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England v South Africa: The Stats

Before the first semi-final between England v South Africa, here are a few stats

England v South Africa: The Stats - Cricket News
AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla are on 1st and 2nd spot respectively in the world ODI batting rankings.
England and South Africa have met 50 times in ODI cricket with South Africa winning 25 matches and England 21 with one tie and three no-results. They have met three times in the ICC Champions Trophy with South Africa leading 2-1. 

It won by six wickets at Dhaka in 1998 and by eight wickets at Nairobi in 2000. 

England won by 22 runs at Centurion in 2009. South Africa won the tournament in 1998. 

England reached the final in 2004. The only previous major semi-final meeting between the sides was in ICC Cricket World Cup 1992, when England prevailed in the rain by 19 runs.  

Lie of the Land  
England has played 39 ODIs at the Oval with 22 wins and 16 defeats with one no-result. 

South Africa has played six games at the venue, winning two and losing four. 47 day ODIs have been played at the ground. 17 been won batting first and 29 batting second with one no-result. In those 47 matches, 15 captains won the toss and chose to bat and 32 chose to bowl. The average first innings score is 243.  

Recent ODI form  
England has played 14 ODIs so far in 2013, winning seven and losing seven. 

It beat Australia by 48 runs at Edgbaston, lost to Sri Lanka by seven wickets at The Oval, and beat New Zealand by 10 runs at Cardiff to finish top of Group A. South Africa has played 12 ODIs so far in 2013, winning six and losing five with one tie. 

It lost to India by 26 runs at Cardiff, beat Pakistan by 67 runs at Birmingham and tied with the West Indies at Cardiff to finish second in Group B.  

Upcoming milestones  
The fifth delivery of the 91st over of the match will be he 50,000th to be bowled in ICC Champions Trophy history.  

Reliance ICC Rankings News  
England needs to win to stay second in the Reliance ICC One-Day International Championship. 

Lose and it will fall to fourth place. 

Victory for South Africa would move it up to second place, whereas defeat will leave it in fourth.

Jonathan Trott is England’s highest-rated batsman in fifth place.  He averages more than 50 in both Test and ODI cricket.

Alastair Cook is not far behind him at number eight, but he has gone 23 matches without a century. Ian Bell averages 54.55 in his last ten matches to sit 18th, and Joe Root is already up to a career-best 35th with 574 points.

Steven Finn is joint-second among the bowlers, with James Anderson at number five thanks to 26 wickets at 16.53 in his last 11 matches. 

Graeme Swann has struggled since the start of 2012, with just 14 wickets at 42.78 in 15 matches, whereas James Tredwell has 22 wickets at 21.18 in the same period.

AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla are first and second in the world batting rankings.  De Villiers averages 73.94 with ten centuries since the start of 2010 and Amla already has 31 scores of fifty or more in 70 ODI innings.

Faf du Plessis is at a career-best position of 43rd after scores of 45, 62 not out, 30, 28 and 35 in his last five innings.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe is the Proteas’ leading bowler – currently ranked seventh, with Dale Steyn 13th.

Ryan McLaren has eight wickets in the tournament so far, and 26 at 19.76 in his last 12 matches.

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