An impressive bowling performance powered England to the Champions Trophy summit clash as the hosts thrashed South Africa by seven wickets in the first semifinal. England have entered the final for the second time and will play the winners of the second semi-final between India and Sri Lanka on Thursday. (Scorecard)
Quotes after the match
Man of the Match James Tredwell: I just stuck to the basics. This wicket had a bit of help for the spinners. There was a bit of turn and bounce on this wicket. It is nice to play some games on the bounce. My strength has been to give the ball a bit more flight. When we snap up two quick wickets, it becomes a lot easier for the other bowlers. If (Graeme) Swann is fit for the final at Edgbaston, I can be left out but I do not want to be.
England captain Alastair Cook: It was a fantastic performance from us. (James) Anderson was outstanding. It is a tough one (Steyn vs Anderson), but I will say that Anderson is the best as he is my team-mate. There were other fine performances as well. (Jos) Buttler kept very well while (Jonathan) Trott batted superbly.
South Africa captain AB de Villiers: We did not play well. The England bowlers executed their plans well. We were under pressure right from the start. (David) Miller and (Rory) Kleinveldt batted really well. This was the hardest team selection that I had to make. It was unfortunate that Alviro Petersen did not play. (Colin) Ingram played well. The bowlers tried everything but we could not make the breakthrough. We had the talent to win this tournament but we are disappointed. We have played together as a team and lots of youngsters like Miller and Ingram chipped in.
21:30 (IST) England reach final after registering a 7-wicket win over South Africa (175) in semi-final at Oval. Jonathan Trott, who hit the winning boundary, remained unbeaten on 82 along with Eoin Morgan 15 not out.
21:05 (IST) Joe Root departs after playing a good knock of 48. JP Duminy gets the breakthrough but a bit too late. This also brings an end to a 105-run stand between him and Trott. England 146/3 (32 overs), need 30 more to win.
20:40 (IST) Jonathan Trott scores his 22nd half-century in ODIs. He and Joe Root have also added over 50 runs to their partnership for the third wicket. England 114 for 2 after 26 overs.
20:00 (IST) England are well in control despite losing two early wickets. Jonathan Trott and Joe Root are at the crease. England 61/2 after 17 overs. SA 175 all-out.
19:40 (IST) Jos Buttler has become the seventh wicketkeeper to effect six dismissals in an ODI and the third from England to achieve the feat, during their ICC Champions Trophy semifinal against South Africa. All his dismissals came in the form of catches at the Kennington Oval.Read more
19:34 (IST) England openers are back in hut. Rory Kleinveldt removes Ian Bell for 20. Bell tries to work it down to third man but ends up edging it to AB de Villiers behind the stumps. England 41/2 after 11 overs. SA 175 all-out.
19:12 (IST) Chris Morris strikes early blow and it's Alastair Cook who walks back to the pavilion. Cook (6) c AB de Villiers b Morris, edges to keeper. England 22/1 after 6.2 overs. SA 175 all-out. (In pic: Jos Buttler)
18:51 (IST) It's all new bowling attack for South Africa. Chris Morris opens the bowling attack. England 2 for no loss after 1 over. SA 175 all-out.
18:04 (IST) South Africa all-out for 175 against England at the Oval. David Miller top scores for the Proteas with 56 not out and was ably supported by Rory Kleinveldt, who scored 43. Three wickets apiece for England bowlers James Tredwell and Stuart Broad. James Anderson chips in with two wickets.
18:01 (IST) Rory Kleinveldt (43) c Buttler b Broad, edges to keeper. SA 175/9 (38.3 overs). That brings an end to a 95-run stand.
17:54 (IST) David Miller scores his fourth half-century in the ODIs. SA 166/8 after 36.4 overs.
17:44 (IST) South Africa continue to fight back. David Miller and Rory Kleinveldt have added 72 runs for the 9th wicket. SA 152/8 after 35 overs.
17:31 (IST) A fifty-run partnership between David Miller and Rory Kleinveldt comes up for South Africa. SA 133/8 after 31 overs.
17:18 (IST) South Africa score 38 runs in the batting Powerplay (24-28 overs). Partnership between David Miller and Rory Kleinveldt grows to 38 runs. SA 118 for 8 after 28 overs.
16:50 (IST) Jos Buttler and James Tredwell combination is working very well for England. Buttler takes his fourth catch as Chris Morris (3) edges James Tredwell. SA 80/8 (22.3 overs).
16:42 (IST) Ryan McLaren (1) dances down the track and ball hits his pad and flies off to first slip. Jonathan Trott was alert as he delivers an underarm throw at striker's end. McLaren too slow to get back in time. SA 70/7 (20.2 overs).
16:32 (IST) South Africa are in all sorts of trouble. Jos Buttler talkes a sharp catch behind the stumps to dismiss Faf du Plessis for 26. James Tredwell gets his second. SA 70/6 (18.4 overs).
16:21 (IST) Another one bites the dust. JP Duminy, who was struggling to find his feet on the ground, played on by James Tredwell after scoring 3 runs. SA 63/5 (16.5 overs).
16:05 (IST) South Africa are in a serious trouble here. Skipper AB de Villiers gets an under edge to keeper Jos Buttler off Stuart Broad. SA 50/4 (13.4 overs).
15:52 (IST) James Anderson bags his second. Robin Peterson (30) out leg before wicket. That also brings an end of a 41-run stand between between him and Faf du Plessis. SA 45/3 (10.5 overs).
15:41 (IST) Robin Peterson living dangerously. He was dropped on 25 by Ian Bell, a tough chance though, at extra cover off Stuart Broad. South Africa 38 for 2 after 9 overs.
15:26 (IST) England in the tournament so far: Won against Australia by 48 runs, lost to Sri Lanka by 7 wickets, won against New Zealand by 10 runs.
South Africa in the tournament so far: Lost to India by 26 runs, won against Pakistan by 67 runs, tied with West Indies (D/L method).
15: 11 (IST) Poor poor start by South Africa. The Proteas lose Hashim Amla who tries to leave a moving delivery but gets a feather edge to keeper. Steve Finn finds success on this occasion. Amla (1) c Jos Buttler b Finn. SA 4/2 (1.4 overs).
15: 05 (IST) James Anderson sets the tone for England. Colin Ingram departs without scoring. South Africa 2/1 after 1 over.
14.47 (IST) England XI: Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, James Tredwell, Steven Finn.
South Africa XI: Colin Ingram, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Robin Peterson, Chris Morris, Rory Kleinveldt, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
14: 31 (IST) England opt to bowl against South Africa in the 1st semi-final at The Oval. Graeme Swann misses out due to injury and Tim Bresnan sits out of this game.
14:13 (IST) Dale Steyn has failed a fitness test and will miss the game.
13:45 (IST) Prior to the game, South Africa skipper AB de Villiers began the mind games by claiming that England 'seem to reverse-swing the ball more than others'. England have been rocked recently by accusations of ball-tampering.
13:30 (IST) In some good news after a few rain-affected games, the sun is out at The Oval. The English have arrived at the venue for their warm-up drills, with some players sporting sunglasses.
13:00 (IST) The main threat for England at this venue will be Hashim Amla. Last year, albeit in Test whites, the opener amassed amasssed 311 in the first Test that won South Africa the series. "He's a fantastic player but all players are vulnerable early. If he gets in it's a danger for us," said Alastair Cook in reference to Amla.
South Africa travel to London for the first time in this tournament. They have lost on the previous 4 occassions at this venue. England have the upperhand in home conditions as well, leading the Proteas 12-7 in ODIs. (Read full preview)