England defy Smith to reach semis: ICC Champions Trophy (Centurion)

England's bowlers held their nerve in the face of a supremely gutsy 141 from their habitual nemesis Graeme Smith to steer their side into the Champions Trophy semifinal with a game to spare thanks to a thrilling 22run victory over the hosts South Africa in Centurion. Chasing a hefty 324 after a pair of exceptional innings from Owais Shah and Eoin Morgan Smith forced England to battle every step of the way and at 206 for 3 with 14 overs to go a crushing reversal was not out of the question. However James Anderson put the game safe with the nerveless figures of 3 for 42 in ten overs and when Smith himself was ninth man out with 19 balls remaining South Africa had to face up once more to the ignominy of exiting a global tournament on home soil at the very first hurdle.

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