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England in CT final

England in CT final
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Bowlers make merry, South Africans 'choke' yet again London (PTI) : An impressive bowling performance powered England to the Champions Trophy summit...

Bowlers make merry, South Africans 'choke' yet again

London (PTI) : An impressive bowling performance powered England to the Champions Trophy summit clash as the hosts thrashed South Africa by seven wickets in the first semifinal, here on Wednesday. The hosts bundled out South Africa for a meagre 175 after inserting them in to bat and then comfortably overhauled the target with 12.3 overs to spare.

Such was the domination of the England bowlers that AB de Villiers and Co found it difficult to buck the trend of faltering in major ICC tournaments. It was complete team effort by England as all the bowlers played a part in demolishing the South African top and middle batting order. England had their rivals on the mat as they had reduced them to 80 for 8 at one stage and Proteas owed their recovery to some gritty batting by David Miller (56), who in the company of tail-ender Rory Kleinveldt (43) added 95 runs for the ninth wicket in 16 overs. James Anderson (2/14) and Steven Finn (1/45) excelled with the two new balls and were duly complemented by Stuart Broad (3/50) and off-spinner James Tredwell, (3/19).

England lost their openers early but Jonathan Trott (82 not out) and Joe Root (48) batted with clam and assurance to lead the hosts to the finish line. They shared a 105-run stand for the third wicket. Trott paced innings well as he batted cautiously initially and started playing strokes once it was sure that England had reached a safe position.

It is second time that England have qualified for the Champions Trophy final. The last time they featured in the final was in 2004. That time also they had hosted the event and ended runners-up to the West Indies. England will now play the winner of Thursday's semifinal between India and Sri Lanka in the summit clash.

Brief scores: South Africa 175 all out (David Miller 56no, Rory Kleinveldt 43, James Tredwell 3/19) lost to England 179 for 3 in 37.3 overs (Jonathan Trott 82no, Joe Root 48, R Kleinveldt 1/10).

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