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England reaches semi-finals as South Africa crash out

After loosing the openers early Collingwood and Owais Shah put up good partnership of 163, followed by some outstanding hitting by Eoin Morgan

England reaches semi-finals as South Africa crash out - Cricket News
England Cricket Team celebrates during the ODI.
England moved into the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy and knocked South Africa out of the tournament after a 22-run win at Centurion.

After winning the toss and batting first, openers Andrew Strauss and Joe Denly fell in quick succession, before England's Owais Shah (98) and Paul Collingwood (82) added an outstanding third wicket partnership of 163.

Shah was particularly aggressive, hitting six sixes in his innings, some of which easily cleared the boundaries, with South Africa's usually reliable spinners unable to cope with his power hitting.

Eoin Morgan then came in and played one of the innings of the tournament, smashing 67 off just 34 balls, including five sixes, to help England to 323-8 which was the second highest total in the history of the competition.

In reply, Graeme Smith played one of the greatest innings of his career, making his highest ODI score of 141, but nobody else could join him in making a major contribution with James Anderson bowling an outstanding spell of 3-42, with Stuart Broad also claiming 3-67.

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