8th Match, Group B (D/N), Centurion, Sep 27 2009, ICC Champions Trophy
(50 ov, target 324)301/9
England won by 22 runs
player of the match
Owais Shah
end of over 5013 runs
SA: 301/9CRR: 6.02 
Wayne Parnell10 (10)
Dale Steyn17 (13)
Graham Onions7-0-52-0
Stuart Broad10-0-67-3

What a performance from England, outclassing South Africa today. Shah and Colingwood were impressive in the middle overs, and Morgan blasted England past 300. It was always going to be a tough target and despite Smith's stunning century South Africa ended well short and are out of the tournament. Sri Lanka are still in with a chance of making the final four, depending on the result of the England-New Zealand match.

If New Zealand beat England, they will make it, otherwise it they will be out because their net run-rate is below Sri Lanka's.

For everyone asking why South Africa are out, the have finished with a net run-rate less than Sri Lanka's, so they are eliminated irrespective of the result of the England-New Zealand game.

Post-match presentation:

Smith: "It's jugely disappointing, I think it's about giving your all, unfortunately we fell 22 runs short. Two of the games, we have given away over 300 runs, it's difficult to chase that much regularly. You have to give credit to the way England batted, anything around 300 we would have cruised in but 320 was a step too far.

"I wish I had a remedy, we've got the potential, there is no point giving excuses," he says about going out of another ICC tournament.

Strauss says that's the best he has seen England bat in an ODI. "The way Paul and Owais played the spinners was crucial, setting the platform for Morgan at the end. For the last 18 months, Anderson has been expceptional, and now he's learning to have a Plan B even when the ball isn't swinging. "

Owais Shah is the Man of the Match. "Can't wait for fielding practice tomorrow," he jokes. "I'd love to bat on this pitch everyday. It was a beautiful wicket to bat on."

That's it from us at Cricinfo today. Do join us tomorrow for the big game between India and Australia. Thanks for the many mails, good night.

Last words go to Matt, who mails in: "I'm South African. I'm sitting in Newark Airport in the US. I'm gutted."

Onions to Parnell, 5 runs

South Africa are knocked out of yet another tournament that they entered as favourites, driven off the front foot to covers for a single, there are four inconsequential overthrows as well, England march into the semi-finals

Onions to Steyn, 1 run

back of a length outside off, Steyn looks to smash that over midwicket, mistimes it towards cover

Onions to Parnell, 1 run

full ball again, flicked to deep square leg for a single

Onions to Steyn, 1 run

a full ball on middle and leg, Steyn force it towards mid-on

Onions to Steyn, FOUR runs

Steyn swings a length ball to the square leg boundary

Onions to Parnell, 1 run

full toss, driven towards long-on for a single

end of over 495 runs
SA: 288/9CRR: 5.87 RRR: 36.00 • Need 36 runs from 6b
Dale Steyn11 (10)
Wayne Parnell3 (7)
Stuart Broad10-0-67-3
James Anderson10-0-42-3
Broad to Steyn, no run

short and wide, Steyn looked to dab it to third man, misses the ball

Broad to Steyn, 1 wide

wide down the leg side

Broad to Parnell, 1 run

Parnell rocks back and swings the ball to long-on for a single

The cameras focus o a gloomy South African dressing room

Broad to Steyn, 1 run

Steyn's attempted shovel sends the ball towards extra cover

Broad to Steyn, no run

an everything-behind-it heave from Steyn connects only with air

Broad to Steyn, 2 runs

Steyn punches the ball over the bowler's head, crowd cheers this time

The bugle which regularly gets the crowd going sounds again, but to no responses

Broad to Steyn, no run

length ball outside off, Steyn wafts at it and misses