Jonathan Trott anchored the run-chase with an unbeaten innings of 82 © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

London: Jun 19, 2013

England have marched into the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 with a convincing seven-wicket victory over South Africa.

South Africa have faltered in yet another knock-out game as they were bowled out for 175. The England bowlers were on song and made full use of the conditions to outsmart the nervous looking Proteas batting line-up. Jonathan Trott then anchored the run-chase to seal a berth in the final.

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 Rory 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.

Robin Peterson and Faf du Plessis started rebuilding the innings. However, after Peterson’s dismissal, wickets fell like nine pins. From 45 for two, they collapsed to 80 for eight. James Tredwell had done most of the damage in the middle as he accounted for the wickets of Jean-Paul Duminy, du Plessis and Chris Morris.

It was left to the young David Miller to make the best of what was left. Rory Kleinveldt gave him good support as they started counter-attacking. Batting looked easy as they played their strokes. Miller even went past his fifty as South Africa overhauled the 150 mark.

Kleinveldt was also getting confident and it looked like he would get to his fifty. However, Stuart Broad came back to end the fighting 95 run stand as Kleinveldt gloved a short ball to the keeper. Lonwabo Tsotsobe was dismissed in similar fashion off the next ball as England wrapped South Africa for 15. Jos Buttler had a great day as he snapped six catches behind the stumps.

The target of 175 wasn’t a huge challenge for England as South Africa were missing Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. Chris Morris however troubled England as he dismissed Alastair Cook early. Ian Bell was also out caught behind by Kleinveldt as the Proteas felt they were in with a chance.

Trott strode out at number three and took control. He calmly dealt with the situation as Joe Root gave him good support at the other end. They were never really troubled and comfortably took England past the three figure mark. Trott got to his half century off 54 balls. Root fell on the cusp of his half-century.

There were no hiccups thereafter as Eoin Morgan and Trott finished the game with 12.3 overs to spare.

Brief scores:

South Africa 175 in 38.4 overs (David Miller 56*, Rory Kleinveldt 43; James Tredwell 3 for 19, Stuart Broad 3 for 50) lost to England 179 for 3 in 37.3 overs (Jonathan Trott  82*, Joe Root 48) by 7 wickets.

Man of the Match: James Tredwell

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