India lift Champions Trophy in a 20 over thriller
India beat England by 5 runs in a rain shortened nail biting final at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Sunday to lift the ICC Champions Trophy.
India were asked to bat first after England won the toss. The game had its delays due to the intermittent rain. Finally the packed house at Edgbaston got to witness a 20 over encounter.
India lost Rohit Sharma (9, 14b, 1x4) early in the 4th over after which Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli tried to steady the Indian innings.
Ravi Bopara struck in his very first over dismissing the in-form Shikhar Dhawan (31, 24b, 2x4, 1x6). Soon after which India lost three quick wickets in the form of Dinesh Karthik (6), Suresh Raina (1) and Skipper MS Dhoni (0). India were reeling at 66-5 when Ravindra Jadeja along with Virat Kohli produced a counter attack and helped India reach a target of 129. Virat Kohli was the top scorer with 43 (34b, 4x4, 6x1) well supported by Ravindra Jadeja (33*, 25b, 4x2, 6x2).
Ravi Bopara (3/20) was the pick of the England bowlers. He took the crucial wickets of Dhawan, Raina and Dhoni.
Umesh Yadav provided India with the breakthrough early on in the 2nd over dismissing the England Skipper Alastair Cook (2). Man in form Jonathan Trott started off aggressively scoring 11 runs off Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 2nd over.
Trott was stumped by Dhoni off Ashwin in the 6th over on what was actually a wide delivery. Ashwin (2/15) also dismissed Joe Root later on. Ian Bell (13) was stumped in the 9th over, Jadeja being the bowler.
Eoin Morgan (33, 30b, 3x4, 1x6) and Ravi Bopara (30, 25b, 2x6) looked determined as they added 64 runs, the highest partnership of the match, for the 5th wicket but Ishant Sharma (2/36) surprised by picking up both Bopara and Morgan in his last over.
Ravindra Jadeja (2/24) struck in the 19th over dismissing the England Wicket Keeper Jos Buttler and executing a brilliant run out to send Tim Bresnan back to the pavilion.
England needed 15 in the last over, Ashwin who had bowled brilliantly was the obvious option. It all came down to England needing 6 to win off the last ball. Tredwell was the batsman on strike who missed the ball only to take a single.
Celebrations began on the field as India went on to pull off an amazing victory in a 20 over thriller. India were unbeatable throughout the tournament, right from warm-up matches to the final.
Ravindra Jadeja was declared the player of the match for his all round effort. He was also awarded the 'Golden Ball' for picking up the most number of wickets (12) in the tournament. Shikhar Dhawan received the 'Golden Bat' as he was the highest run-getter (363) in the tournament.