Bowled Over – England Collapse at End – By Luqman Liaqat

England’s wait for a first global 50-over title continues after falling agonisingly close after losing by five runs in a rain-hit final of the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston against India.

The final was reduced to 20-overs due to heavy downpour through the morning and afternoon, after the ICC hadn’t considered a reserved day for the final they added 75 minutes to the rainy day.

Batting first India put 129-7 on the board, which was greatly dependent on Virat Kohli (43) and Ravindra Jadeja’s (33) partnership of 47 from 33 balls and Ravi Bopara claimed the best figures of 3-20.

In the chase England were rattled by the Indian spinner’s as they fell to 46-4, before Eoin Morgan (33) and Bopara (30) had the hosts on course for victory with 20 runs remaining from 16 balls before a late collapse left their dreams shattered.

The in-form India openers on this occasion could only stay together for three overs before Stuart Broad (1-26) bowled out Rohit Sharma (9). Shikhar Dhawan (31) and Kohli helped India reach 50 in the ninth over and then rain halted play again.

Trouble struck the Indian batting-line up straight after the delay, from 50-2 they were reduced to 66-5; Bopara dismissed the tournament’s top run scorer Dhawan, Suresh Raina (1) and the dangerous Mahendra Singh Dhoni (0) hit the ball straight to third-man during a double-wicket maiden.

But Kohli and Jadeja shared handy partnership of 59 on the sixth wicket Jadeja pulled Broad for a maximum a few balls after he was put down by Jonathon Trott. Kohli lifted Anderson (1-24) to Bopara and Ravi Ashwin was run out via Ian Bell’s direct hit before a couple of boundaries from Jadeja and a six off Anderson took India to a competitive total.

In reply, England were under pressure pretty early in the chase, Cook edged Umesh Yadav (1-10) to first slip in the second over. Trott has been critised for a slightly low run-rate, he batted to 20 from 17 balls only to fall over when attempting to work Ashwin (2-15) to the on-side.

Joe Root (7) and Bell was stumped, some replays showed his foot was grounded when he dragged his foot out at Jadeja (2-24) leaving England in deep trouble on 46-4. Morgan and Bopara put on 64 for the 5th wicket, the pair decreased the required run-rate from 10 to 5.

Bopara hit two huge sixes and Morgan powered to 33 off 30 balls, when England reached 110 with 20 runs needed off 16 balls. But the game changed in one wayward over from Ishant Sharma (2-36), first Morgan was fooled by a slower ball which he chipped to mid-wicket and Bopara pulled the ball straight to square leg.
England never recovered from the fall of the two set batsmen, Jos Buttler was bowled out for a golden duck and Tim Bresnan ran himself out.

With 15 runs required from the final over, Broad managed one boundary and James Tredwell was unable to hit a six from the last ball, as England finished on 124-8.

The strong Indian crowd at Birmingham saw their team add the Champions Trophy to the World Cup triumph in 2011.

England in contrast have now failed to cross the finishing line in a one-day competition for the 4th time and not even when the match was reduced to the format they have been crowned world champions they still couldn’t pull it off.

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