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    Default [Cricket] India secure dramatic victory in rain-affected ICC Champions Trophy final

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    India lifted their second ICC Champions Trophy with a five-run victory secured on the last ball of the final against England on Sunday.

    On a rain-affected day at Edgbaston, England won the toss and put MS Dhoni's side in to bat but the teams then had to wait over five hours before the match could begin due to the inclement conditions.

    The match was later reduced to 20 overs per side, and this made for a dramatic end to what has been an entertaining tournament.

    India looked out of the game at 66-5, but 43 from Virat Kohli and 33 not out from Ravindra Jaedja lifted them to a competitive 129-7 off their 20 overs. Ravi Bopara starred with the ball for England, taking 3-20 off his four overs.

    England started badly but still looked certain to win at 110-4. However, four wickets for 14 runs towards the end of their innings left the home nation needing 15 off the last over and, ultimately, six off the last ball. James Tredwell was unable to send the ball over the boundary, gifting India a victory that had seemed so unlikely.

    When play finally got underway, Stuart Broad made the initial breakthrough as he pitched a delivery nice and full that Rohit Sharma misread and allowed through a gap between bat and pad to clean bowl him. That brought Kohli to the crease with Shikhar Dhawan, and the pair put on 31 before the latter tried to cut Bopara over cover. He mishit the shot and the ball flew straight to Tredwell at extra cover who took the catch.

    A flurry of wickets followed as India's batting line-up seemed to be crumbling under the pressure of building a respectable score. Dinesh Marthik was next to go as he attempted a slog sweep off the spin of Tredwell, only to loop his shot straight to Morgan behind square.

    That made the score 64-3 but in the next over Bopara recorded a double-wicket maiden. Suresh Raina played a poor shot at a loose delivery, finding Alastair Cook at mid-on and, four balls later, Dhoni followed him for a duck by clipping a short delivery to Tredwell at third man.

    Crucially Kohli was still at the crease and together with Jadeja, he put on a 47-run partnership that gave India hope. With the score at 113 he became Anderson's first victim, well caught by Bopara after a loose shot. Jadeja lifted the score towards 130 and finished not out on 33.

    England's reply began badly, as captain Cook got out in the second over trying to guide a delivery from Umesh Yadav to third man only to find Ashwin at slip. Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott appeared to have steadied the ship as they guided England to 28, but Trott played a poor shot to a wide delivery from Ashwin and Dhoni neatly stumped him for 20.

    Joe Root's impressive batting during the tournament was not on show as he departed for seven, and when Bell was controversially stumped, England's reply looked doomed at 46-4. The opener appeared to get his back foot down before Dhoni had removed the bails, but the third umpire did not agree and he was sent on his way for 13 off 16 balls.

    Cook's side needed 83 to win off 68 balls with Bopara and Eoin Morgan at the crease, and together the pair looked like taking England to their first one-day international title with with some powerful hitting that included two huge sixes from Bopara.

    However, with quick runs a necessity, both men gave their wickets away with loose shots off the bowling of Ishant Sharma. Morgan was first to go - for 33 - as he pulled from outside off stump only to find Ashwin, and soon after Bopara miscued a short delivery to find the same man for 30.

    With 20 runs required England still looked favourites, but two further wickets for the addition of just three runs completed a dramatic collapse that ultimately sent them to defeat. Jos Buttler was clean bowled by Jadeja for a duck and Tim Bresnan was run out for two as the hosts began to panic. Broad and Tredwell kept England in the game until the final ball but the latter was unable to launch one over the ropes and the victory was sealed for India.

 

 

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