Edgbaston: India’s bowlers defended a modest 129 runs to consign England to a five-run defeat in a thrilling Champions Trophy final here on Sunday. Ravichandran Ashwin took 2 wickets for 15 runs and Ravindra Jadeja bagged 2 for 24 as England’s heartbreak in the finals of ICC tournaments continued.
England lost four wickets in a space of eight balls as Ishant Sharma (2 for 36) turned the match on its head, ripping out the heart of the England middle order with back-to-back wickets in the 18th over.
A 64-run fifth-wicket stand between Eoin Morgan (33) and Ravi Bopara (30) threatened to take the game away from India but both fell attempting poor strokes against an otherwise expensive Ishant.
Man of the Match Jadeja bowled Jos Buttler on a duck and Tim Bresnan was run out by Rohit Sharma for 2 as England needed 19 runs from 12 balls to win. Ashwin bowled a tight last over as India won their second Champions Trophy after sharing the title with Sri Lanka in 2002.
On a day when rain played havoc, the final, which started six hours behind schedule, was reduced to 20-overs-a side. After being put into bat, India struggled on a sluggish wicket. The team was rescued by a 47-run sixth-wicket stand between Virat Kohli (43) and Jadeja (33 not out).
In this Champions Trophy, India have showed their batting muscle in every game. But the script turned out to be different on Sunday evening. The Edgbaston wicket behaved like a typical sub-continental deck with balls coming slowly off the pitch and affording a lot of spin.Champions Trophy Cricket Mahendra Singh Dhoni