spare.

James Tredwell (England) was announced ‘Player of the match’ for his lethal bowling spell of 3-19.

The first semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy was played on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Kennington Oval, London.

Earlier, Alastair Cook, the captain of England, won the toss and put South Africa into bat first. The visitors lost their openers for just four runs in 1.4 overs as Robin Peterson and Faf du Plessis tried to mend the early loss. Peterson hit 3 back to back fours in the sixth over and Plessis added two boundaries as the first was declared leg before wicket off James Anderson for 30. The rival bowlers became unplayable and du Plessis became the sixth victim at 70 in 18.4 overs at his personal score of 26. The next two batsmen surrendered cheaply and the Proteas were reeling at 8-80 after 22.3 overs.

James Tredwell - Deadly off spin bowling
James Tredwell – Deadly off spin bowling

David Miller and Rory Klienveldt stopped the invasion of the rival team with determination with regular boundaries. The hundred of the innings was attained in the 26th over as Miller hit the second six of his innings two overs later. The pair was sending the ball out of the fence at their will and David Miller reached his fourth ODI fifty in the 37th over. The 9th wicket partnership added 95 valuable runs and was broken at 175 in 38.3 overs when Rory Klienveldt was caught behind by Joss Buttler off Stuart Broad for 43 from 61 balls with 1 six and 4 fours. David Miller secured his end for 56 off 51 with 2 lofty sixes and 5 fours as the innings of South Africa was folded back for 175 in 38.4 overs.

James Tredwell and Stuart Broad were the main wicket takers with three each, James Anderson claimed two whereas Steven Finn got one wicket.

Alastair Cook and Ian Bell started off slowly by scoring 14 runs in five overs as the latter hit a couple of fours in the following over. Cook was caught behind by AB de Villiers off Chris Morris for six and Bell became the next victim for 20. The second wicket fell at 41 in 11 overs as Jonathan Trott and Joe Root got together in the park. Trott was the most aggressive of the two and got 4 fours until the end of the 18th over. Root added 3 fours in the coming overs as Jonathan Trott smashed his 22nd ODI half century in the 26th over with a four.

AB de Villiers used six bowlers to dislodge the partnership but remained unsuccessful as the two batsmen negotiated the bowling as per merit. The run rate was picked up by the duo and the score was enhanced to 146 in 32 overs as Joe Root was clean bowled by Jean-Paul-Duminy for 48 off 71 deliveries with 7 fours. Eoin Morgan associated with Trott next who dispatched the winning four on the third ball of the 38th over. Jonathan Trott remained unbeaten for 82 off 84 comprising 11 fours and Morgan was at the other end for 15 as the hosts thrashed 179 for the loss of just three wickets.

Chris Morris, Jean-Paul-Duminy and Rory Klienveldt were the only successful bowlers with one wicket each.

England triumphed against South Africa with a substantial margin of seven wickets and is just one match away from winning the supreme title.


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