India win ICC Champions Trophy after thrilling final


The Indian cricket team won the ICC Champions Trophy final in a thrilling contest against England on Sunday, which was reduced to 20 overs a side due to heavy showers in Birmingham. 

England won the toss and put India in to bat, after which the rain started. It seemed that there was no possible chance for the match to start, but the grounds staff managed to get the pitch dry enough to get the match underway.

India had a quiet start to their innings, with Rohit Sharma falling early. In the middle overs, Ravi Bopara bowled brilliantly, and ended up taking three crucial wickets for England. 

Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja then ended the innings with a flourish, to push the Indian score to 129/7, giving just about a chance for the Indian attack to bowl at something.

The English innings also had a slow start, with Alastair Cook falling early. Then MS Dhoni removed Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott with two neat stumping. But a good partnership between Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara meant that England were closing in on the win. 

At one stage, the Englishmen required 20 runs off 16 balls. Ishant Sharma

 then removed both Morgan and Bopara in consecutive deliveries changing the complexion of the game. India ended up winning the game by five runs, hence winning the Champions Trophy. 

Ravindra Jadeja was awarded with the Man of the Match award. He was also the highest wicket taker of the tournament (12 wickets), and was given the golden ball. Shikhar Dhawan was given the golden bat for scoring the most runs (363 runs). 

Scorecard: India 129 for 7 ( Dhawan 31, Kohli 43, Jadeja 33*, Bopara 3/20) beat England 124 for 8 (Morgan 33, Bopara 30, Jadeja 2/24, Ashwin 2/15) by 5 runs.

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