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India hold nerve to sink England in rainy final

Updated Jun 24, 2013 01:14am


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Indian captain Mahendra Sing Dhoni (L) and teammate Dinesh Karthik (R) celebrate victory. - Photo by AFP
Indian captain Mahendra Sing Dhoni (L) and teammate Dinesh Karthik (R) celebrate victory. - Photo by AFP

BIRMINGHAM: India held their nerve to beat England by five runs in a tense finish to a rain-disrupted Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston on Sunday.

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.


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Torontonian Desi Jun 23, 2013 05:19pm

India has the more capable side, so maybe a joint victory might be a lucky break for England. I just dont see Tim Bresnan and James Anderson posing too much trouble for the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Karthik, Kohli and Dhoni, even in seaming conditions. But a joint victory also might not be too bad a result, considering both teams played so well throughout the tournament to get to the final, so both of them deserve to win. It might not be a result the fans want, but I dont really think it would be unfair either. In any case, hats off to both of them.

Vairamuthu Jun 24, 2013 12:41am

Congratulations Team India for winning the ICC Champions Trophy. Fantastic game of cricket. For England I would say they gifted the trophy to India.

mukhtar Jun 24, 2013 01:32am

You go team India, we Pakistani love team India!

senthil Jun 24, 2013 01:51am

Just waited for DAWN to update this.

BISWAJIT ROY Jun 24, 2013 02:03am

@Vairamuthu: how they gifted? i would say england lucky if they won it because of toss, rainy disturbances and 20-20 format.

Ganesh Ramanathan Jun 24, 2013 02:26am

Bravo India......

Well done.

India Won all the matches in the tournament.... Pakistan lost all the matches in the tournament.

Love it....

Shaan Jun 24, 2013 03:51am

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS! sabash and congrats men in Blue, made the nation proud. World cup - 2011, CT 2013 next ?????

Abdullah Hussain Jun 24, 2013 03:57am

Congratulation to team India for the great feat. Given the way team India played through out the tournament they deserved to be handed the trophy. Team Pakistan take lesson on how to play good cricket.

Raj Jun 24, 2013 04:40am

Congratulations India for the great game!

Sultan Jun 24, 2013 06:08am

What a game but pity it was only 20 overs. Best team won and congrats to India. Pakistan should see how they played and learn a thing or two. Not only from the Indian cricket team but also India as a nation as how to govern and run a country albeit not perfect but light years ahead of us. Once Team India rocked. Way to go Sultan

Kiran Puri Candian Jun 24, 2013 06:19am

@Torontonian Desi: Both teams played So well in the tournament ? But who played better between the two before the Final? India Indeed . Look at the margin of victories in all games for India. India showed the willingness and determination and hence they are the champions. "Go India Go".

Kiran Puri Candian Jun 24, 2013 06:23am

India won it for the whole sub-continent. We won it for you, Pakistani fans too. I know if we Indian choke at any stage in future , our Pakistani brothers will rise to the occasion and win it for us.

AAM AADMI Jun 24, 2013 07:40am


vaqas Jun 24, 2013 08:07am

Unfair to england... it was a 20/20 match and India has more experience in it.

Khalid Jun 24, 2013 08:20am

India won CT2013 in a very close match. India rocksssssssssssssssss and is the no.1 team of the world. My best wishes is always with India. Pak should learn something from India.

Kish Jun 24, 2013 08:35am

@Ganesh Ramanathan: Stupid comment.....totally not required. As an Indian, I wish the Pak team well. They taught the world reverse swing and the never-say-die spirit. Remember Miandad's last ball six? Lets be happy for each other.

Dr.H.Mohan Jun 24, 2013 09:06am

Ian Bell's dismissal was controversial.The third umpire should have given the benefit of doubt to the batsman.Though I am an Indian and I celebrate India winning - I don't like unfair decision which will swing the game one way or the other.There should be another review - more critical and clinical.

XX Jun 24, 2013 09:20am

@mukhtar: the second part is a lie...........

manish Jun 24, 2013 09:47am

yes,it was a great victory. it was late in the night. also great to have rameez raja and waseem akram along with indian commentators on star sports. youth has brought great lightening in the squad. india will go WI after few days,hoping to have same TV team and success in store.

R Knee Jun 24, 2013 09:56am

@Ganesh Ramanathan:

Sick mentality bro. I wish my brothers on the other side of the border well. Please revive a good team, purge and rise from the ashes.

One good thing pakistan can take from India's rise is that change happens real soon, all you have to do is be extremely cut throat in filtering out the non performers. If you look at the squad that won india the cup and the current squad we only had ashwin, raina, dhoni and kohli. the committee axed gambhir and yuvi (2 players instrumental in indias winning march in the WC 2011)

If during the era of srinath, prasad and kumble someone would have told me that India would end up being one of the best fielding sides in a matter of 7 years I wouldn't have believed them. But it is. So have faith and as a Cricket fan I wish my Pak brothers good luck.

Vairamuthu Jun 24, 2013 10:10am

@BISWAJIT ROY: Hi Biswajit, Morgan and Bopara were batting. 20 required from 15 balls. 6 wickets in hand. 99% of the time any team with this equation would have won comfortably. So only I mentioned "England gifted the trophy."

bharat Jun 24, 2013 12:03pm

@mukhtar: Thanks sir

Vicky Jun 24, 2013 12:50pm

India did play well in the entire series and deserved to win. I really liked how commentators from both countries participated in Hindi/Urdu commentary and it was fun watching Ramiz Raja with Sunil Gawaskar. The brotherhood is visible and we must not forget that people from both countries are similar in their culture and thinking and both belonged to same nation 60 years back. I hope one day both these countries will be one again or at least work together with each other and we can have 'United States of INDPAK'. Let's try to be one again. We will rock the world together.

Manish Jun 24, 2013 01:11pm

It was amazing to see India win. Hi Hip Hurray. It would have been even more amazing to see an Indo-Pak final. Hope Pakistan straightens their act and resolves their internal issues to come up with a strong team in future. I strongly believe India and Pakistan a should always be very strong in Cricket, we are the ones with highest fan following.

Nishant Jun 24, 2013 01:14pm

I want to wish the 10+ pessimists who disliked this comment - get well soon!

Nishant Jun 24, 2013 01:20pm

@Ganesh Ramanathan: Get a life buddy.

Neil Jun 24, 2013 01:48pm

Feeling so proud...INDIA has won all the major tournaments of ICC, T20 world cup, ICC World Cup (One dayer) and now Champions Trophy. Well done Indian team and best luck Pakistani team for better future. I think Pakisatni team was not well balanced. Get the performers in and see the difference.

Joseph DSouza Jun 24, 2013 03:43pm

@Ganesh Ramanathan: your comments are rude and totally uncalled for. It is understandable that you are happy that India won, but your character shows in the diatribe against Pakistan. Stop using this forum, which is incidentally a Pakistani one, to spew venom at your hosts.I am an Indian but am always happy when Pakistan does well in cricket, especially because they have to play in neutral or opposition venues due to their current predicament, so that makes it much harder for them, playing away from their home supporters. They have given the game some of the best names till date and we should be proud of the fact that they are another Asian team.

Criket Lover Jun 24, 2013 04:00pm

Man .....for me Dhoni is best captain ever.....He won every possible thing in cricket world as a captain !!

T20 world cup ODI world cup ODI Champions Trophy many IPL Trophies and Champions League

1 in TEST

1 in ODI

Now what else left ?

For me India is True champion because they won all 7 games in tournament ( 2 practice) and reached to Semi-final and Final dominantly with all their work and not some NET RUN RATE and depending on drama like if A team win by this many runs or c team loss by that many wickets then we qualify equations ! Even everybody said win toss in final and win trophy but Dhoni/India proved all wrong even after losing toss ! INDEED in the end true Champions won the CHAMPIONS Trophy !!

Ganesh Ramanathan Jun 24, 2013 04:10pm

@Kish: Yes.. They even thought how to tamper the cricket ball for cheap victories.. All the matches won by pakistan in sharjah against india are onesided... If you now check with technology which is applied today for LBW decissions, then Aquib javed hatrick LBWs will be proved totally wrong.. Even if you go to youtube and check the video, the bloody umpire, I think from UAE will immediately raise his fingures before even Aquib javed, appeal for it.. Mr. Kish, open your blind eyes, before supporting any one..

pct Jun 24, 2013 04:10pm

congrats team india for this big achievment..they really deserve that,theh dominate all teams with their strong batting lineup and desent bowling which was known the worst in tournament but they really prove it wrong..and good to see shikar dhawan in no bad attitude..from pak

vishwajeet Jun 24, 2013 05:31pm

All matches with India were one sided except the final,I love close victory,not big one!

ashok Jun 24, 2013 05:47pm

@Vairamuthu: It is not fair to say that England gifted the trophy to India.England being the T20 world champion tried to pull a fast one by making a 50 over Champions Trophy to a T20 match kowing well enough that they were the world champs in that format and thats the only way they could beat India.But Indian team proved them worng.India offcourse is the best team in the world in any format of the game.No iffs and No butts.Have no daubts Pakistan.

Mahendra Jun 24, 2013 05:59pm

I congratulate team India for the victory....

well done boys....

However I was even more pleased when India beat Pakistan..... this team would have got a royal welcome, even if they had not won the finals....

Ashok PAtel Jun 24, 2013 06:35pm

@mukhtar: I guess you are Pakistan citizen.we also believe that any cricket trophy should come in Asia.Pakistan has the best bowling attack in world.In final if we had 4 Pakistani bowler England could have lost by 30-35 run margin

vishu Jun 24, 2013 06:44pm

Thanks Pakistanis

For your un-biased thumbs up for india's Victory., Nice to see when positive action appreciated UN-politically. sum up the best team own the tournament not just the matches..

vishu Jun 24, 2013 06:47pm

@Vicky: Let the History be as history, let Pakistanis have their wishful life as we lead ours. we are much happier / prosperous in spite of corruption as Individual and as nation, we no need to add up +180 million plus Land mass to us, they are capable of handling their issues as we are doing over here.

Vish Jun 24, 2013 07:06pm

India's strong ODI performance is based on its strong U-19 team culture that has won World cup thrice (2000, 2008 and 2012). The U-19 Team India also has the best win percentage in ODIs (75%) among all Under-19 national teams. In 2008, U-19 India team won it under Virat Kohli's leadership (and, Jadeja was the vice-captain). Dhawan played for India in the 2004 U-19 Cricket World Cup where he was the leading run scorer. Unmukt Chand, the current U19 captain, is bound to be part of senior team India in the coming days.

Anand Jun 24, 2013 07:19pm

@Ganesh Ramanathan:

Truly..Sick...grow up boy.

Anuja Jun 24, 2013 08:19pm

Only team to have won all matches in CT: India Only team to have lost all matches in CT: Pakistan

Srini Jun 24, 2013 10:55pm

@Joseph DSouza: Joseph you support Pakistanis, because you are a sellout. You will probably support anyone other than India. What is wrong in what he had stated. Sharjah was completely fixed and that is why there are no more matches played there. If this is news for you and if this is being rude, then stuff it where the sun don't shine. The truth have to be told. It is no use hiding ones feeling especially when the others are cheating. India's history is filled with sellouts like you, who were supporting the outsiders, than the fellow indians.

Kailash Jun 25, 2013 07:00am

@Srini: Completely agree with you and Ganesh Ramanathan

Kailash Jun 25, 2013 07:02am

@Ganesh Ramanathan: Even I am loving it too :)

Ravi Jun 25, 2013 08:20am

@Srini: Cool down dude. Joseph's post was referring to Ganesh Ramanathan's first post where Ganesh was stressing that India won all and Pak lost all which is unncessary to mention unless you want to drag people into debate. I have seen many Pakistanis openly supported India in the final and many admired the Indian batting's quality in the tournament. While we are all happy at the result, there is no reason to poke at others. Of course, if the match were between India and Pak, everyone will support their own country.

sr Jun 25, 2013 02:36pm

@ashok: Present T20 champions are West Indies and not England.

Subhash Jun 25, 2013 02:48pm

@Abdullah Hussain:

Thanks to all friends from Pakistan for their congratulatory messages and good wishes. I am sure we will do the same when the opportunity comes.

SubhSubhBol Jun 25, 2013 04:48pm

@Dr.H.Mohan: I agree with most of what you said. I dont think there was even a doubt. Bell shouldnt have been given out. I dont however agree with your observation that incident was the turning point of the match in India's favor. If any, it went in favor of England at that stage as fall of Ian Bell brought Morgan and Bopara together and the duo almost took England home. Ishant Sharma's twin strikes in two balls to get rid of the duo was the turning point of the match.

Jatinder Paul Singh Jun 25, 2013 05:33pm

@Mahendra: grow up man!!!