BIRMINGHAM, England, (Reuters) – India held their nerve to beat England by five runs in a tense finish to a rain-disrupted Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston today.
In a match reduced to 20 overs a side, a fifth-wicket partnership of 64 between Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara put England in sight of a victory target of 130 and their first major 50-over trophy.
But the pair fell to successive deliveries by Ishant Sharma and England’s lower order crumbled as the hosts finished on 124 for eight.
Miserly bowling by Bopara and James Tredwell helped England restrict India to 129 for seven after the start of play had been delayed by nearly six hours due to persistent rain.
Virat Kohli top-scored with 43 and Shikhar Dhawan, the tournament’s leading run-scorer, made a breezy 31 but India were never able to dominate a disciplined England attack.
Rohit Sharma was bowled by Stuart Broad for nine and Dhawan mis-timed a drive in Bopara’s first over and was caught by Tredwell at mid-off.
Dinesh Karthik skied a catch off Tredwell and Bopara struck twice in his third over, getting Suresh Raina caught by Alastair Cook at mid-on and dangerman MS Dhoni well taken by Tredwell on the third man boundary.
Bopara completed excellent figures of three for 20 but Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja took 30 runs off the next three overs and Kohli, badly dropped by Jonathan Trott, launched Broad for a massive six over square leg.
Kohli skied James Anderson to long off but Jadeja finished unbeaten on 33 after clouting Tim Bresnan for another six in the final over of the innings.
England lost wickets steadily at the start of their reply.
Cook fell for two, edging a catch to first slip off Umesh Yadav, Trott made a fluent 20 off 17 balls before being stumped by Dhoni off Ravichandran Ashwin and Joe Root pulled the same bowler straight to long leg.
Ian Bell’s laborious innings of 13 ended when he was controversially given out by the third umpire, stumped by Dhoni off Jadeja.
England were in deep trouble at 46 for four, bamboozled by the prodigious turn of Ashwin, Jadeja and Raina.
Morgan and Bopara brought up their 50 partnership off 47 balls and at 110 for four with three overs left the hosts were scenting victory.
But Morgan, on 33, spooned Sharma to mid-wicket and Bopara pulled his next ball straight to backward square leg.
Jos Buttler was bowled by Jadeja’s first ball and Bresnan was run out in a mix-up with Broad.
England needed 15 for victory from the final over and six off the last ball.
Tredwell missed with a wild heave at Ashwin and the Indian players were left to celebrate a famous victory.
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 1
B.Kumar not out 1
Extras (w-4) 4
Total (for seven wickets, 20 overs) 129
Did not bat: I.Sharma, U.Yadav.
Fall of wickets: 1-19 2-50 3-64 4-66 5-66 6-113 7-119
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 2
S.Broad not out 7
J.Tredwell not out 5
Extras (lb-1, w-4) 5
Total (for eight wickets, 20 overs) 124
Did not bat: J.Anderson
Fall of wickets: 1-3 2-28 3-40 4-46 5-110 6-110 7-112 8-113
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.
England won the toss and chose to field
Result: India win by five runs