England v India, Champions Trophy, final, Edgbaston June 22, 2013

Dashing India against dogged England

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Match facts

June 23, Edgbaston
Start time 1030 (0930 GMT)

Big Picture

Two years ago, India went to England to play the most anticipated set of matches between the two teams. By the time India reached their last game, England was sick of them and they were sick of England. The tour gave them nothing but defeat, and the fans could hardly wait for the end. At the end of this short and sharp trip, however, India are finally up against England, two of the best sides of the tournament and deserving finalists.

India have played sparkling cricket so far, England have been pragmatic, it makes for a good match-up, but it is highly unlikely the fans or the teams will be left asking for more. If England win, they won't even get a day to celebrate; they play New Zealand in a meaningless Twenty20 on Tuesday. If India win, they will most likely be taking the Champions Trophy to the West Indies for an even more meaningless ODI tri-series.

We have been given a brief window then to relish what is at hand, rendered briefer by the role rain is likely to play with no reserve day in sight. And there is enough to relish. India are at their most aggressive: five specialist bowlers, positive batting in a tournament that has left almost everybody else circumspect, sprightly fielding and forceful captaincy. England are at their most practical: the batsmen are doing just enough for the conditions in question, and their bowlers - attaining form and fitness at the right time - are good enough to make a match of any total above 200 on pitches that are not featherbeds.

A day before the final, questions arise that classically accompany a match between a side that has waltzed its way through to the final and the other that has had to will its way through the roadblocks. Will India be undercooked should conditions and bowlers conspire against them? Suresh Raina has faced 10 balls in the tournament so far, MS Dhoni 26 and Dinesh Karthik 84. Will England's professionalism come second best - as it has tended to happen in big cricket events - to the freer spirits? Will the teams tamper with their trusted philosophies?

If India win through their opening batsmen or if England win chasing 220, it will be well deserved all right, but the real excitement lies in India winning after recovering from 10 for 3 or England gunning down 320. And in the rain staying away.

Form guide (most recent first)

England WWLWW
India WWWWL

In the spotlight

Shikhar Dhawan and Jonathan Trott are the two prime candidates for the Player-of-the-Tournament award. Dhawan's impact - two centuries, a 48 and a fifty - has been bigger than Trott's - two fifties, no hundred - but a match-winning effort in the final could still decide it.

Neither of the Ravis was a natural selection. The conditions were supposed to favour Irfan Pathan more than Ravindra Jadeja. And Ravi Bopara was just a replacement for Kevin Pietersen. Now Jadeja is the second highest wicket-taker in the tournament with an economy rate of 3.51, and Bopara has played a couple of important cameos to go with his part-time work with the ball. They will be important in the final: Jadeja will have continue bowling his 10, Bopara will need to provide England that final kick.

Team news

India are highly unlikely to disturb their winning combination, and while England might want to go the same route they could have two temptations. James Tredwell has done enough to challenge Graeme Swann's status as the best ODI spinner in the country, but will England be able to overlook Swann's experience should he be fit? The only other change could be Tim Bresnan playing ahead of Steven Finn because Edgbaston can assist reverse swing. However, it will be difficult to leave out Finn against any Asian side.

England 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 James Tredwell/Graeme Swann, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn/Tim Bresnan

India 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Dinesh Karthik, 5 MS Dhoni, 6 Suresh Raina, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Umesh Yadav

Pitch and conditions

The big concern is what is overhead. It rained a day before the final, and the weather is expected to play some part during the match, but will it do enough to affect what have been almost subcontinental conditions at Edgbaston? The pitch for this match hasn't been used previously, but If it retains enough moisture, the ball could seam around crazily as it did in the Cardiff semi-final.

Stats and trivia

  • India and England have played only three knockout matches against each other. India won the 1983 World Cup semi-final and the 2002 tri-series final, both in England, but England won the 1987 World Cup semi-final in Mumbai.

  • India have not lost a single wicket in the mandatory Powerplays this Champions Trophy. Their smallest opening stand has been 58, against Pakistan at Edgbaston.

  • England have made it to four finals in ICC ODI tournaments without winning any of them.

Quotes

"I've never seen them as relaxed as we have been leading up to a big game. But I'm looking around in the guys' eyes and I know they're ready to play."
Alastair Cook on his team's state of mind

"The English team is a very good team, especially the bowlers, and what we are positive about is the fact our top order, they have done well, and also the fact they have played some of the best bowlers in world cricket so far in the tournament. So I think they are quite well prepared for the English bowlers."
MS Dhoni

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • rotzi on June 22, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    The final makes up for a really exciting contest. India have played exceedingly well far beyond everyone's imagination where as England have gone about their task in an unfussy manner far from any limelight. Now it will be exciting to watch if both the teams can continue their form in the big final.India bowling will be a key as it can be difficult to chase 250+ in a pressure game.For England, there concern would be to break the indian opening partnership as soon as possible thereby exposing the relatively untested indian middle order. Indeed the best two teams in the tournament have reached the finals. Hope the best one wins and rain gods let a fair game to happen.

  • Jeppo on June 22, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    It's method versus instinct. mind versus heart, England's bowling versus India's batting.

    One could easily say India are favourites purely based on form; they have won all four of their matches, whereas England has won three and lost one. On the other hand England have home advantage, and they have a very good record against India as of late.

    This is going to be a very close-run final. I only hope that the English weather doesn't thwart what could be a very interesting and competitive match.

  • Sudu_putha on June 24, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    I dont get this? Y India is soo good

  • JG2704 on June 23, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    @vijN on (June 23, 2013, 6:49 GMT) TBH , I'm not into all this chest beating nonsense etc , but before the last test series it was Indian players themselves (not the media which is so often the case for hyping England) who were talking bitterly about revenge over England - almost in a boxers way of hyping up a fight. Their revenge mission was to make a statement , cleansweeping England over all 3 formats and Kohli among others was talking about the test series. The fact that India won the ODI series (which most English fans expected anyway) and by a solitary match meant that India at best only partly avenged what happened in England

  • JG2704 on June 23, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    @ bobmartin on (June 23, 2013, 13:42 GMT) To be fair I'm not sure every Indian fan and player is anti DRS and even if so I think any team would use a system to help them regardless of if they had total belief in it or not.

  • Harmony111 on June 23, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    @bobmartin: Wow, what a lovely question!!! So you are saying that in the same ICC tournament, other teams should play under one set of playing conditions and India should play in a diff set of playing conditions? You might want to tell me that if England think real cricket is played on fast, bouncy grassy wickets then why do Eng play cricket on the dead wickets of UAE, India, SL, Pak etc? Why do England pick spinners in their team if their game is based on swing, seam and pace?

  • bobmartin on June 23, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Slightly off-theme... but my question is this: Why, when the Indian team are so opposed to DRS, have they made use of it during this tournament. Just because it's there, it's use is not compulsory. If they really don't trust its efficacy, is it not hypocritical to make use of it. Or is this a change of heart by the Indians and they will now accept it's universal use and stop this silly nonsense of vetoing it...

  • PracticalGuy2013 on June 23, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Good that India have lost the toss & are batting first. Now they have a chance to prove everybody wrong that they won't be able to win batting first, especially against this English attack under these conditions. If they win it form here they truly are worthy winners of the tournament. All the best TEAM INDIA!!!. Now if only the RAIN could relent!!..

  • Harmony111 on June 23, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Whoa England have won the toss and the conditions look ideal for their kind of bowling. India would have to do extremely well and play their top game if they are to win the trophy today. England only need to do the basics right and things should happen for them. From India's side they will say that the major threat is from Jimmy Anderson and they can deal with the others. If India can negate whatever Jimmy bowls today (provided the match happens) then India would have taken a huge step towards holding that trophy. India were slightly ahead before the toss but now that Eng are gonna bowling first, I think it is 60-40 to them. The one thing India might love is that England will be batting second in a huge game and the conditions might not change too much in their innings too. So a decent total of 220-230 can become tricky for England too if India can bowl well upfront and build some pressure.

    Overalll, Eng have the edge as of now after the toss.

  • heathrf1974 on June 23, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    I think bowling first in the will help England. They could win this.

  • rotzi on June 22, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    The final makes up for a really exciting contest. India have played exceedingly well far beyond everyone's imagination where as England have gone about their task in an unfussy manner far from any limelight. Now it will be exciting to watch if both the teams can continue their form in the big final.India bowling will be a key as it can be difficult to chase 250+ in a pressure game.For England, there concern would be to break the indian opening partnership as soon as possible thereby exposing the relatively untested indian middle order. Indeed the best two teams in the tournament have reached the finals. Hope the best one wins and rain gods let a fair game to happen.

  • Jeppo on June 22, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    It's method versus instinct. mind versus heart, England's bowling versus India's batting.

    One could easily say India are favourites purely based on form; they have won all four of their matches, whereas England has won three and lost one. On the other hand England have home advantage, and they have a very good record against India as of late.

    This is going to be a very close-run final. I only hope that the English weather doesn't thwart what could be a very interesting and competitive match.

  • Sudu_putha on June 24, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    I dont get this? Y India is soo good

  • JG2704 on June 23, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    @vijN on (June 23, 2013, 6:49 GMT) TBH , I'm not into all this chest beating nonsense etc , but before the last test series it was Indian players themselves (not the media which is so often the case for hyping England) who were talking bitterly about revenge over England - almost in a boxers way of hyping up a fight. Their revenge mission was to make a statement , cleansweeping England over all 3 formats and Kohli among others was talking about the test series. The fact that India won the ODI series (which most English fans expected anyway) and by a solitary match meant that India at best only partly avenged what happened in England

  • JG2704 on June 23, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    @ bobmartin on (June 23, 2013, 13:42 GMT) To be fair I'm not sure every Indian fan and player is anti DRS and even if so I think any team would use a system to help them regardless of if they had total belief in it or not.

  • Harmony111 on June 23, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    @bobmartin: Wow, what a lovely question!!! So you are saying that in the same ICC tournament, other teams should play under one set of playing conditions and India should play in a diff set of playing conditions? You might want to tell me that if England think real cricket is played on fast, bouncy grassy wickets then why do Eng play cricket on the dead wickets of UAE, India, SL, Pak etc? Why do England pick spinners in their team if their game is based on swing, seam and pace?

  • bobmartin on June 23, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Slightly off-theme... but my question is this: Why, when the Indian team are so opposed to DRS, have they made use of it during this tournament. Just because it's there, it's use is not compulsory. If they really don't trust its efficacy, is it not hypocritical to make use of it. Or is this a change of heart by the Indians and they will now accept it's universal use and stop this silly nonsense of vetoing it...

  • PracticalGuy2013 on June 23, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Good that India have lost the toss & are batting first. Now they have a chance to prove everybody wrong that they won't be able to win batting first, especially against this English attack under these conditions. If they win it form here they truly are worthy winners of the tournament. All the best TEAM INDIA!!!. Now if only the RAIN could relent!!..

  • Harmony111 on June 23, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Whoa England have won the toss and the conditions look ideal for their kind of bowling. India would have to do extremely well and play their top game if they are to win the trophy today. England only need to do the basics right and things should happen for them. From India's side they will say that the major threat is from Jimmy Anderson and they can deal with the others. If India can negate whatever Jimmy bowls today (provided the match happens) then India would have taken a huge step towards holding that trophy. India were slightly ahead before the toss but now that Eng are gonna bowling first, I think it is 60-40 to them. The one thing India might love is that England will be batting second in a huge game and the conditions might not change too much in their innings too. So a decent total of 220-230 can become tricky for England too if India can bowl well upfront and build some pressure.

    Overalll, Eng have the edge as of now after the toss.

  • heathrf1974 on June 23, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    I think bowling first in the will help England. They could win this.

  • MartinC on June 23, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Good toss to win for England, good conditions to really test the Indian top order. But the weather might well win this match ....

  • cric192 on June 23, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    For India their strength have been their opening batsmen. If they do not fire today, then the top order and middle order come into play who have not been tested so far in this tournament especially the middle order. Raina, Dhoni and Jadeja have not batted except in that warm up game against australia. But Dhawan looks in great form and he may win it again for india For England Anderson and Broad have the tough task of taking early wickets. But they have wuality bowling as compared to India. Moreover their middle order has also been tested. Trott,Root have done well in this tournament and they have also done an excellent work against India in the past. So i think the first 15 overs are crucial

  • Narkovian on June 23, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    What happens if there is not enough play due to rain for it to be called a "Match" ? There should be a reserve day ( monday). Which ironically is forecast to be perfect weather. But don't expect the authorities to do that. Rules is rules guv !

  • shayalmathew on June 23, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Current Indian Team is purely oiled run machine rather than their players talent or form.These guys are may not 24 carat but well polished to perform. In any condition they will perform with their potential. As so far middle order and lower order batting not yet tested in last matches but did well in warm-ups. They too ready to contribute enough. Indian Bowling was about average before the match vs WI. But from there they too got some momentum on opponent's weakness and well contributed. Then each and every occasion all departments balanced as well as strengthened confidence. I feel if weather allowed a 50ovr match toss wont be crucial and end of the day we will see another one sided win for India.

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on June 23, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    @ GRVJPR. Sir, I did not mean that the WC win only due to Indian player know personally Srilankan player. There are many factors behind that great win. I am comparing that win and this CT. England is more strong opponent in English condition than any other country in Indian condition against Ind. Sorry mate, if it means different.

  • JG2704 on June 23, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    I think Eng need to win the toss to stand any real chance on this pitch.

    Incidentally , I'm wondering (and hopefully someone can answer me) does a captain have to name his side before the toss? Just thinking if their could be a scenario whereby the captain at the toss thinks about playing one player(bowler) if the side is put in and a different bowler if he wins the toss and bowls first?

  • on June 23, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    dhoni should bowl first after winning toss then it will be a cake walk for india as India can chase any target set by England

  • vk6848 on June 23, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Like in the semifinals, the toss will decide the winners.

  • on June 23, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    I dont think india will loss but never no about england

  • Harmony111 on June 23, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    If the rains do not spoil the day then it seems this will be one hell of a match. No clear favs as of now, both teams capable of piling on runs and/or taking quick wickets, both teams have solid stable top orders, both teams have some awesome hitting ability in the lower middle order and both teams have a few players who can come up with a special performance for ex Kohli, Dhoni, Bhuvi, Cook, Bell & Jimmy.

    I really really hope that the rain stays away and more imp that the toss does not become equivalent to winning the match.

  • JG2704 on June 23, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    @sandy6979 on (June 23, 2013, 7:20 GMT) It's not a problem if we lose. The best most of our fans expected was to reach the final and we have had a multitude of comms dismissing Eng's chances of even getting out of the group stages. No pressure on Eng whatsoever

  • on June 23, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Rain or not India will win the ICC Champion Trophy.

  • on June 23, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Eng today became a winning site with upset to india

  • on June 23, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    no koint winners this time please

  • dalboy12 on June 23, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Looks like they should present the trophy to the British weather at the end of this one.

  • westindiesupporter on June 23, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    England will win today.India should have not defeated west indies.

  • BandulaG on June 23, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    An epic final is on the cards! Let's hope that the Weather Gods would be with us!

  • on June 23, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    India too clinical in execution for England. A walk in the park.

  • on June 23, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    i love india and indian plyers will rock today

  • GRVJPR on June 23, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    @ Waqas Ahmad I always believed India will do well. They are a very consistent side. Last 25 games vs egnaland, India 19 wins.

  • on June 23, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    After the IPL fiasco no one was expecting such a performance from India, they truly deserve this cup.

  • Balumekka on June 23, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    India deserved to win this tournament more than any team, purely because they have been playing far better cricket than all other teams. Hope they will win the finals. Best wishes from a Sri Lankan fan!

  • sandy6979 on June 23, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    England have made it to four finals in ICC ODI tournaments without winning any of them. Unfortunately this is the fifth final that they have come into and will have to leave without winning...

  • GRVJPR on June 23, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    @melupa Flat pitch? ENgland must be praying for that. They must be praying that wicket is flat and won't turn as Indian spinners have created havoc in this tournament. 90% of england wickets are taken by anderson only and most runs by top 3 and no one else is left with them. Indian performance are a team effort.

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on June 23, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    It is not good thing to break the winning combination. But I think if we include Irfan or Vinay instead of Yadav. But in this stage it may be dangerous. But this final is great challenge to young indian team. I think they face tough challenge than WC 2011. Because it happened in Sub continent. Indian team knows condition better. It faced Srilanka more than anyone else. They know many Srilankan player personally very well(due to IPL). And SRT is in team and also he is best man to motivate youngsters. But this time we play in England. No SRT and Garry in the team to motivate youngsters. England have best attack and knows condition very well than Ind. But India has best fielding unit. I am big fan of Rohith and also best critics of Rohith. Pls Rohith don't throw your wicket in the Rush of blood. You are the best batsman in English condition than Virat. Pls take a leaf of Virat to build the Innings and try to win CT for India. All the best to Dhoni.

  • on June 23, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Another test for Sir R Jadeja and Rohit Sharma to show their ability to the nation, outside the nation

  • on June 23, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    A must win game for young guns, to gain confidence and now the target for dhoni is to break record for highest number of win in a row Best of luck India . :)

  • india_csk on June 23, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Champions trophy First Match : India won by 26 runs against SA (2+6=8) 2nd Match: India won by 8 wickets against WI 3rd Match: India won by 8 wickets against PAK Semis: India won by 8 wickets against SL 8 Includes in every Win final is on 23-6-2013 2+3+6+2+0+1+3=17 , 1+7=8 You know why Coz 8 is Jersey no. of jadeja:)

  • vijN on June 23, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    @Lmaotsetung - That you say that Indian couldnt complete the revenge is partly true, however they did beat England in the ODI series most recently and had their some payback - or did you forget the previous 2 ODI series played between India and England in India(2009 and 2011-12) were both 5-0 in favor of India lol. And the ODI head-head after the famous test debacle in England between the 2 teams reads 8-2. So I am not sure what you are talking about when this is an an ODI tournament where you are up against the ICC #1 and world champion team and talk high of a team that is nowhere considered a good ODI team(good test team, yes).

    Btw, even otherwise IMO even in the test series in England, you guys crept up on an aging test team that was going into transition.

  • half_blood-prince on June 23, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    dhoni is the key here.england stands no chance against this strategist.

  • melupa on June 23, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    India pray god - the toss and a flat wicket.

  • on June 23, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    While everyone's talking about Anderson's bowling , I think its gonna be Broad , who has been off-color so far.He's a exceptional bowler ever the condition does not support swing.Watch out for him ; Bell too.

  • chandran1979 on June 23, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    If rain stays away, this will be a great match. It will be good Toss to win. In supporting conditions Indian bowlers can be effective.

  • sents2013 on June 23, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    As a home ground England has the advantage. If England is involved in preparing pitches, they will prepare a swinging pitch, with lot of grass on it. Just to play to England's advantage. 50-50.

  • Arunprasad81 on June 23, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Guys, It is England's first 10 overs Vs India , If india go past that hurdle with out losing 2 wickets , india will easily win the contest

  • ThilankaK on June 23, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    As a Srilankan fan I would like to see IND win the trophy , because they are the best side in the competition & IND is our big brother ! If younger can't win it like to see elder will do it !!!

  • sameer_warun on June 23, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    England will win this easily because they will set the pitch like SL vs IND , then IND will have to face same problems as SL had , IF ENG bat first I think they will handle pitch better than others & SL , key players are Bopara , Buttler & Morgan because late overs hitting. I think today we can see how Davan,Rohith,Kholli,Dk ,Dhoni & others real batting skills, all & all ENG 70% & IND 30% chance to win the trophy .

  • on June 23, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    England going to win Easley they coming out with a big plan India played very well so far but trophy going to England

  • aby_prasad on June 22, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    A big thankyou to the reporter and the fans below.Its been a while since I've read such a neutral and exciting report followed by neutral & level headed comments(well almost lol).As usual,the English fans have a beautiful way of putting across their comments in a level headed manner.But it was a delightful surprise to see the Indian fans commenting in the same vein as well!Thanks,it was worth reading.Satisfied already with the way India has played so far in this tournament even if they lose from here,but its a shame if they cant complete it now.But England have a longer historical claim 2 prove a point or more in this final,so shame if they lose as well.Personally,an Indian victory from 10/3 wd make me gasp and jump in joy,scary but wow (sorry but an Indian fan since Sachin bowled that last over in the hero cup in 93!) So its Rocky vs Terminator! with India not being rocky 4 the first time in long long years!.i.e. ahem if a superior to both..Lord Zeus/Indra wouldnt spoil it! haha :P

  • on June 22, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    Hope to see India lifting the champions trophy.... Chak de!!!!!!

  • Happy_hamster on June 22, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    I can't remember Aussie fans constantly harping on about them being world champs or No.1 although they won the cup 4 times and were miles ahead of everyone else in the rankings in both main forms for many years, maybe it really is an inferiority thing.

  • Happy_hamster on June 22, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    Indian fans must be the most humble and unconceited bunch in world sport, here's hoping for as little weather interruption as possible yech mad.

  • mar2000 on June 22, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    Lets hope the rain stay away........ "Rain , rain go away and come again another day."

  • Lmaotsetung on June 22, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    Anything can happen in a one match final. India are clearly the favorites, they've been head and shoulders above the other teams in the competition. England for their part has done what they set out to do and that is to at least make the final. An India v England final is what the organizers were hoping for and now let's hope the rain stays away. This will do a world of good to the mental state of the England team going into the Ashes in a couple of weeks time. This is the home ground of Trott and Bell and I expect at least one of them to get a big score...just a hunch. I see the arrogance is back from some of the India fans. So what's is match to them? The revenge of the revenge that fail to materialize in Dec-Jan of the revenge of a revenge soon to be determined? LMAO!!!!!

  • Zippydidodah on June 22, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    In the England-SA semi-final, it was really humid, which helped Anderson swing the ball lots. Tomorrow, there are going to be showers, but with a breeze. It will be fresher and less humid. There might be a bit of movement off the pitch, but there not much normal swing. The outfield will be damp, so the ball won't get scuffed as much, so there might not be much reverse swing either. The damp might also be difficult for the spinners to get a grip on the ball. I don't think its going to be easy to score quickly - the outfield will be slow.

  • Texasacharya on June 22, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    England barely hold on to win their matches. I don't see any real challenge. Indians just have to see Andersen off and make merry of others.

  • kasturi49 on June 22, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Ok this will be down to just a simple equation, Indian batsmen against Anderson,Broad and Finn whether India win the toss or not. The trio I think will be more of a handful then any of the other teams bowlers in this tournament , plus Trott is playing on home ground , I think England are favourites, the betting shops got it wrong here, plus one more team are playing in this final Rain! this is from an Indian fan.

  • mar2000 on June 22, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    It will be a "quickie" bowler friendly wicket , but India will prevail . The batting line up of India is in tip-top-form and already put together 300 plus at will every time . This final will be interesting because its the best of the Batsmen up against the best of the Bowlers . Let's hope that the "PITCH" is very well prepared . Good luck to all , so,..... Let the Game Begin.

  • CricketingStargazer on June 22, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    I'd be tempted to play Bresnan for Broad and go with Tredwell. Undoubtedly these are the two bests sides in the tournament and India at least have not yet been seriously tested: it will be interesting to see how they respond if ut under some serious pressure batting first in difficult conditions.

  • 2.14istherunrate on June 22, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    It is very sad that the weather will probably play its part,but in all probability it will be less to India's taste than ours-after all we get constant practice at it. Looking at kc69's comparisons I agree with the general analysis of the bowlers but only in the case of Dhoni would I submit that their players are better with the bat. Sorry. I have faith that Anderson will work out Dhawan in ways others have so signally failed to.

  • senna25 on June 22, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    If Anderson start swaying the ball and get two early wicket India is in trouble

  • kc69 on June 22, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan-Alastair Cook ,Rohit Sharma-Ian Bell,Virat Kohli-Jonathan Trott,Dinesh Karthik-Joe Root,Suresh Raina-Eoin Morgan,Ravindra Jadeja-Ravi Bopara,M S Dhoni-Jos Buttler These names clearly shows India's batting is more stronger than England but on the other hand R Ashwin-Graeme Swann,Bhuvaneshwar Kumar-Stuart Broad,Ishant Sharma-James Anderson,Umesh Yadav-Steven Finn. Show's that India's bowling fall weak against English, all that said it comes down to which unit does well on the given day. Chances are 50-50 for me, Hope a 50-50 over game clarifies my doubt.

  • yorkshirematt on June 22, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    I don't see the England bowlers being that much of a threat, mainly because i do think they tend to panic when put under pressure by aggressive batsmen which will certainly be the case tomorrow. They're better when batsmen go into their shell and just try to survive as has been the case in all three matches England won. But even against SA when Miller and kleinveldt made their aggressive stand you could see it was starting to play on the minds of the England bowlers a little and they lost their line and length.

  • kc69 on June 22, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Win or lose....no matter what I'm always with India and always against rain. Lets have a great game of cricket where two good sides are involved. All the best to both sides.

  • Abitha on June 22, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    The biggest opponent is "Complacency". MSD knows it. Hope he will not go for 7+2 field set. The likes of Cook, Morgan, Root and Trott will try to play the length balls more on the leg side. B.Kumar vs Cook. Kumar has taken the wickets of Gayle, Kusal, Sangakkara all left handers. Hope he adds Cook to the list Wish MSD wins the CRUCIAL TOSS. THIS TEAM WILL WIN THE CHAMPIONS TROPHY. GOOD LUCK TEAM INDIA. Kashinath

  • recycle-bin-is-empty on June 22, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    If the conditions are favorable to swing, then I think Pathan should be included in he team either in place of Yadav or Ishant. Personally, I would like to see Ishant getting replaced as he is too incosistent, he won the man of the match award last match so most prob he is going to underperform once again. But knowing Dhoni, he would stick with the winning combination without any replacements unless someone gets injured. Nonetheless, this contest will easily be the best of the tournament so far and hopefully will give a thrilling finish with India coming out on top :).

  • JG2704 on June 22, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    I'd be tempted (even in wet weather) to go with both spinners.I have nearly always found Swann and Tredwell to be our most reliable bowlers economy wise regardless of conditions and while India are good players of spin they're good players of pace in the shorter formats too. Big Broad fan but I'd be tempted to drop/rest him for this game.

  • JG2704 on June 22, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Re the game , I think the best anyone can home for is a restricted overs game.

    Therefore from Eng's point of view , I'd like to see them gamble with bat and ball. If batting first I'd like to see them make a fast start and if that means moving hitters up the order then so be it. It would seriously hinder our chances in a game where we lose many overs if our top order make solid/slow starts. Also re our bowlers - if any of them get on top of the Indian batsmen I'd gamble on bowling them through and not save them. If for example Jimmy (probably our most likely candidate) does particularly well , bowl him through. If for example the game gets under way with 17 uninterupted overs and Jimmy has bowled 8 or 9 of those overs and then the game is reduced to 30 overs , they can't take those overs away and have less to find from other bowlers. If Jimmy has bowled 6 then he'll have no more overs to bowl.

  • sweet2hrme on June 22, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Clearly toss is going to play very crusial role here. Whoever win the toss is going to bowl first no doubt, so in a seaming n wet out field half of battle won by wining the toss. Eng hv better bowlers in these condition but Eng batsmans are slow starter. If they loose wickets early than it will be diffcult for them to come back. Jadeja is bowling very well so as aswin. On the other hand india is targeting only 10 ovrs of initial starting. If they manage it well and do not loose too many wickets than india can win it quite easily. I guess eng is not going to give flat or spin track. There must be some grass on pitch this is the only way to put india under some pressure. But i must tell u india is also bowling well as a unit and their batting and fielding is best among all teams. Clearly india hv edge ovr eng but u never know on a given day. All the best for both teams.

  • JG2704 on June 22, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    I see the BBC weather forecast (for Sunday) which was doom/gloom on Thursday , patchy on Saturday is back to doom and gloom as we stand. I have mixed feelings as I want to see a full days play or at least a result but if it does rain all day it will highlight what a poor show it is to not have a reserve day for the biggest cricket ODI tournament bar the world cup. Imagine if in Tennis you had one of the grand slams where there was rain on the final day or in football there was a freak rainstorm which truncated the FA cup final and in both events they had no reserve day. I've always said the re CC and domestic shorter format games the sports organisers don't help themselves with a lack of forward thinking but to have the top 8 cricket sides in the world (7 of them travelling to the UK) and then have even the possibilty of not having a winner at the end is farcical. Warwicks next home game (I make it is July 6) and weather is set fair for Monday and Tuesday

  • josphe on June 22, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    I think that the English fast bowlers should try targeting Darwan with the short ball..I have watched the previous games and it is clear that he doesnt play it too well..Twice in this tournament so far vs WI and S.A he was dropped hooking..I think it would be a good ploy.

  • Cryptonian on June 22, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Looking at the current form and the quality of players in the teams I am almost certain that India will bulldoze England aside and lift the trophy. One reason being that England are too obsessed with Ashes and they overlook the task at hand and the fact being that England have never ever won any major 50 overs tournament.

  • cric_J on June 22, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    I adore the Indian team. But I admire the England team as well. I am an enthusiastic Indian fan. But I am also a devoted England supporter.I am desperate that India win the final and bring somewhat of an end to their dismal overseas performances over the last 2 years.But I am also eager that England bring an end to their long wait for an ICC ODI trophy over all these years. I want to cheer for Kohli and Dhoni when they hit fours and sixes as they are 2 of my favourite batsmen. But I want to celebrate Jimmy's wickets as well as he is my favourite bowler. I want India to win tomorrow but I don't want England to lose. I don't want India to lose tomorrow but I want England to win.

    I KNOW I'll be supporting India tomorrow with all my emotions as I have been doing for the last 10 years , being an Indian. But I would be tempted to cheer for England as well ,the way I've been doing in every single match of theirs for the last 5 years.

    My mind says it will be India. My heart says England.

  • Abhinandan on June 22, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Go for Irfan Pathan instead of Umesh Yadav...England is well suited for Pathan

  • gpm388 on June 22, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    I understand India is not playing 5 specialist batsmen but 6 - Dhawan, Sharma, Kohli, Karthik, Raina and Dhoni.

  • BMDeep on June 22, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Personally I feel Finn should b played ahead of Bres coz he provides dat xtra bit of pace nd bounce nd on any given day,he is as dangerous as any other successful bowler in d world crick today.On d other hand,as some ppl said here, Eng shld play some non conventional kind of crik if they wer to lay their hands on d cup tmrw.A good foundation or base is imp but u cant expect ur hitters to succeed on all days.So,they shld b bit, infact more attacking from d start. Now coming to Ind, many dont agree dat Ind bowling is good enough but a bowling unit should not necessarily consist of akram's,ajmal's or steyn's to outplay oppositions batsmen.Thy shld hve a plan and temprmnt to stick to dat plan and Ind bowlrs if not doing dat it in distinction,doing enough to restrict opposition. I dont think this will b too diff tmrw.If ppl say Indian bowling is nothing more than ordinary, so as England's batting. So, I dont c any particular fav nd all d best for both d teams.Hope d better team wins ..

  • BMDeep on June 22, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Both teams have done v.well to reach d final. on one hand, a team which is probably less tested(Ind),nd on d other a team which have experienced probably all d ups nd downs possibly a team can get in a tournament. I said so abt India not bcoz they won d tosses or played in so called subcontinental conditions as many of my fellow commentors said, but they havent had chance to test their middle order.I really hope this doesnt come in their way tmrw. IMHO, i dont think tmrw's final wil b against Eng's bowling vs Ind's batting.Both teams r highly dependent on openers in d form of Dhawan nd Anderson to give a good start.Anderson is certainly a player to watch out for India in these conditions but i dont think Broad,Bresnan nd Finn could do much diff. Tredwell is vmuch similar to Jadeja not in terms of bowling style but both tend to suffocate batsmen with good line nd length.They should certainly b given some respect(provided tedwell plays). TBC

  • ProdigyA on June 22, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    I think people are rating this English bowling attack higher than they deserve. Yes they are good, especially Anderson. But even SL scored almost 300 against this attack so, I think they should not be a serious threat to the powerful Indian batting line up. Anything can happen on that day, but I give 70-30 in favor of India and if India bat second then it would be another one-sided affair, their batting is just too good rite now.

  • jmcilhinney on June 22, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    I don't think that there's much doubt that India are favourites but England certainly have the ability to win regardless. I don't think the toss is quite the be all and end all that Cpt.Meanster would have us believe and both teams would like to win it, but perhaps India would be less bothered if they lost it. England, by their own admission, tend to play the percentages so they probably do need a few more things to go in their favour but India are far from unbeatable. This would definitely be a good game for Morgan and or Buttler to stand up and be counted because explosiveness in the batting is probably the biggest difference between the sides. How England play Jadeja could be crucial too. He's had some success this tournament and England have had trouble with him in the past. Here's hoping the rain stays away and we get a full game.

  • ramz30380 on June 22, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    A rain affected match is the last thing that fans would want. A full match even if there is a delayed start is wht we look fwd to....

    Impressed with this unbiased write-up.... Its true after a very long time India is playing with 5 specialist batsmen and 5 specialist bowlers - they go in as favorites knowing the Edgbaston track.

    On the other hand - Eng bowlers can be a handful in cloudy damp conditions. With Finn and Broad back frm injury, the bowling dept looks good.

    A full game - weather permitting - will be a smacker for sure. In short it will be a stiff contest between the Indian batsmen and the England bowlers.... the ones who get the better of the two will win the contest.

  • street_smart on June 22, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    India have struggled against Tredwell in ODI before, Eng should definitely play Tredwell. The Indian openers need to be watchful against Anderson & once they see him off not givin a wicket, India would be the favorites.

  • gauravm5 on June 22, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    There are people saying India won against SA & SL due to onfield injuries to Morkel & Dilshan. Morkel bowled 7 overs against India without taking even a single wicket, so what great he could have done in his remaining 3 overs, 4 wickets, absolutely not. Morkel came into this tournament with a bad form, he was thrashed by batsmen in the IPL. As far as Dilshan's case is concerned, it was a bowler friendly pitch & I dont think he could have made 100 off 80 balls on the pitch, where a batsman like Sanga struggled, so stop giving excuses. Have a look at the current playing 11, apart from Virat, raina, dhoni, jadeja & Ashwin, no one in the other six was a regular fixture in the team before the start of the tournament. These 6s are looking forward to cement their place in India's ODI team but still India went on to beat Australia, SA, SL (2 times), Pakistan & WI on England's bowlers friendly tracks. India is also playing without Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Harbhajan & Zaheer Khan

  • Absolutelycricket on June 22, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    I would not say for sure who will win , England has good bowling attack Anderson, broad can swing and bounce once top order failed middle order is exposed which is not used to these conditions. indian pace bowlers has proved in the last match that they can dominate good batting side. Toss will be the most important factor whoever will win will bowl first and has advantage of winning this is will be Bowlers vs Bowlers match possibly low scoring neck to neck

  • Nampally on June 22, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    In a battle between Indian Batting Vs. England Bowling, who will win the War? That is the main question which is on the line on Sunday. Assuming the Weather & the Pitch are non factors, this is the best finale to ICC Trophy between the top 2 ODI teams. India has slight edge because of their recent IPL experience. If the English pitch remain as they were in the previous matches - i.e., assisting spinners + minimizing swing & seaming, India definitely has the edge.They need to play patiently with winning attitude, as in previous matches. India has good spinners but average Seamers, who need to be economical. England has good Seamers & one spinner. India has 2 of the top ODI finishers & a better middle order.The deciding factor will be the Top 3 batsmen on either side. Indian fielding has improved considerably. So far India has played with confidence & determination - 4 win record shows it. England survived elimination narrowly although they won 3 of 4. Form on Sunday decides the winner!

  • Sunil_Canada on June 22, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Irrespective of the result tomorrow, India has played best consecutive ODI matches against four different oppositions. Where are the bashers of IPL and the people who were sarcastically calling names like Nohit (Rohit) Sharma and Sir Ravindra Jadeja? Please stop being negative. Jadeja is a product of IPL. Dhawan & Sharma are back in the team because of success in IPL (though generally it's said IPL performance does not count in Indian team selection, but why not?). India is a big country with many cricketers and without a tournament like IPL only handful could play and make money from this profession. Why are people getting jealous of them making money from IPL? It should not be a choice IPL or country, they should do both. Carefully playing more is not harmful. And even if you get injured playing IPL, so be it, there are others who could play for India, it's just cricket not going for war to represent & save India. Be a sport and support cricket in whatever form if you like the game.

  • landl47 on June 22, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Provided the rain doesn't intervene during the match, this could be a good match-up. Alastair Cook must not try to defend a big total as he did against SL by giving up 5 or 6 runs without risk- England needs to attack India, not let them get set and ready to fire. Given that, Finn should be in the side; he's more likely than Bresnan to take big wickets.

    Swann's a better bowler than Tredwell, but at least it's not the end of the world if Tredwell plays, he never lets England down.

    What probably must happen for England to win is for Morgan and Buttler to make runs. So far they haven't contributed anything much with the bat, so this would be an ideal time for them to succeed.

  • Cpt.Meanster on June 22, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    One more thing I would like to add is that out of the 2 teams, England will be praying for the toss to come their way. Cause, that's all they are capable of. Their bowlers rely so much on conditions that it begs the question whether an international team should ever rely so much on a random and probabilistic entity such as a coin toss (high school math stuff). India won't mind about the toss. In the past, they had lost tosses and yet won the matches. MSD will be happy to do anything. They have the batting to chase down totals easily and the bowling to defend totals which is a refreshing thing. The fielding of India's has been simply the best in the tournament, particularly the slip catching and run out executions. The only area they need to watch out for is the last 5 overs death bowling. If they bowl like they did against SL, it's all good. I am very confident of this young brigade who have all the necessary skills to bring the cup home. COME ON INDIA !

  • andrew27994 on June 22, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Hopefully the weather stays good throughout the day and we get full 50 overs. India look the better side in terms of form of the players. But England's danger lies in their batting lineup especially their finishers - Morgan, Bopara and Buttler. If they click tomorrow then India will be challenged. Personally I think both Tredwell and Swann should get a game but that would mean dropping either Broad or Finn which I don't think will happen. If they choose to play only one then Tredwell should be picked over a less fit Swann.

  • MaruthuDelft on June 22, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    It is likely either Kohli, Kartik, Dhoni or even Raina would play a big innings; its due. India should beat the boring England. India deserves it this time around but still have to improve its fast bowling and fielding and general intensity to match the usual South Africa and Australia. I would also suggest every Indian player should shave before every match.

  • mark2011 on June 22, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    ALl the best for Eng.. finally there's chance to win a global title to englishmen in thier own conditions....I wish Eng will lift the trophy....there are too much boasting about India, ok they are doing well, but if you put them under pressure, they too are fragile, no big different....simply will fall apart. so it can be done and easily beat India...there's no need to worry about excessive optimism of India here... Good Luck Eng and All the best !!!!!

  • PalanisamyKannan on June 22, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    It is a big final match between the two top teams in the world. India road's the final is top class of cricket, however English team is not bad. They got out very poorly by Sri Lankans. India's last English tournament is not an excellent, before the every match they (Indians), thinking some happenings in previous tour. That's the reason India is unbeaten in this series. One important factor of tomorrow match is TOSS. So, the toss winning team is more chance to win the match. You don't forget. India lost the TOSS against South Africa, but they won the game. The one and only favorable thing for England is Home Soil. Let we see tomorrow, what will going to happen??.

  • vish2020 on June 22, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    This team would have not been possible if it wasn't for the IPL. I know many have egos in media so after bashing IPL for so long they don't want to write positives about it but this is the fact. These players were improved through years of IPL playing world class bowling and gaining confidence they can be as great as they want. And this also squashes a lie that after IPL players can't perform. Love my India. God please hold the rain. Bleed blue all day....

  • sathishan.k on June 22, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    ind will win and prove we are the world chompion in the cricket. and i think tis not only chompion trophy but also deserve 2015 wc and no one can stop india and thats cake walk for india

  • pra4cricket on June 22, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Host v/s World champions. This is a mouth watering contest. Looking at the body language/attitude/form of India, they will be hard to beat. Most of Indian players are battle hardened through some close IPL games. Good luck !

  • on June 22, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    depends on how well Kohli and Kartik bat.

  • SinSpider on June 22, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    The unfortunate thing about this final is that the weather forecast in Birmingham shows light andheavy rain during most of the day. The team that will win the toss will undoubtedly choose to bowl and will have a considerable advantage because of the early movement and Duckworth Lewis later. Hope the rain stays away and allows a fairer competition

  • Sunil4476 on June 22, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    After the grand build up for the final by fans and media hope both teams turn up on the day and rain permits a complete match

    seems like a mouthwatering contest

    Else going by semifinals it would be a forgettable last CT tourney if final is washed or meets similar fate to SF

  • chinudavinci on June 22, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    in hindsight..the script is set..India get a sound opening partnership and lay a platform to further demolish the English attack which i think does not possess any threat bar anderson!

  • voma on June 22, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    I just want a good game lasting as long as possible , i hope the weather holds out . I think both teams are quite evenly matched , India have played probably the most exciting cricket to watch . But then nobody expected England to be in the final

  • WeeBee on June 22, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    These two teams really deserved to be in final. India is relying on its young players like Dhawan, Jadeja. Inclusion of Young Players groomed India in their fielding as well. On the other hand, Anderson and Cook will play an important role in the fight.

  • puneet_usa on June 22, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    The difference we are seeing in the attitude of these young guns is that not one single player makes or breaks the outcome of the match even though there are dominant performances every now and then. They are playing well as a team and they want to make sure that even though they might fail in their gifted skills with bat or ball, they can always contribute in the field. I have never seen any indian team more anxious to go out and perform regardless of the conditions, regardless of the oppoents and regardless of the kock out situations- They simply don't care who they play- they believe in giving their best every time and such has been the dominance in this tournament that even the most bitter critics of the indian cricket teams have no where to hide. As an Indian cricket fan- I can see this team fully capable of defending the tag of World Champs.

  • puneet_usa on June 22, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    The difference we are seeing in the attitude of these young guns is that not one single player makes or breaks the outcome of the match even though there are dominant performances every now and then. They are playing well as a team and they want to make sure that even though they might fail in their gifted skills with bat or ball, they can always contribute in the field. I have never seen any indian team more anxious to go out and perform regardless of the conditions, regardless of the oppoents and regardless of the kock out situations- They simply don't care who they play- they believe in giving their best every time and such has been the dominance in this tournament that even the most bitter critics of the indian cricket teams have no where to hide. As an Indian cricket fan- I can see this team fully capable of defending the tag of World Champs.

  • WeeBee on June 22, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    These two teams really deserved to be in final. India is relying on its young players like Dhawan, Jadeja. Inclusion of Young Players groomed India in their fielding as well. On the other hand, Anderson and Cook will play an important role in the fight.

  • voma on June 22, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    I just want a good game lasting as long as possible , i hope the weather holds out . I think both teams are quite evenly matched , India have played probably the most exciting cricket to watch . But then nobody expected England to be in the final

  • chinudavinci on June 22, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    in hindsight..the script is set..India get a sound opening partnership and lay a platform to further demolish the English attack which i think does not possess any threat bar anderson!

  • Sunil4476 on June 22, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    After the grand build up for the final by fans and media hope both teams turn up on the day and rain permits a complete match

    seems like a mouthwatering contest

    Else going by semifinals it would be a forgettable last CT tourney if final is washed or meets similar fate to SF

  • SinSpider on June 22, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    The unfortunate thing about this final is that the weather forecast in Birmingham shows light andheavy rain during most of the day. The team that will win the toss will undoubtedly choose to bowl and will have a considerable advantage because of the early movement and Duckworth Lewis later. Hope the rain stays away and allows a fairer competition

  • on June 22, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    depends on how well Kohli and Kartik bat.

  • pra4cricket on June 22, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Host v/s World champions. This is a mouth watering contest. Looking at the body language/attitude/form of India, they will be hard to beat. Most of Indian players are battle hardened through some close IPL games. Good luck !

  • sathishan.k on June 22, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    ind will win and prove we are the world chompion in the cricket. and i think tis not only chompion trophy but also deserve 2015 wc and no one can stop india and thats cake walk for india

  • vish2020 on June 22, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    This team would have not been possible if it wasn't for the IPL. I know many have egos in media so after bashing IPL for so long they don't want to write positives about it but this is the fact. These players were improved through years of IPL playing world class bowling and gaining confidence they can be as great as they want. And this also squashes a lie that after IPL players can't perform. Love my India. God please hold the rain. Bleed blue all day....