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England collapse as India claim victory
England allowed an overdue piece of history to slip from their grasp as India won Sunday's Champions Trophy final by five runs at Edgbaston.
The hosts reached 110 for four by the 18th over in pursuit of 129 for seven in a match reduced by rain from the scheduled 50 to just 20 overs per side. But after Ishant Sharma's over began with a dot, six and then successive wides, England lost Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara to kickstart a collapse of four wickets for three runs in eight balls.
The disappointment was harsh especially on Bopara, who had taken three for 20 to help restrict India and then shared a stand of 64 in nine overs with Morgan. India therefore won this tournament outright for the first time and Ravindra Jadeja took the individual honours for his unbeaten 33 and two wickets.
India appeared to have left themselves vulnerable with a stop-start innings. Bad weather almost prevented a contest of any description, until organisers extended the scheduled hours of play to allow for the minimum number of overs - and even then Mahendra Singh Dhoni's batsmen were twice interrupted by showers.
Tournament top runscorer Shikhar Dhawan lost his opening partner Rohit Sharma, bowled when Stuart Broad nipped one into him. The introduction of Bopara then brought the wicket of Dhawan, mistiming a slower ball to cover. James Tredwell soon doubled up when Dinesh Karthik's slog-sweep steepled to short fine-leg.
India were beyond Plan A already, more so after Bopara's double-wicket maiden - Suresh Raina crashing one straight into the hands of mid-on and then the dangerous Dhoni upper-cutting to the third-man boundary to be caught for a duck, by Tredwell.
James Anderson then had Virat Kohli well-held at long-off by Bopara, and 50 from the last five overs did not quite add up to the big finish it seemed India needed.
England's reply was soon minus Cook, however, steering a catch to first slip where R Ashwin took the chance neatly away to his right off Umesh Yadav. Then Indian spin took over. Jonathan Trott rushed past a wide at the start of Ashwin's spell, and then the off-spinner had Joe Root mis-hitting a pull to be caught at deep backward-square by Ishant.
The dismissal of Ian Bell was controversial, stumped off Jadeja after third umpire Bruce Oxenford deliberated at length before deciding the batsman had not grounded his boot back behind the line in time. Morgan and Bopara responded impressively until Sharma had his say, with two slower balls. Morgan hit his to wide mid-on and Bopara pulled his to square-leg - Ashwin taking both catches.
When Jos Buttler was then bowled first ball aiming a big hit at Jadeja, and Tim Bresnan comically run out, the equation had suddenly got away from the hosts. Broad and Tredwell did not give up but could not muster 15 to win from Ashwin's last over as England lost their fifth ODI final.