ICC Champions Trophy: England fall just short in thrilling final against India at Edgbaston
England's wait for an ODI title goes on after they were beaten by five runs in the ICC Champions Trophy final by India.
Last Updated: 23/06/13 11:42pm
Chasing 130 to win a match cut down to 20 overs apiece, England were bamboozled by India's spinners early on, slipping to 46-4, before Eoin Morgan (33) and Ravi Bopara (30) seemed to get them back on course.
Yet just as the game appeared to be in their grasp - they needed 20 from 16 deliveries with the batting powerplay still up their sleeve - the tide suddenly turned in the space of two balls from Ishant Sharma.
Having hit a six at the start of the over Morgan was fooled by a slower delivery from the paceman, chipping up a simple catch to mid-wicket, and Bopara then followed his team-mate straight back to the pavilion by slapping a pull shot straight to square leg.
England simply never recovered from the double setback, Jos Buttler going for a golden duck and Tim Bresnan getting himself run out as they left themselves needing 15 from the last over.
James Tredwell was unable to hit a six from the final ball of the match from Ravi Ashwin, who finished with outstanding figures of 2-15 from his four overs, as England ended on 124-8.
Their cause had was not helped by losing skipper Alastair Cook to the 11th ball of their reply, while Ian Bell could perhaps feel unfortunate to have become Mahendra Singh Dhoni's second stumping victim - Jonatha Trott having already fallen in that fashion to a leg-side wide - when third umpire Bruce Oxenford decided the television evidence was clear that his foot was raised.
India - who finish the final edition of the tournament with a perfect record of five wins from five outings - had struggled with the bat themselves once play finally got underway at 4.20pm, just shy of six hours after the scheduled start.
They collapsed from 50-1 to 66-5 in between two further stoppages for bad weather before eventually battling their way up to a competitive total.
Bopara, who has come out of the international wilderness to become a key component of England's line-up during the event, was the unlikely bowling hero, claiming 3-20.
The all-rounder removed the in-form Shikhar Dhawan for 31, then had Suresh Raina and the dangerous Dhoni, who went without troubling the scorers, caught in the deep during a double-wicket maiden.
With Stuart Broad and Tredwell, preferred to Graeme Swann in England's XI, also weighing in with a wicket apiece, India had lost half their side with 13 gone.
But Virat Kohli top-scored with 43 from 34 deliveries as he and Ravindra Jadeja - who made 33 not out and then took 2-24 to be named man of the match - shared in a crucial 59-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
Their efforts, including taking 12 off the 20th over from Bresnan, delighted the majority of the Birmingham crowd and gave India just enough runs to see them add the trophy to the World Cup they lifted in 2011.
England, in contrast, just can't seem to get over the finishing line in a final in 50-over cricket - not even when the match is reduced to a format in which they have previously been crowned the best in the world.