India's young squad scare off England
A youthful India side played a magnificent cricket as they beat England to win the Champions Trophy.
LONDON - A youthful India side held their nerve to condemn England to more 50-over misery with a five-run victory in an enthralling finish to a rain-disrupted Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston on Sunday.
In a match reduced to 20 overs a side that was in doubt for much of the day, a fifth-wicket partnership of 64 between Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara put England in sight of a victory target of 130 and their first major 50-over trophy.
But the pair fell to successive deliveries by Ishant Sharma before England's lower order crumbled and the hosts were left stranded on 124 for eight.
"This victory is sweet, especially beating England at home," India batsman Virat Kohli told Sky Sports as his side added cricket's second 50-over trophy to the World Cup they lifted at home in 2011.
Miserly bowling by Bopara and James Tredwell helped England restrict India to 129 for seven after the start had been delayed by nearly six hours due to the typical English rain which threatened to force the match to be abandoned with no rest day allocated.
Kohli top-scored with 43 and Shikhar Dhawan, the tournament's leading run-scorer, made a breezy 31 but India were never able to dominate a disciplined England attack.
England lost wickets steadily at the start of their reply.
Cook fell for two, edging a catch to first slip off Umesh Yadav, Trott made a fluent 20 off 17 balls before being stumped by Dhoni off Ravichandran Ashwin and Joe Root pulled the same bowler straight to long leg.
Ian Bell's laborious innings of 13 ended when he was controversially given out by the third umpire, stumped by Dhoni off Jadeja.
England were in deep trouble at 46 for four, But Morgan and Bopara batted sensibly to bring up their 50 partnership off 47 balls and, at 102 for four with three overs left, the hosts were scenting victory.
Sharma returned to the attack and after Morgan pulled him for six he bowled two successive wides before Morgan, on 33, spooned a catch to mid-wicket and Bopara pulled the next ball straight to backward square leg.
"I was quite nervous, things were not going my way, but I think I held my nerve," Sharma said.
England needed 15 for victory from the final over and six off the last ball.
The loss was England's fifth in a 50 or 60-over tournament final after defeats in three World Cup finals and the 2004 Champions Trophy.
The team had targeted the home tournament at the start of a year which also features back-to-back Ashes series against Australia.
"We wanted to have it in our hand, the opportunity to hold the trophy but we were a little bit short today," captain Cook said at the trophy presentation.
He remained optimistic they would eventually break their one-day duck.