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India beat England by five runs to win the Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston

With the contest reduced to 20 overs due to rain, India posted a challenging 129 for 7 and restricted England to 124 for 8

  • By KR Nayar, Chief Cricket Writer
  • Published: 23:51 June 23, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: AFP
  • The Indian cricket team celebrates with trophy following victory in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy Final cricket match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England on 23, June 2013.
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Birmingham: India crowned themselves as the new champions of the Champions Trophy in style conquering hosts England by five runs at the Edgbaston stadium. 

They stamped their authority as the reigning world champions and proved that they are unbeatable in the 50-over format of the game.  They pocketed the prize money of $2 million and shattered England’s dream of winning a 50-over global tournament after 38 years of wait.

With the contest reduced to 20 overs due to rain, India posted a challenging 129 for 7 and restricted England to 124 for 8 despite a spirited chase through Ravi Bopara (30) and Eoin Morgan (33). They had put on a fighting 64 runs partnership for the fifth wicket.

India’s new rising stars Virat Kohli (43) and Shikhar Dhawan (31) and Ravindra Jadeja (33n.o) had helped India post the challenging total.  England chasing a run rate of 6.45 crashed under pressure with Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma picking two wickets each.

Jadeja was adjudged the man of the match for his all-round display.

England lost their skipper Alastair Cook to the fifth ball of the second over. Umesh Yadav made Cook attempt a late cut but landed up being caught by Ravichandran Ashwin at slip for 2.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni introduced his spinners from the fifth over. Strike bowler Jadeja bowled his first over for just three runs and Ashwin, who bowled the sixth over had Jonathan Trott stumped for 20. Ashwin also had Joe Root top edge to Ishant Sharma for 7 after a nine ball stay.

In the ninth over from Jadeja, Dhoni produced a lighting stumping to dismiss Ian Bell for 13 and England slipped to 46 for 4.

With required run rate mounting to 7. 63, Ravi Bopara joined Eoin Morgan. Ashwin went on to bowl a maiden over to Morgan.  Bopara pulled Sharma for a huge six over mid-wicket and Morgan too picked the gaps well.  Through yet another splendid pull to mid-wicket for a six off Jadeja, Bopara recorded the 50 runs partnership. From the 15th 16th and 17th overs England picked 31 runs to inch closer to the India total.

Three overs to go and England needing 28 runs, Morgan effortlessly pulled Sharma for a six but fell in the same over caught by Ashwin at mid-wicket for 33 runs. With the next ball Sharma removed the dangerous Bopara too.  England lost four wickets for three runs in eight balls to crash to a stage of needing 15 runs to win off the last over with two wickets in hand.  Ashwin gave away just nine runs in the last over.

Earlier, Kohli, Dhawan and Jadeja lifted India out of trouble after Ravi Bopara had reduced India to 66 for 5 through a three wicket spell. With sinister black clouds hanging around the stadium India’s inform openers Dhawan and Rohit Sharma began confidently by taking quick singles. Stuart Broad struck by clean bowling Sharma for 9 in the fourth over with a delivery that seamed back. 

Dhawan’s 24 ball knock contained two boundaries and one six.  Dhawan’s departure dipped the run rate but Kohli took charge and played a superb knock.  Though Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni got out for a duck caught at third man by Tredwell, Jadeja played some lovely shots to ensure a fighting total.

Final scoreboard

R. Sharma b Broad 9
S. Dhawan c Tredwell b Bopara 31
V. Kohli c Bopara b Anderson 43
D. Karthik c Morgan b Tredwell 6
S. Raina c Cook b Bopara 1
MS Dhoni c Tredwell b Bopara 0
R. Jadeja not out 33
R. Ashwin run out (Bell) 1
B. Kumar not out 1
Extras (w4) 4
Total (7 wkts, 20 overs) 129
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (R Sharma), 2-50 (Dhawan), 3-64 (Karthik), 4-66 (Raina), 5-66 (Dhoni), 6-113 (Kohli), 7-119 (Ashwin)
Did not bat: I Sharma, U Yadav
Bowling: Anderson 4-0-24-1; Broad 4-0-26-1; Bresnan 4-0-34-0 (3w); Tredwell 4-0-25-1; Bopara 4-1-20-3 (1w);

A. Cook c Ashwin b Yadav 2
I. Bell st Dhoni b Jadeja 13
J. Trott st Dhoni b Ashwin 20
J. Root c I Sharma b Ashwin 7
E. Morgan c Ashwin b I Sharma 33
R. Bopara c Ashwin b I Sharma 30
J. Buttler b Jadeja 0
T. Bresnan run out (R Sharma) 2
S. Broad not out 7
J. Tredwell not out 5
Extras (lb1, w4) 5
Total (8 wkts, 20 overs) 124
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Cook), 2-28 (Trott), 3-40 (Root), 4-46 (Bell), 5-110 (Morgan), 6-110 (Bopara), 7-112 (Buttler), 8-113 (Bresnan)
Did not bat: J Anderson
Bowling: Kumar 3-0-19-0; Yadav 2-0-10-1; Jadeja 4-0-24-2; Ashwin 4-1-15-2 (2w); I Sharma 4-0-36-2 (2w); Raina 3-0-19-0

Result: India won by five runs
Man-of-the-match: Ravindra Jadeja (IND)
Note: Match reduced to 20 overs per side by rain

Toss: England
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI) and Rod Tucker (AUS)
TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

Comments (8)

  1. Added 15:01 June 24, 2013

    India had participated in this tournament with a few new young lads and looked like they were all skilled and ready to perform and of course they proved it. It slighlty recollects the 1983 World Cup winning team since in that team too there were a lot of match winners and all rounders. Anyone can perform on the given day and the team effort was clearly there in both the sides. Dhoni was wonderfull and can have a great biography of his own.

    Raghuraman, bangalore, India

  2. Added 14:24 June 24, 2013

    Team India congratulations. Team work helped you get this cup. I wish them the best of luck in future games. Regards CJP Tauro Dubai, UAE

    CJP TAURO, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:31 June 24, 2013

    People all over India and those who are abroad are still jumping & screaming. we really want to congratulate each & every team member,coach & support staff.

    shihab paluvai, abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 12:21 June 24, 2013

    I believe the prize money for the winner is $2 million, not $200,000 as mentioned in the article. By the way, India played like real champions and asserted their number one team tag in 50 overs format by winning the tournament in grand style with 7 wins in a row in the tournament, MSD is the best cricket captain I have ever seen.

    Shiva, Mumbai, India

  5. Added 11:25 June 24, 2013

    Cogratulations Team India. They truly deserved to win. Hard luck for Pakistan, but we hope to see them at their best soon.

    Malik, Lahore, Pakistan

  6. Added 10:42 June 24, 2013

    Truly deserving champs. The boys had really worked hard and the effort showed in their performance throughout. Kudos to team India for winning T 20, world cup and now the champions trophy.way to go! team india is the best

    Chiradeep Sen, Mumbai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 10:42 June 24, 2013

    During yesterday's game Dhoni was as cool as the rainy day. One hoarding of a spectator aptly read "..Captain Cool Vs Captain Cook...". He kept his cool and changed the bowlers in such a way that put enormous pressure on the batting side of England and put together in 8 overs, Ashwin & Jadeja gave away just about 30 runs with 4 wickets ensured India's win over England. They collapsed under their own weight and tail enders of England team were only merely spectators of spin attack. Well done Dhoni & team especially for excelling in all three departments of batting, bowling and fielding which was worth waiting of the crowd in the ground. Keep the same spirit in the ensuing Tri-nation cup with India-West Indies-Srilanka series.

    Ramani Rajan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 09:22 June 24, 2013

    Wonderful match with heavy rain..Congrats Team

    Raveendar, Chennai, India

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