Report: Eng vs Ind – Final: CT 2013
India pulled off a thrilling five-run win at Edgbaston to lift the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. The reigning ICC World Cup champions held their nerve in the 20 over-a-side game to beat England in the final at Birmingham and added another feather in their cap.
After Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja’s sixth wicket, 47-run partnership helped set India a 130-run target, MS Dhoni managed his bowling resources cleverly to defend the total. Under the windy conditions and grey skies the Indian bowlers bowled to plan and claimed wickets at regular intervals to pull off a win. After Umesh Yadav struck early, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma picked two wickets each.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan had done well against the fast bowling of James Anderson and Stuart Broad who were charging in from opposite ends. But Broad struck soon to end the stand for 19 as he claimed Rohit’s wicket.
But Dhawan continued to strike the ball fluently despite couple of rain delays. But a well-judged catch by Tredwell at extra cover off Ravi Bopara dismissed India’s in-form opener. Two overs later, the off-spinner claimed Dinesh Karthik, and then Bopara dealt a double-blow with a maiden in the over next. While Raina perished offering a catch to mid-on, MS Dhoni’s upper-cut was pouched safely by Tredwell at thirdman to leave India on 66 for five.
Jadeja joined Kohli in the middle, and the duo stemmed the fall of wickets and clawed their way back into the game. With India on the back foot, Cook reintroduced his ace bowler, Anderson, who conceded only a single. But Kohli, who had watched as wickets fell quickly at the opposite end, then took charge and smashed Bopara for two boundaries. Dropped on 36, India’s No.3 bat pulled Broad for six into the stands in the same over. And Jadeja hit Anderson for a six in the next.
But then, Kohli, while attempting another big hit, was caught by Bopara at long-off for 43. Ravichandran Ashwin came in with nine balls left, but was run out in the last over. However, Jadeja, with a six off Tim Bresnan, helped add 12 runs in the over and took India to 129.
Defending the total, Umesh Yadav struck in the second over. Alastair Cook edged the pacer to Ashwin in the slips and brought out Jonathon Trott to join Ian Bell in the middle. 25 runs later, Ashwin got the better of Trott in his first over. The off-spinner then followed up with the wicket of Joe Root couple of overs later, while Jadeja sent back Bell in the next to tilt the match in India’s favour.
With spinners getting purchase from the wicket, Dhoni handed the ball to Raina but could not break the Eoin Morgan-Bopara stand. While Morgan held up one end, Bopara swung his bat clearing the boundary to keep the required run-rate in check. Ishant Sharma did well in his latter overs, and was on a hattrick in the 18th over after getting rid of Morgan and Bopara off consecutive balls.
Needing 19 off 12 England were in a precarious position with two new batsmen – Jos Buttler and Tim Bresnan – at the crease. Jadeja then castled Jos Buttler to keep the match hanging in balance. And soon Bresnan was run out.
With 15 required off the last over, Ashwin conceded only nine to restrict England to 124 for eight.
Brief scores: India 129/7 in 20 overs (V Kohli 43, R Jadeja 33*, R Bopara 3/20) beat England 124/8 in 20 overs (E Morgan 33, R Ashwin 2/15, R Jadeja 2/24, I Sharma 2/36) by 5 runs
Man of the Match: Ravindra Jadeja for his game-changing all-round performance of 33* and 2/24
Golden Ball: Ravindra Jadeja for his 12 wickets
Golden Bat: Shikhar Dhawan for his 363 runs