Cricket: Miller, Kleinveldt rescue South Africa

LONDON (AFP) - David Miller and Rory Kleinveldt smashed a record ninth-wicket stand to lift South Africa to 175 in the Champions Trophy semi-final against England at the Oval on Wednesday.

Miller hit an unbeaten 56 and Kleinveldt chipped in with a career-best 43 during a 95-run partnership after South Africa were reduced to 80-8 in the 23rd over.

The stand was South Africa's highest for the ninth wicket, surpassing the 65 put on by Wayne Parnell and Dale Steyn against India in Jaipur 2010.

Miller, who rose to fame with a 38-ball century in the Indian Premier League this year, smashed five boundaries and two sixes.

Kleinveldt, replacing the unfit Steyn, hit a six and four fours, as the pair prevented a total collapse after England won the toss and elected to field in overcast conditions.

Seamer Stuart Broad and off-spinner James Tredwell claimed three wickets each and James Anderson took two for 14 in eight overs.

Wicket-keeper Jos Buttler held six catches in an impressive display by the hosts in front of 25,000 fans at the Oval.

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