Wednesday, 19 June 2013, 05:59pm
England coast into final
Alastair Cook's men therefore have the opportunity to rewrite English cricket history at Edgbaston on Sunday, against either India or Sri Lanka, by becoming the first from this country to win a one-day international global trophy.
South Africa were bowled out for only 175 on a batsman's pitch, with James Anderson beginning the process with an exemplary new-ball spell of 7-1-11-2 and James Tredwell (three for 19) and eventually also Stuart Broad (three for 50) cashing in on their opponents' woes. In reply, Jonathan Trott (82 not out) was in his element as England confirmed their progression with more than 12 overs to spare.
Only Robin Peterson (30) and Faf du Plessis (26) had hinted at a worthwhile top-order recovery for South Africa after Cook won the toss and then Anderson and Steven Finn removed both openers for a single between them.
Robin Peterson and Du Plessis put on 41 for the third wicket. But after the next five fell for 31 runs, South Africa appeared in fast and terminal decline.
David Miller (56no) and number 10 Rory Kleinveldt (43) then frustrated England with a partnership of 95 for the ninth wicket before Broad returned to have Kleinveldt caught by a diving Jos Buttler down the leg-side.
Lonwabo Tsotsobe also edged his first ball from Broad behind to give England's wicketkeeper a world record-equalling six victims in the innings.
South Africa were dismissed in the 39th over and despite some late resistance from Miller and Kleinveldt the match was England's to lose. They never looked in the remotest danger of doing so, even after losing Cook early - edging a pull behind off the bowling of Chris Morris.
Ian Bell was also gone before 50 was on the board, edging behind on the back foot in third-change Kleinveldt's first over. But Trott, who would have been run out for 12 with a direct hit from JP Duminy at midwicket, and Joe Root (48) settled any semblance of home nerves in an unhurried century stand.
Root missed out on a half-century when he was bowled by Duminy, but Eoin Morgan (15no) and Trott got England over the line in the 38th over.
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Jonathan Trott, right, top scored with an unbeaten 82 as England made light work of South Africa