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James Anderson started things off by dismissing Colin Ingram in the first over © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

London: Jun 19, 2013

On the big stage, South Africa have faltered yet again as they were bundled out for 175 by England in the first semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 at The Oval, London. England bowlers were on song and made full use of the conditions to outsmart the nervous looking Proteas batting line-up. They could have had them all-out much earlier had Rory Kleinveldt and David Miller not put up a fighting partnership

England won the toss and put South Africa in. The hosts made one change to their side as Steven Finn came in for Tim Bresnan. South Africa were forced to make a change as Dale Steyn was ruled out and Kleindveldt came in his place.

England bowlers vindicated their captain’s decision as they had South Africa in all sorts of trouble with the moving ball. Colin Ingram was trapped leg before in the first over by James Anderson. Hashim Amla followed soon as he couldn’t get the bat out in time and Finn had him caught behind in the second over.

In an attempt to pump life, South Africa sent Robin Peterson at number three. He did fight along with Faf du Plessis and it looked like they were getting into their stride. However, Anderson trapped him in front with the score on 45. England were in complete command as AB de Villiers fell without scoring as Broad induced an edge to the wicket-keeper Jos Buttler.

It was nervous going for South Africa as Jean-Paul Duminy was adjudged leg-before off the first ball he faced. He immediately called for the review which showed it had pitched outside leg. Duminy survived another shout in the next over as England did not review. However, his charmed life was short lived as James Tredwell bowled him as South Africa lost half their side with only 63 on the board.

Tredwell wasn’t done there as he snared the dangerous du Plessis in the 19th over. The off-spinner kept troubling the South Africans as they looked tentative to him. Trying to put pressure on the bowler, Ryan McClaren charged to him, but the ball flicked his pad and went to first-slip. Jonathan Trott was quick to shoot at the stumps to find McLaren short. Chris Morris too didn’t last long.

There was some semblance of a fight with David Miller in the centre. He was proactive at the crease and also managed to hit a few sixes. Kleinveldt gave him good support with a gritty display.

As the innings progressed, both Miller and Kleindveldt started feeling more confident. They then took the attack to England and scored at a very good rate. Miller got to his fifty off only 45 balls as South Africa went past the 150 mark. Kleinveldt outstripped his previous best and was approaching his fifty as well.

That fight now started frustrating England as the South African batsmen started dominating proceedings. However, Broad dismissed Kleinveldt for 43 as he gloved a short delivery. A fighting 95 run partnership came to an end as England breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe was dismissed in similar fashion off the next ball. Buttler, finished with six catches behind the stumps, which equals the record for One-Day Internationals.

Brief Scores:

South Africa 175 in 38.4 overs (David Miller 56*, Rory Kleidveldt 43; James Tredwell 3 for 19, Stuart Broad 3 for 50) vs England.

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