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England – Road to the final

Zia Rana June 20, 2013

The determined Englishmen have performed excellently in the on-going 2013 ICC champions Trophy and their team has already registered their place in the final.

The hosts led by Alastair Cook, won two out of their three encounters and beat South Africa convincingly in the semi-final. The team has shown an all-round performance in all three matches they have won so far. The home batsmen have provided a solid base for their bowlers while batting first and made things look easy while chasing the target. The bowlers have come up to the required expectations and did not let their side down in the games played so far.

Below, we will highlight the performance of England on their way to the final of the tournament.

1-     Vs. Australia at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on June 8, 2013.

Scores

England – 6-269, Ian Bell 91 (115b 7×4), Ravi Bopara 46* (37b 3×4 1×6), Jonathan Trott 43 (56b 1×4), Clint McKay 2-38, James Faulkner 2-48.

Australia – 9-221, George Bailey 55(69b 2×4), James Faulkner 54 (42b 5×4 1×6), Phillip Hughes 30 (55b 3×4), James Anderson 3-30, Tim Bresnan 2-45.

Player of the match – Ian Bell (England)

Result – England won by 48 runs.

Alastair Cook - Leading from the front

Alastair Cook – Leading from the front

2-     Vs. Sri Lanka at Kennington Oval, on June 13, 2013.

Scores

England – 7-293, Jonathan Trott 76 (87b 5×4), Joe Root 68 (55b 5×4), Alastair Cook 59 (85b 3×4), Rangana Herath 2-46, Lasith Malinga 2-58.

Sri Lanka – 3-297, Kumar Sangakkara 134*(135b 12×4), Nuwan Kulasekara 58* (38b 5×4 3×6), Tillakaratne Dilshan 44 (56b 3×4 1×6), James Anderson 2-51, Graeme Swann 1-50.

Player of the match – Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)

Result – Sri Lanka won by seven wickets

3-     Vs. New Zealand at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, on June 16, 2013.

Scores

England – 169 all out in 23.3 overs (24 overs game), Alastair Cook 64 (47b 4×4 2×6), Joe Root 38 (40b 2×4 1×6), Kyle Mills 4-30, Mitchell McClenaghan 3-36

New Zealand – 8-159 in 24 overs, Kane Williamson 67 (54b, 8×4 1×6), Corey Anderson 30 (24b 2×4 1×6), James Anderson 3-32, Ravi Bopara 2-26

Player of the match – Alastair Cook (England)

Result – England won by 10 runs.

 Semi-final vs. South Africa at Kennington Oval, on June 19, 2013.

Toss – England

Scores

South Africa – 175 all out in 38.4 overs, David Miller 56* (51b 5×4 2×6), Rory Klienveldt 43 (61b 4×4 1×6), Robin Peterson 30 (41b 4×4), James Tredwell 3-19, Stuart Broad 3-50.

England – 3-179 in 37.3 overs, Jonathan Trott 82* (84b 11×4), Joe Root 48 (71b 7×4), Ian Bell 20 (30b 2×4), Rory Klienveldt 1-10, Jean-Paul-Duminy 1-27.

Player of the match – James Tredwell (England)

Result – England won by seven wickets.

The English team is a charged up unit and will try to continue with their present form in the final to enable themselves to win the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time. The final of the event will be held on June 23, 2013, at Edgbaston, Birmingham, and the second finalist will be decided after the semi-final between India and Sri Lanka on June 20, 2013, at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

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