Cricket: India deny England in Champions Trophy thriller

BIRMINGHAM, June 23, 2013 (AFP) – India added the Champions Trophy title to the World Cup they won two years ago after seeing off England by five runs in a dramatic final at Edgbaston on Sunday. Tournament hosts England, still to win a major one-day international title, appeared to have done the hard work in holding India to 129 for seven in a match reduced by rain to 20 overs per side.

But, chasing 130, they collapsed to 46 for four, before a partnership of 64 between former Ireland left-hander Eoin Morgan (33) and Ravi Bopara (30), who also took three for 20 with his medium-pacers, swung the match back their way.

However, India seamer Ishant Sharma turned the match on its head by removing Morgan and Bopara off successive deliveries and England needed 19 off the last 12 balls for victory.

The target eventually became six off one ball and that proved too much for tailender James Tredwell as he failed to make contact against fellow off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

Ravindra Jadeja was named man-of-the-match for making 33 not out and taking two for 24 with his left-arm spin.

India’s win left England still searching for their first major ODI trophy after defeats in three Wor