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England thump South Africa to book Champions Trophy Final berth

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England beat South Africa by seven wickets at the Kennington Oval in London on Wednesday to qualify for the final of the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. England's bowlers did most of the damage early on by reducing South Africa to 80-8 before eventually bowling them out for 175. England then chased down the target inside 38 overs led by Jonathan Trott's 82* to qualify for their second Champions Trophy final having previously qualified in 2004.

Group A toppers England faced off against South Africa, who finished second in Group B, in the first Knock-out game of the competition. England won the toss earlier in the day and decided to bowl first. England went into the game being forced to make two changes, as Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan were forced to sit out, while James Tredwell and Steven Finn replaced them. South Africa on the other hand were forced to rest Dale Steyn while Rory Kleinveldt took his spot in the squad.

South Africa got off to a bad start which only kept getting worse as they fell from 45-2 to 80-8, before a 95-run stand for the 9th wicket between David Miller and Rory Kleinveldt saw South Africa recover to post 175 on board. James Tredwell and Stuart Broad were the wreckers-in-chief for South Africa as they each picked up three wickets, the former earning the Man-of-the-Match title for his bowling effort.

England Skipper Alastair Cook's decision to bowl first seemed to work like a charm for England as James Anderson and Steven Finn each struck in the first two overs of the game to remove the in-form South African openers, Colin Ingram and Hashim Amla for 0 and 1 respectively. South Africa were at 4-2 after 2 overs, with Faf du Plessis and Robin Peterson at the crease, the latter being promoted to number three position to accelerate the scoring rate.

Peterson settled into this new role after playing out a couple of quiet overs before finally cutting loose in the sixth over off the bowling of Steven Finn, when he struck three consecutive boundaries. Peterson continued to play attacking strokes and was carrying on dangerously as he raced to 30 of 35 balls, and South Africa reached a strong 45-2 after 10 overs. Things started to go horribly wrong for South Africa from here though as Peterson fell leg before wicket (lbw) to James Anderson in the very next over; South Africa were 45-3 at this stage.

Skipper AB de Villiers walked out to the center at the fall of Peterson's wicket but only lasted 9 balls as he fell to Stuart Broad after chasing a wide delivery for nought. Faf du Plessis played some good, attacking strokes from his end, but he soon saw his partner JP Duminy fall for 3 to off-spinner James Tredwell, as South Africa slipped to 63-5 after 17 overs. Tredwell struck again in his next over to remove the set Faf du Plessis for a 39-ball 26 as South Africa fell from 45-2 to 70-6 in less than eight overs.

Skipper AB de Villiers walked out to the center at the fall of Peterson's wicket but only lasted 9 balls as he fell to Stuart Broad after chasing a wide delivery for nought. Faf du Plessis played some good, attacking strokes from his end, but he soon saw his partner JP Duminy fall for 3 to off-spinner James Tredwell, as South Africa slipped to 63-5 after 17 overs. Tredwell struck again in his next over to remove the set Faf du Plessis for a 39-ball 26 as South Africa fell from 45-2 to 70-6 in less than eight overs.

Things went from bad to worse for the Proteas as Ryan McLaren was run out in the very next over by Jonathan Trott before Chirs Morris became James Tredwell's third wicket of the innings as he was caught behind for 3, with South Africa at 80-8 in the 23rd over. With South Africa's last recognized batsman, David Miller still at the crease, South Africa decided to take the Batting Powerplay as early as the 23rd over. David Miller struck the first ball of the Powerplay for a huge six, as South Africa scored 22 runs off the first three overs, and eventually 38 runs off their Batting Powerplay as South Africa reached 118-8 at the end of 28 overs with David Miller racing to a 29-ball 32.

South Africa's ninth wicket stand behind Miller and Kleinveldt reached fifty as South Africa reached 133-8 after 31 overs. The pair kept up the scoring rate and played attacking shots frequently as Miller reached his fifty in the 37th over of the innings off 45 balls and South Africa reached 170 in the 38th over of the innings. Stuart Broad though struck in his ninth over to first remove Kleinveldt for a 61-ball 43 to end a 95-run partnership, before removing last man Lonwabo Tsotsobe off the very next delivery as South Africa finished their innings on 175 all out after 38.4 overs.

England's openers came out in the afternoon to chase down the total of 175 but soon lost skipper Alastair Cook for 6 with England on 22-1 after 6.2 overs. Ian Bell fell shortly after for 20 in the 11th over, with England at 41-2. Number four batsman Joe Root joined skipper Alastair Cook and the two played sensibly as they took the England total closer to the target. Jonathan Trott brought up his fifty in the 26th over as the required run rate for England fell to under 2.60 runs/over. The 105-run third wicket partnership was finally broken in the 32nd over when part-timer JP Duminy cleaned up Joe Root for a 71-ball 48.  Eoin Morgan joined Trott and the two eased their way to the target as they scored the remaining 30 runs in about 6 overs.

The victory for England makes them the first team to qualify for the final of the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. England will face the winner of the India- Sri Lanka clash, at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham on Sunday.

Teams:

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

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

Mini Scorecard

South Africa 175 (38.4 overs, 4.52 runs/over)

D Miller 56* (51) J Tredwell 3-19 (7)

R Kleinveldt 43 (61) S Broad 3- 50 (8.4)

England 179-3 (37.3 overs, 4.77 runs/over)

J Trott 82* (84)  R Kleinveldt 1-10 (4)

J Root 48 (71)  JP Duminy 1-27( 5)

Result : England beat South Africa by 7 wickets