Birmingham, June 24, 2013
The ultimate winners of the ICC Champions Trophy, Team India won over England, in a 20-over game played in bad weather in Birmingham on Sunday.
It did not matter in the end; all the rain delays and difficulties braved by both the teams facing gloomy weather and pressure to perform in the finals. Skilled India's young team proved their calibre, in a five-run win that led them to victory.
Winners of the Champions Trophy, India succeeded to play despite some farcical rules and beat the final challengers; England.
MS Dhoni is the first captain to hold on to every single ICC trophy and also star players like Ravindra Jadeja and Shikhar Dhawan who shined for India and made revived the magic of game.
The damage that IPL 6 spot-fixing scandal has caused challenging the integrity of Indian cricket is undeniable. But the spirits of Indians were raised as India won two warm-up matches and continued to do well by stay unbeaten in the Champions Trophy throughout.
The team played without the giants in Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir and still managed to be consistent in the 40 overs of cricket that were played in Birmingham.
India remained strong over powering England and the game was won by proving nerves of steel when England couldn’t cope up and buckled under pressure.
MS Dhoni calculated his game plan well; he trusted Ishant Sharma and gave the 18th over to him for the deciding action towards a win.
India remained powerful with both sides in control, batting and bowling. The tournament got the best out from Dhawan, left-hand strong man and Jadeja, left-hand batsman and bowler. Both the players led India to triumph over England.
Dhawan gave super batting skills in different stages of the tournament. His impressive cover-drives, cuts and pulls; succeeded every bowling attack confidently.
The moustachioed player dedicated his Player-of-the-Series award to the people affected by the devastating floods in Uttarakhand.
Dhawan looks ahead to a bright future in Indian cricket.
Jadeja bowled very well in the Champions tournament and demonstrated the best technique in his performance by an Indian in the tournament's history and finishing with his second Man-of-the-Match performance in the final.
This is the biggest limited-overs match played by him, and he added runs into the innings that evolved the team India form 66 for 5 and then with the ball took 2 for 24 from his four overs. Dhoni could rely on him; Jadeja did great at the field, and was excellent as a batsman.
In an incredible final match, India left England disappointed as they competed in a rainy 20-over ICC Champions Trophy 2013.
The enthusiastic fans at the stands braved the rains and cheered for the winners.
India 129 for 7 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 43, Ravindra Jadeja 33*; Ravi Bopara 3 for 20) beat England 124 for 8 in 20 overs (Eoin Morgan 33, Ravi Bopara 30; Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 15, Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 24) by 5 runs.
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