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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 April 2007, 20:16 GMT 21:16 UK
South Africa v England
Barbados, 17 April 2007

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Graeme Smith
Smith's innings saw off England in less than 20 overs
South Africa captain Graeme Smith hailed his side after they qualified for the World Cup semi-finals by thrashing England in Barbados.

Smith hit a brilliant 89 not out as South Africa cruised to their target of 155 with 30 overs remaining.

Smith said: "It has been tough for us at times in this tournament, and it was really important that we stood up here - and the guys did that.

"We know the sort of cricket we can play, and we produced it."

South Africa destroyed England with the ball, dismissing them for 154 after Andrew Hall took 5-18.

They are now likely to face Australia in the last four.

Smith said: "We were superb with the ball - to bowl them out for 150-odd was superb - and then we just finished them off with the bat.

"It's nice that we've got there with some momentum - semi-finals are always big games, and we'll have to be at our best.

"The atmosphere in the dressing room is really upbeat and positive. It is the South African dressing room that I am used to."

Man-of-the-match Hall paid tribute to his team-mates after the match.

He said: "The guys have adapted exceptionally well to the different conditions.

"It was very close to South African conditions - it was nice to run in and see the ball ping through for a bit.

"The guys are playing well. We spoke earlier in the tournament about peaking at right time, and hopefully from here we can take it on."

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