South Africa choke once again and England advance to Champions Trophy final

By Saurabh Sahni on Jun 24, 2013 | Champions Trophy 2013
The first semi-final of the 2013 Champions Trophy was devoid of much competition and more of a one sided contest as England registered a comprehensive win over their South African counterparts to reach the final of the event. South Africa was first to bat and even before the match commenced the South African team was rendered half strength by the unavailability of their pace spearhead Dale Steyn. South Africa had the opportunity to get rid of the big tournament ‘chokers’ tag. However, they did exactly the reverse.

The batting line of the South African team choked big time and the team score was reduced to 83 for the loss of 7 wickets by spectacular bowling display from the English side, headed ably by James Anderson. Had it not been for some daredevil partnership between David Miller and Kleinveldt, South African bowlers would not have even got the score of 175 runs to defend. England took to the chase without much intimidation from South African bowlers.

Despite of the absence of Dale Steyn, South African bowlers did well to take two wickets pretty early, including the English Captain Alastair Cook. However, Jonathan Trott scored a quick paced unbeaten 82 and strung up a century stand with Joe Root. Root failed to register what could have been a well deserved half century. England, with their 7 wicket win, has now reached the final of the tournament and has just one match in between them and the last title of ICC Champions Trophy.
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