Jonathan Trott hit an unbeaten 82 off 84 balls as England beat South Africa by seven wickets to reach the Champions Trophy final as its seeks a first global title in cricket’s 50-over format.
Joe Root added 48, joining Trott in a 105-run third-wicket stand that helped lift England to 179-3 in the 38th over to pass South Africa’s 175 all out yesterday at the Oval in London. Man of the match James Tredwell earlier led the host nation’s bowlers with 3-19, while James Anderson took 2-14.
“That’s the performance you want in a semifinal,” England captain Alastair Cook said at the post-match presentation ceremony. “To win any tournament you need everyone to fire and we’ve got that so far.”
England, the Champions Trophy runner-up in 2004, will meet the winner of today’s second semifinal between India and Sri Lanka in the June 23 championship match of the eight-nation International Cricket Council event.
Top-ranked South Africa, which was sent in to bat yesterday, slumped to 80-8 before David Miller (56 not out) and Rory Kleinveldt (43) more than doubled the total with a ninth-wicket stand of 95.
Stuart Broad then dismissed Kleinveldt and Lonwabo Tsotsobe with consecutive balls, both caught behind, to end the innings with more than 11 overs to spare.
The Proteas had lost opening batsmen Colin Ingram and Hashim Amla within the first two overs. Wickets continued to fall with only Robin Peterson (30) and Faf du Plessis (26) making any impression. Broad finished with 3-50.
“We tried everything with the ball but it got pretty flat in the afternoon,” South Africa captain AB de Villiers said. “There are no excuses. We had the talent to win this tournament, we just didn’t play well enough.”
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