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Plays of the day from England and South Afirca's Champions Trophy semi-final
George Dobell and Jarrod Kimber at The Oval
June 19, 2013
The Stands : England rains, India reigns
The Stands : The carrom ball of the century
Report : Dominant England cruise into final
The Stands : In which Trott got compared to Viv
Matches: England v South Africa at The Oval
Series/Tournaments: ICC Champions Trophy
Selection of the day
The selection of James Tredwell and his subsequent success raised an interesting question for England. Graeme Swann believed he was fit enough to play but the England management, keen not to risk him ahead of the Ashes, left him out to avoid any chance of his calf strain becoming a tear and compromising his availability. Bearing in mind how well Tredwell fared, though, it does raise the question of who will win selection for the final if both men are fully fit.
Stumping of the day
If you bowl a brilliant offbreak, beat the bat, the ball hits the pad and goes to slip and slip takes off the bails as the batsman is stranded down the wicket, the dismissal is recorded as a run-out. Even though the batsman was not attempting a run and, had the exact same thing happened and a wicketkeeper taken off the bails, it would have been a stumping and the bowler would have been credited with a well-deserved wicket. But that's what happened to Tredwell, after a smart bit of fielding from Jonathan Trott.
Drop of the day
If South Africa were to have any chance of clawing their way back into this game, they had to take every chance offered to them in the field. As it was, though, Joe Root was on 16 when he was beaten by one from Chris Morris only to see his inside edge evade the diving AB de Villiers behind the stumps. England would have been 92 for 3 had it been taken.
Catch of the day
Jos Buttler is still learning his trade as a keeper but he produced an outstanding performance in this game to underline his improvement and potential. He claimed six catches in all - equalling the record for a keeper in ODIs, the third Englishman to do so alongside Matt Prior and Alec Stewart - with the best of them an outstanding, diving catch down the leg side to dismiss Rory Kleinveldt.
Set-up of the day
When Steven Finn was taken off after three overs and Stuart Broad's first two overs were expensive, it seemed South Africa might fight their way back into the game. But then James Anderson came around the wicket to Robin Peterson. Four straight outswingers that landed within a few inches of each other set Petersen up; the straight one that followed dismissed him. It precipitated a decline that saw South Africa collapse from 45 for 2 to 80 for 8.
Delivery of the day
Like R Ashwin, Robert Croft and Saeed Ajmal, Tim Bresnan's wife, Hannah, appears to have mastered the art of pausing just before delivery. Bresnan missed training on Tuesday in order to spend time with his wife, with the England management having arranged a driver to take him back to The Oval in time for the game. The baby appeared as hard to get out as Jonathan Trott but, shortly after England's victory, the birth of Max Geoffrey Bresnan was confirmed.
Lap of the day
The break between innings allowed the Cricketeers, the volunteers who have done so much to make the Champions Trophy such a success, the chance to take a lap of honour around the boundary at The Oval's playing surface. Around 2,600 people volunteered to help with this tournament, with 800 selected to help supporters with directions to and around the ground, to support the media and to fulfil a multitude of other tasks that aid spectators' enjoyment of the games. Immediately recognisable with their red shirts and over-sized foam fingers, they have been cheerful and willing, with the idea considered such a success that it will be repeated to help with the Ashes.
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