ICC Champions Trophy, Final: England v India at Birmingham, Jun 23, 2013
India won by 5 runs
23 June 2013 (50-over match)

Out come the umpires. The England players troop down the steps and are jogging on to the field. Rohit and Dhawan follow soon. Huddles are being held, gloves punched. Game on. Or so we think.

James Anderson will open the bowling. Right arm over the wicket. Rohit Sharma to face. Two slips in place.

Last word before the first ball ... gulp.

Rishi: "The crowds hovering around the ground look apocalyptic!"

4.10 pm Scattered white clouds and blue sky above them. We are set for a start in ten minutes.

Abdul Wasay: "And a big big difference for point system in Fantasy Cricket." Priorities, eh?

Whoa, there are some dark, ominous clouds approaching. But no rain for now. Are you following the game on our Match Companion too? Give it a go.

4.00 pm Cheers, Alex. Just in time for the good stuff, touch wood. There's no more room for rain. Twenty-overs a side, four overs of mandatory Powerplay and two of batting Powerplay to be taken at any time, I think. A bowler can bowl a maximum of four overs.

A T20 game for all practical purposes. The Indians should be right at home with the format? Perhaps not. The IPL stars don't have too flashy a T20 international record.

England, however, are not playing their T20 team either. No Jonny Bairstow in the team.

Perhaps they should re-do the toss and teams on such occasions, because the teams planned for a 50-over game and not a 20-over one? But I guess that's how it goes.

Balu: "is there any difference with actual T20 & ODI 20 other than Break of power plays (4+2)?"

Lalit Modi, predictably, has woken up. "Ironically the finals today has turned out to be a 20/20," he says on Twitter.

Robin Abrahams, who's like a ESPNcricinfo Jedi, says there is another difference between a T20 game and a ODI reduced to 20 overs a side. There will still be two new balls used. And the DRS is there, of course.

Nishad: "@ Balu: You are allowed 5 fielders outside the circle in non-powerplay overs in a T20I; only 4 in an ODI."


Blue skies up ahead and from the south-west where the weather is coming from. We could actually get a cricket match. Gorgeous conditions now in Birmingham. And on that positive note, George Binoy is stepping into the chair...

3.50pm It's stopped raining again and again, the groundstaff are peeling back the covers, Aleem Dar is out there having a look, his colleague quickly behind him. The pair are having a chat to head groundsman Gary Barwell. Rod Tucker is now chatting to Ashley Giles in the England dressing room, he's come down the stairs and given a thumbs up to some Indian supporters in the stands. And he has reason for a thumbs up because the news now is a T20 starting at 4.20pm, see how long this plan lasts. But this is now last chance saloon.

Sidharth: "Ok - some rain that I am hoping for. In the Caribbean so that we are spared more India-Sri Lanka matches." Indeed, is anyone honestly looking forward to those games!?! Completely pointless. The original West Indies v Sri Lanka Test series would have been far far better. Now that is bad scheduling.

3.35pm So once again we're back to everyone's favourite game, sit tight and wait for the rain to stop. Another game is head over to our live county blog to check the latest on KP and elsewhere around the British Isles...

Carnage...it's raining...or is it? The players made for the pavilion but then stopped and they're having to move the covers back into position because drizzle is back but the players are still out there warming up. No they're not, they're back in the sheds now. Oh dear.

3.15pm Back up at Headingley, Kevin Pietersen facing Adil Rashid...four, four, dot, dot, six, three to take him to 99 and to keep the strike...and two more runs take him to a century in 106 balls with 12 fours and two sixes. A decent way to get back into form. Australia beware...

Covers are coming off so the umpires are going to have a look at the wicket. And they've decided we're going to start at 3.45pm with a 24-overs-a-side match, so as it stands, we will have some cricket. All eyes on the heavens...

2.55pm Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott have wandered out to have a word with Aleem Dar who is beginning his inspection alongside Rod Tucker, who's a very good golfer by the way, plays off a handicap of two - I'm very jealous! Conditions at the moment aren't good enough to start right away and more rain could potentially arrive in half an hour. Hmm...

Arjun: "Why do they have to wait till 3pm for the pitch inspection? Why don't they do it immediately after the covers are off?" I would assume they're giving the ground time to dry off a bit and then at 3pm if it's still dry they can say, right lads we'll go in 15 mins.

2.35pm Good news for England in that Kevin Pietersen is batting for Surrey and going pretty well at Headingley, passing fifty in 71 balls with four fours and a six. And better news from Edgbaston, possibility emerging of something like a 25-over game at 4pm. The outfield has soaked up the rain and we're dependent on whether the showers that are still in the area miss the ground.

Oh hello, a bit of sunshine, and, for the first time since 11.30 the umpire are coming out to have a look. These gaps in the rain were forecast but unfortunately, gap are all they are and more rain is set to come in soon. But some warmth for the spectators huddled around the ground under umbrellas or in the bars. There will be a pitch inspection at 3pm if there's no further rain.

2.20pm Hello everyone, Gnasher handing over the reins after a tedious few hours that look set to continue. Something like 4.30 the cut-off before we can all go home, England will win their first global ODI trophy (sort of!) and India will maintain a fine unbeaten record. Everyone a winner...go then why not!

Sam: "Even better would have been to schedule this match for Saturday with Sunday as the reserve day. If so, we would have had a result by now." That was my idea Sam, no idea why the final had to be on a Sunday. An extra day off doesn't make too much difference for the players who are used to rattling off matches in a short period of time. And it wasn't as if there was major sport yesterday that might have clashed. The Lions game was done and dusted by 1pm.

2.05pm Sorry, not much to add right now. With are just over two hours away from the cut-off, but I suspect the call will be made between 3 and 3.30 because covers need to be removed and things like that.

Our UK editor, David Hopps, has tweeted: "Eng v Ind cd play Monday if ICC had the will. England wd have to withdraw abt 3 players for NZ T20. All it needs is ambition & imagination." He's really getting the hang of Twitter.

I'm going to hand over update duties to Alex Winter for a little while

1.55pm Still raining.

1.50pm Arun: "The weather channel 15 minutes update continues to show between 0% & 5% rain chance from 1300 hours but it's still raining!. With 25% to 35% rain prediction between 1500 & 1700 hours the ground will probably be knee deep in water!?!" Guess that shows how hard it is to forecast our weather. There are bands of showers moving through all afternoon. Depends if we get lucky.

waqar: "Are there lights at edgbaston ? Why cant the cut off time be pushed to what it would have been in a day night game if the weather gets better in the evening and play it under the lights ?" Yes, they have got lights and they have been on all day. Such is cricket's flexibility (or lack of) that when a game is designated a day game it can't change.

One second there are reports of heavy rain, then that it has almost stopped. What a day. Confirmation: it's heavy again.

1.45pm Chris: "What time do we have to start to get in a T20?" 4.18pm is the latest start time. Some heavy rain again.

1.40pm Sharad: "Instead of posting endless gripes about there being no reserve day, it would be better if you post more frequent updates about the ground and rain situation."

It's still raining. When we have concrete information we will being it to you. Even when it stops, will be something like an hour before we play I'd have thought

Valid point on geography: John: "The only matches in the West ( nowhere near the west coast) were in Cardiff. Birmingham is about as far as you can get from any coast and the Oval is in the SE!"

riz: "guys who would be the man of the tournament any guess?" Dhawan probably favourite. Anderson has been outstanding, too.

1.30pm Paul Marshall: "I cant believe there is no reserve day for this match. What other sport would allow no final to be played. It makes a complete nonsense of all the knock out matches and group stage games that have gone before. The ICC have again made a mess of what should have been a celebration of the sport of cricket."

Just to clarity, once again, if there is not time for a 20-over match today the trophy is SHARED. Nothing else.

Tim Mitchell: "The real problem is the choice of venues for the games. If the bulk of the matches were played away from the west coast then we would have got a lot more results. What's the percentage of games that are played in Cardiff that are not affected by rain?!"

1.20pm CricketinSenegal: "Why cant the authorities have bigger covers to cover out field too and not just the pitch ? So when the rain stops we start immediately ???" That's an interesting one. You see a lot of the grounds in Asia get completely covered when it rains. In fact, during the 1990s Edgbaston had something called the Brumbrella which went right across the whole square but, when it was used for lengthy periods, they found it damaged the outfield so did away with it.

And, yes, the covers are still on now. Some clearing up action, but the problem is the gap between showers isn't long enough

1.10pm Joe: "What do the broadcasters have anything to do with tomorrow? The game can still be played tomorrow but media that cannot cover it need not. That's what espncricinfo is for (no, I don't work for them or own their stock)."

Andrew Dovey: "Quite simply put, if this game is declared a draw, with the ICC failing to have it played on a reserve day, then the past couple of weeks could be considered a waste of everyone's time.. the teams, match officials, commentators and fans worldwide involved. In fact the only winners will be the ICC and Sky Sports financially.. pull your fingers out and do the right thing for the people this sport depends on.."

Parikshit : "Wow it is truly astonishing to see people go on about not having a reserve day. This is not over yet people #hope"

12.55pm It's still drizzling.

Rob: "So what you are telling me is, at an ICC meeting somewhere, someone said "if it rains we will just share the trophy", and everyone else "that's a great idea!"?? Farcical.. Can you imagine them splitting the Football World Cup ?"

Padmanabhan: "I agree with Alan. With such inclement weather, it is beyond me that ICC could not even accommodate reserve day for even the Big Day. The whole tournament stands robbed of its glory without a clear winner. If it is a repeat of 2002, in which even reserve day was a wash out, so be it but not even having an allowance for one is a cardinal sin."

Harsha: "At Alan- I think the toughest problem that the ICC will face is with the broadcasters. Sponsors and advertisers would have invested so much money into this final. And programs scheduled for tomorrow will have their set of sponsors too. I doubt they'll be able to talk to all the broadcasters across the world, when they can simple do what India and SL did."

Ritish : "The hourly forecast for Birmingham looks slightly better on the weather channel for the rest of the day...Fingers crossed!"

Sundar: "To those who are questioning why there is no reserve day.. International cricket cannot be held ransom to English weather. There is no guarantee that a reserve day will solve the purpose given how unreliable the weather predictions are, the Ind semi final game being one example. Plus there is other international cricket to be played. CT is not the be all and end all. and I don't think so much importance so as to be given a reserve day, need to be given to a tournament which is seeing its last day today. I for one am not shedding tears that CT is ending. One good tournament is not enough to make up for a lifetime of mediocrity. Sayonara CT." That was some rant.

wayne: "I agree re the impact on the sponsors and the broadcasters, but they are not broadcasting anything today anyway. At least if there was a second day then the game could happen. It might not be possible to broadcast it on live television, but there will be some people at the game, and others will follow on radio and TV news updates, as well as internet services such as this one. Surely that would be better than no cricket at all?"

12.45 pm Alan Bartlett: "Surely in these most modern of times the ICC committee could show some innovation and if the weather is so good for tomorrow, start to organise it now in case no play is possible. The Grand National had to be cancelled due to bomb scares but was ran on the Monday. A much greater thing to reorganise. Two teams in hotels and flights and an empty ground seems easier to me. There are plenty of media, those who can be there can those who cannot will not be. If something happens anywhere in the world within a few hours reporters will be everywhere. Go on ICC I dare you, or just ruin the competition."

John: "England v. India- Lord's test, 1971. In a low-scoring game India, needing 183 in the 4th innings, were 145-8 at tea on the 5th day when rain washed out play. After escaping with another draw after being heavily outplayed in the second test, India won the third test by 4 wickets and the series 1-0, their first-ever series win in England."

Robert Ford: "re the 92 semi-final. SA won the toss knowing how silly the rain rule was and still bowled and deliberately slowed the over rate and only bowled 45 overs. Then it rained. Justice was done."

Sanjiv Kohli: "Why have ICC not allowed for a reserve day for the final. This seems a ludicrous decision for a major competition played in England and Wales where the weather is unpredictable. Particularly as this is the last Champions Trophy. Ironically, the forecast for Monday (and rest of the week) is clear and dry!!!"

The rest of the cricket world is asking the same question.

Nick: "There is no reserve day because of the New Zealand t20s, which makes no sense. The final of an ICC tournament easily outranks a paltry bilateral t20 series, priorities, people!"

SpiderCam: "Telecast rights and costs prevent the match to be played tomorrow. Not strategy or logic!"

12.30 pm The players will have lunch now, so if and when the game does happen, the interval will be short. The weather is still terrible. Grey, drizzly and heavy cloud overhead. Fans are huddled under umbrellas. Hope springs eternal.

The latest a 20-over a side match can start is 4.15 pm, which means the rain will have to stop at least by 3.15 pm. It does not look promising.

I'd be interested in hearing why the ICC did not think a reserve day was necessary.

Pankaj: "I was at the Jan 22 2012 NFC Championship Game between SF 49ers and NY Giants played at San Francisco. Rain was coming down in buckets but since NFL doesn't stop for rain (or snow), the game went on. From an amazing seat (paid a fortune!), in the nose-bleed section, totally open to the elements, I watched 49ers lose to Giants."

David: "We Saffers are polite. We feel no need to remind England that in 92 only a mere technicality - Gooch insisting on leaving the field at the slightest opportunity - robbed SA of a historic win, and allowed England to proceed to the final, which they duly lost, against a Pakistan team that SA had already beaten in the tournament. We don't want to rain on England's parade, but as rain is the theme of the day, and you asked, yes, we were robbed. The precipitation is indeed fitting should England to be denied a chance art the trophy.This rain was earned 21 years ago."

Ramprashad: "Can Cricinfo create an app that will trigger an alarm in cellphone under certain situations, so that people (especially those who stay awake all night or get up very early to watch a match) can go to bed without worrying about missing the match?" I'll pass that suggestion along.

Neeraj: "My "unhappy" memory of rain is 1985 - 1986 tour of Australia under Kapil's captaincy. India de lared 600/4 first inning and Aussies were following on and were 119/6 when portions of day 4 and entire day 5 was rained out. I guess I am showing my age."

Rob: "So what you are telling me is, at an ICC meeting somewhere, someone said "if it rains we will just share the trophy", and everyone else "that's a great idea!"?? Farcical.. Can you imagine them splitting the Football World Cup?"

12.20 pm Clearly almost no South Africans following the commentary today, or else the 1992 World cup semi-final would have had a mention in my inbox by now.

Nadim Hussain: "I have another happy memory of a rain-affected match! The Pakistan v/s England match from the 1992 World Cup in Austratlia/New Zealand. Pakistan were bundled out for a paltry 79 before rain saved the day for them and the 2 points were shared between the teams. That one point eventually helped Pakistan qualify for the semi-finals and eventually win the WC!"

Kamal Chawla: "SA fans are watching , but they are yet to decide which match to send , 1992 or 2003?"

anurag gautam: "Major ICC tournament final, INDIA vs ENGLAND, its raining and no reserve day, these guys are really some kind of genius.#ICC"

SACHIN: "@george : How can ICC repeat the same mistake like 2002. No reserve day for final of a big tournament is so pathetic and crazy. One side ICC says they are worried about the Game's popularity and other side they make such schedule where u dont have reserve day for final of Champions Trophy..? That shows that ICC is so much eager to curtail the Champions trophy then anyone else.."

But there was a reserve day in 2002, Sachin. Sri Lanka batted on that day, and then the second innings was washed out again.

12.10pm The rain is heavy, says Nagraj from Edgbaston. "Next inspection based on when it stops, mopping exercise has been going on continuously, the crowd continues to keep the faith."

Mike Selvey on Twitter: "Find something else to do, people. There won't be anything happening around here for some while if at all."

Nick Hoult on Twitter: "Sunny day forecast for Birmingham tomorrow just to rub it in a bit more."

Matthew: "I have a happy rain story. Friends Provident Final, 2007 - the provision of a rain day allowed Durham to comprehensively beat Hampshire and then truly enjoy a well-earned first major counties trophy having completed the match. Was a very proud day to be a Durham fan."

Dinesh: "Good morning from Hartford, CT... My relieving experiences from rain was during the India v Pak Sahara Cup games in Canada. It was always murky in Toronto but rain somehow stayed away... Mohanty and Ganguly were on top of their game as bowlers then"

Rohit Ramesh: "My worst memory was a game in sydney which I attended in Sydney 2004. After beating Australia at the GABBA India were looking set to beat them again after Yuvi and VVS took them to 296. Then the rain came and reduced it to a 34 over game which Aus narrowly one thanks to a Brett Lee six of Balaji."

Tony Lock: "My first experience of watching test cricket as a teenager was a rain-affected England v Pakistan in the seventies. We waited until after 4pm for play to start & saw Derek Underwood take 7 wickets in one session!"

Zak: "The most frustrating moment with rain and cricket has to be ICC CT finals when India Vs SL met twice but SL managed to share the trophy with India after two poor performances with the bat."

12.05 pm Phil Brown: "While we have a captive audience, can anyone match this. In 1962, I believe my father and I became the first father/son to score centuries on the same day (different matches). Our local cricket assn. contacted Wisden, and they had no record of this being achieved before- anywhere. This was at Kempsey NSW. Anyone know of this happening at any level before then?"

Venkat: "If we can have all weird rules like the team topping the group will go for semis etc. Then why not have similar weird logic to announce the winner? Team with maximum no.. of wins or better run rate..that is more reasonable"

Avinash from SF: "It's interesting that in the 1999 World Cup India and England played at the same venue, and that match was troubled by rain too. However, that match was continued on the second day. Here we don't even have a reserve day."

Priyank: "I went to the West Indies vs SA game in Cardiff with a devout SA fan.. It's the only time I've seen someone pay for a ticket and hope that the ground gets absolutely flooded. Needless to say his nerves took quite a beating in that game.."

Arvind Kamath: "20th jan 1997 - India were on verge of victory against SA in Johannesburg but Darryl cullinan and rain had other ideas and India fell short of victory by 2 wickets" You'd think by the comments coming that only India had matches affected by rain!

Krish: "I remember India being 35/5 chasing in a match against Australia in 2006, and match was abandoned. It was quite a relief to see India get a point rather than watching a pitiful collapse."

12.00 pm Mark: "why oh why did we not have a reserve day for even the final! I mean the weather forecast for tomorrow in Birmingham is absolutely wonderful!"

Which is your most frustrating - or relieving, if the case may be - rainy cricket experience? I remember waking up at 4.00 am in Chennai to the sound of driving rain. And India had to chase 200-odd on the final day against Australia to win the Test in 2004. The cricket never began.

Aakash: "I have a happy memory about rainy cricket days- The first test between India and England at Lord's in the 2007 series. India were on the brink of a huge defeat and Dhoni and rain bailed India out of trouble and England were denied a win. India went on to win the series 1-0."

PC: "Most frustrating rain experience - traveling to Kingston, Jamaica for a long weekend in 2002, only for both Ind-WI ODIs to be rained out. Thankfully, Jamaica offers other "diversions" that help you forget your angst."

Gautham: "i still remember the game against Australia where india was chasing 200 odd on the final day. Sehwag ended the 4th day with 3 beautiful boundaries and india was expected to win that test. So unfortunate"

11.50am Pmdixit: "Just checked the 'The Weather Channel' ipad app. It predicts no rain for another 3 hours. Why not straight away go for a t20 if both captains agree." I do think there should be a cut-off where when a certain amount of time is lost (say three hours) that the game goes straight down to a T20. It's a format everyone knows.

Chintan: "My fiancée planned for weekend and I cancelled it to watch this match and now its raining. I guess I'll have to prepare for fight now!" Oh dear, Chintan. Good luck!

11.45am Tanmoy: "What is the cut off time that a 20-20 game is possible?" If it's the same as the England-New Zealand game it will be around 4.15pm

Doh, as Homer Simpson would say. It is raining again. Not sure we'll have the noon inspection.

WorriedHarry: "From what time we will start to lose the overs and by what rate?" I think we are now losing overs

Raj: "Can you believe it? Birmingham weather report shows it is sunny and warm for the whole next week. Its not even cloudy."

11.35am Dpak: "If it is going to rain on and off the whole day, why cant the ground be constantly drained and mopped? why do they have to wait for the rain to stop every time? I presume this will save a lot of time." Sometimes the rain is just too heavy to make it worthwhile, but full credit to the groundstaff as they get out there whenever it's possible to take off the surface water.

NEWS: If no more rain, there will be an inspection at 12pm

11.30am Update from the ground: the rain has stopped for now and some mopping up is underway.

manoj: "There are two things which remained same through out the tournament .... one is the Indian playing eleven while the other is rain.."

Mohit Garg: "Andrew, any chance you're related to the McGlashans from NZ- Pete and Sara?" I get asked that quite a lot...no, we are not related

11.20am Ian: "I was born in 1975 when the first world ODI tournament was held. After all this waiting for 38 years, here is a chance to split a title, thanks to good ole English rain!"

lifeflowers: ""IS same person Commentator: George Binoy | Scorer:Binoy George" Ha, no, they are two people. And sorry to spoil the fun, it's Gnasher now

Avinash Iyer: "I am in Calgary, and the city is in a state of emergency where no one should be stepping out unless necessary because of the floods. In this situation, considering I had nothing else to do, I was looking forward to a day of cricket. Rain is screwing my day from every angle.." I'd heard about all the rain you had been having. Stay safe.

Ranjeet: "I did not know that you were a Britisher "George Binoy" (Not in the UK. We've learned to live with this weather, quite used to it!) - bet you're not going to publish this." Sorry, that was me (Gnasher) writing that comment. Had forgotten to change the name!

11.10am On a more positive note, when this band of heavy rain moves through the radar does suggest a drier period behind it. Keep your fingers crossed.

GrumpyKanu: "Either UK is banned from hosting important cricket tournaments or ECB provides roofs etc. for matches. No wonder cricket is dying here." Erm, where is cricket dying? Not in the UK. We've learned to live with this weather, quite used to it!

11.00am Ramesh from Charleston,SC: "I am up on a Sunday morning to watch this match on ESPN. We need to consider roofs like at Wimbledon for all cricket venues. What is a billion dollars, when it comes to keeping the fans happy!"

Rahul Kapoor: "I remember the CT final between India and SL which was rained out despite the reserve day. In those times, India hardly ever reached finals of ICC events. So much excitement was ruined by the rain. And now, here." And, the even more annoying thing about that game, was they'd bowled enough overs over the two days to get a game in.

10.55am As was the situation in the England-New Zealand match, we are in the situation where the toss has taken place and now the match could be significantly shortened. Obviously, it's the same for both teams but should there be a cut-off when the match is 're-tossed'?

And, just a reminder, there is no reserve day. This latest band of rain appears to be quite heavy, so unlikely to get a swift start

10.50am Hello everyone, Gnasher here for a little while. Weather watch continues. The main centre cover is on at the moment...oh, and now the side sheets are coming out again. Grrr. They had disappeared

Divyajeevan : "Interesting to see that the commentator is George Binoy and the scorer is Binoy George" It certainly makes for much fun!

Rajshekar: "@Tim: Can you explain how India will hold the advantage if say, the match is reduced to 40-overs a side...it will be even stevens whenever the match starts...Anderson however might be itching to bowl, I'm sure!!!"

10.42 am The good news was fleeting. The rain is back, and so are the covers protecting the square.

Tim: "India will now be happy to see the rain and the longer the delay the better. A 50 over match is massively in England's favour whilst a much shorter game will negate that advantage as instead of initially just having to survive and keep their wickets they will be able to play their normal attacking game throughout."

vivek: "Was all geared up for the match and it started raining in Birmingham. Ordered lunch for delivery and its started raining in Hyderabad. Rain has delayed my entertainment and lunch."

Ajay: "@Runi - That would be true of the match was a 20-20 to begin with. Unfortunately, if we begin with a 40 overs match, which then turns into 30 and then finally 20, the side batting first is at a distinct disadvantage."

And on that note, I'm going to take a walk and hand over the commentary to Andrew McGlashan.

10.40 AM The covers protecting the square have been taken off, but the hovercraft is still over the pitch. The floodlights have been switched on. They are roping the outfield, to remove surface water.

10.25 am As the national anthems are playing, I can see covers in the background.

The players troop into the dressing rooms and they are going to stay there for a bit I'm afraid. It's begun to rain. Umbrellas everywhere.

Dylan: "I play tennis and when I'm playing a match I'd rather just lose the toss so I don't have to bothered with making such a useless decision. Meanwhile though, in cricket, a simple quarter can easily decide the match."

Joe: "Tredwell has been England's secret weapon so far. Goes about without fuss and gets the job done. One to watch today."

John: "Totally baffled by the Bresnan-over-Finn selection. It's Dernbach all over again- the selectors going for tricks (reverse swing in the last few overs in this case) rather than getting top batsmen out early."

Runi: "If the match is reduced to a 20/20, surely that's advantage India? Also, you never post my comments, and frankly, it's upsetting"

10.20 am "Many different players have been involved in India's recent two global successes, but there is one constant in their calm and composed captain," wrote Nagraj Gollapudi on the eve of the final.

Alastair Cook believes his England side are ready to create history and shed their unwanted record as they prepare to meet India in the final of the Champions Trophy, says George Dobell.

It will be time for the anthems soon. The flags are in place, awaiting the teams.

10.10 am Are you all scrambling to update your fantasy teams? Meanwhile, the hovercraft is hovering over the pitch, but I think that's a precautionary measure for the next 15 minutes.

Also, once the game starts I'll be pressed for time to read and publish comments. So for a robust discussion during the game, you should definitely follow our Match Companion. Devashish Fuloria will be bringing you awesome stats, polls, tweets and more.

Rahul Kapoor: "One mistake which England will probably never stop making is replacing Finn with Bresnan. Against a quality batting line-up, Finn is quality fast bowler and Bresnan is nothing but bits and pieces cricketer."

Brijesh Patel: "I never wanted people saying that India won this trophy on the basis of fortune in all the matches...and yes, today we got the chance to eliminate those kind of comments."

James: "Hope we get a proper game and a winner. I'd rather India (who would be deserving winners) won than a no result shared trophy. Oh, and ICC, please look at the format which has made this a really exciting tournament."

The toss is happening on time, 10.00 am Sanjay Manjrekar interviewing the captains as they walk to the middle. Cook: "India re unbeaten, the form team, hopefully we can put them under pressure. Dhoni: "We've done the small things right."

Dhoni calls tails but he's called wrong. Alastair Cook says England will bowl first. Tim Bresnan replaces Steven Finn. MS Dhoni concedes it was an important toss to win, and that India would have bowled first too had he won the toss.

India are playing an unchanged side.

freak: "I dont remember a team playing with same XI for the fifth consecutive time in a major ICC tournament.... Now that real awesomeness from the Men In Blue....."

SpiderCam: "Everyone says that winning this toss is winning the match. It can prove a blessing in disguise for India, because if they beat England despite losing the toss, India can prove to be the undisputed top team in 2013."

Mark: "@SpiderCam That's exactly it. Win in adversity to gain respect. So far they have not had to do it in the tournament."

Ansh: "And there with a simple coin toss, favourites of the match - India are no longer favourites to win. Really wish the coin toss didn't have such a heavy impact on an important game like this."

Tom Moody on Twitter: "Don't get the Bresnan preference over Finn, I know who's more likely to take wickets against India or anyone for that matter #ct13 #EngvInd"

9.50 am It's a new pitch for the final and Sourav Ganguly, on Star Cricket, reckons there is moisture in the surface and there will be assistance. It will seam, but moisture also aids spin. And with rain round, win toss and bowl should be a no brainer.

Rags: "Band-Aid' LOL...After hearing Ravi Shastri harping on 'Plaster-of-Paris' for last 15 years, Nagraj is a refreshing change..!!"

Mark: "As very few of the England players are involved v NZ is there no chance that they could make a decision re-schedule for tomorrow if there is no result today?"

9.45 am Dashing India against dogged England. Here's Sidharth Monga's preview for the final. We could have a toss on time.

Nagraj Gollapudi is another one of our reporters at Edgbaston. He says the pitch "looks like a patch of band-aid on an otherwise verdant carpet."

More from Nagraj: "A Jaipur band is playing band baja outside and it seems more like an Indian wedding ..."

Steven Sutherland: "So what would happen if rain comes and we do not achieve the minimum of 20 overs a side, with no reserve day what would be the result." A shared trophy, a la 2002 when India and Sri Lanka endured two washouts. Do two halves make a whole?

9.35 am The covers are off for the moment and the warm-ups are in full flow.

Rudimentary Cricket Fan: "I woke up at 6 in the morning (EET) and warming up for the game by watching 2002 Natwest final highlights and 2011 WC league match highlights. Anxiously waiting for the game to start (if rain permits)."

Husain: "To all those swearing at the rain... I am sure water is more important than a cricket final washed away... As a cricket fan I know it hurts, but, being having suffered a serious shortage of water due to lack of rains I am sure water is definitely more important." Well, everything has its time and place.

9.25 am The covers are still out in force, but so are the Indian players, going through some warm-up drills. Again, it's cloudy at the moment but no rain, just intermittent drizzle.

9.20 am Beety: "Call it off today - tomorrow looks much better." But Beety, there's no reserve day, remember? England and New Zealand play the first of two T20 matches the day after tomorrow.

Dev: "Once again,i guess the toss will be crucial...Whoever wins the toss and decides to bowl first will almost certainly win in the event of too much rain..." It'd be hard not to agree with that.

Pete: "This tournament has drawn on a kinds of game plans and tactics, from England especially. As an Australian, very keen to see if England can pull this off as (slight) underdogs to a tight Indian combo."

Sophia Tan: "Also, this rain provides a good time to catch up on reading (like the Match Preview) or make final adjustments to your Fantasy side before 10:30 local ... Or finish off your Japanese assignment, which you just remembered 5 minutes ago (NB: may not apply to all cricket fans)"

Tushar Sem: "Saw on twitter, people saying its a green pitch and England will be happy...just want to point out that with Bhuvi, Umesh & Ishant, India will be equally dangerous. #watchout"

9.05 am Not good news. It's drizzling and the heavy duty covers are on, protecting the pitch and the square. The rain is not heavy at the moment but the precautions in place indicate more is expected.

Dr. Swami: "Cricket Forecast: A repeat of 1983 world cup semi final is expected my mid day today."

Meanwhile, not the best news for Australia ahead of the Ashes. KP on Twitter: "And by the way - after fielding for 136 overs, my knee feels top drawer!! All smiles this Sunday!!"

Mark: "I am looking forward to this. These are undoubtedly the two best teams in the tournament. Both have relied on their bowling attack to restrict the opposition and the batsmen to run up modest totals in every match bar one. India have been irresistible and are deserving favourites, but almost no one tipped England to get this far and they are alive and kicking and full of self-belief."

American Cricket Fan: "I really do hope that play will begin and end as planned, with no rain, because then i will have stayed up all night to watch at least a whole cricket match regardless of the result." Not the best day to hope for such a thing!

Vansh Desai: "No need to worry, George and co. At least you're not playing here in Sydney - we've been having torrential thunderstorms over the last two days (with more predicted tomorrow as well), with about 100mm of rain falling over the last 40 hours. But yeah, one must remember that we are playing during the English summer =P"

Vinit Desai: "Let's look at this positively. Rain interruption gives you a great chance to get your insights published on the live commentary feed or, if you're not getting lucky, making your contribution to the forum found in the Match Companion section. Enjoy! =)"

Parth Desai: "4:14 am here in Canada, have stayed up whole night to watch this match. Rain you better stay off! have sacrificed a whole night's sleep."

How many Desais are following this?

9.00 am Good morning, and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of the Champions Trophy final between England and India at Edgbaston.

First up, the weather. It's cloudy in Birmingham. A grey morning. It's not raining at the moment, but rain is forecast at several intervals through the day. George Dobell, who's one of several ESPNcricinfo reporters at the venue, says the outfield is in good condition considering the weather over the last 24 hours.

A couple of minutes after I wrote the above paragraphs, I'm seeing on Twitter that it's begun to drizzle. It's going to be that sort of day. A big, big toss to win again.


Anderson to RG Sharma, no run, a full ball outside off stump, a hint of inswing, Rohit moves on to the front foot and pushes the ball towards cover


Anderson to RG Sharma, 1 run, full length and the line this time is on the pads, Rohit leans across on the front foot and clips the ball to midwicket, the fielder has to move to his right so there's time for a single. Joe Root that was


Anderson to Dhawan, no run, pitches on a good length and seams across Dhawan, who stays in his crease and defends towards point

Ramesh: "Do they still play with two balls per innings?" Yes they do.


Anderson to Dhawan, no run, full and straight from Anderson, Dhawan square drives from his crease, doesn't beat point


Anderson to Dhawan, 1 run, only two slips so the thick outside edge - or was it a half steer? - flies safely towards third man. Anderson took the good length ball away from the left-hander. Dhawan intended to steer it to third man but it was a thick outside edge


Anderson to RG Sharma, no run, defended watchfully from the crease

End of over 1 (2 runs) India 2/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • RG Sharma 1 (3b)
    • S Dhawan 1 (3b)
    • JM Anderson 1-0-2-0

Stuart Broad from over the wicket ...


Broad to Dhawan, 1 run, short of a length first up, Dhawan goes back to pull but mis-times it through square leg. There's a fielder in the deep

Chris: "Are they expecting Bresnan to get reverse swing with a 9 over old ball?" England couldn't have forseen this, though.


Broad to RG Sharma, no run, pitches on a good length outside off stump and shapes away from the right-hander as Rohit strides forward, covers his off stump, and shoulders arms


Broad to RG Sharma, 1 run, strays on to the pads with a length ball and Rohit tucks it off his pads towards short fine leg


Broad to Dhawan, 1 run, good length, pitching on leg and angling across, Dhawan pushes off the front foot towards wide mid-off and sets off


Broad to RG Sharma, 1 run, Dhawan sprints through for a single after Rohit drops the ball near his feet but isn't quite sure where it is. He sees Dhawan coming and responds quickly. Broad races down the pitch as well and hits the stumps with the slide and throw. Dhawan is home though


Broad to Dhawan, no run, gets hit on the pad by a short of a length ball which then goes towards the slips

End of over 2 (4 runs) India 6/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • S Dhawan 3 (6b)
    • RG Sharma 3 (6b)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-4-0
    • JM Anderson 1-0-2-0

Vikram: "Even if its a 20 over game will they still have the 2 new balls would be huge advantage to England."


Anderson to RG Sharma, FOUR, edged and four! Anderson has his hands on his head. Rohit moved forward and drove away from his body at a good length ball that swung away. The outside edge flew right through where second slip was in Anderson's first over


Anderson to RG Sharma, no run, short of a length outside off, Rohit has a swish and misses


Anderson to RG Sharma, no run, good length just outside off stump, Rohit pushes forward and defends towards cover point

Simon: "While I agree England couldn't have forseen this, I think I'd always prefer Finn's extra yard of pace. Bresnan, Broad and Anderson are all 'of a pace'. Finn gives that extra yard of nasty."


Anderson to RG Sharma, no run, good length on off and middle, delivered from wide of the crease, Rohit stays in his crease and defends with a straight bat


Anderson to RG Sharma, 1 run, fuller outside off stump, Rohit eases on to the front foot and drives towards wide mid-off

Omair Ali: "Why there was no second slip? Indian openers against Anderson and no second slip? What's the plan of England?"

Anderson goes round the wicket.


Anderson to Dhawan, 5 runs, oh my, four overthrows plus the single. Dhawan got a thick inside edge to an incoming delivery and ran a single in front of square. Bresnan picked up and his throw to the keeper was high. Buttler jumped and got a glove on it and that deflected it wide of Morgan backing up at point. Morgan got a low bounce.

End of over 3 (10 runs) India 16/0 (RR: 5.33)

    • S Dhawan 8 (7b)
    • RG Sharma 8 (11b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 2-0-12-0
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-4-0

Broad to Dhawan, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Dhawan opens the face and steers towards third man


Broad to RG Sharma, 1 run, length ball outside off stump, Rohit stays in his crease and opens the face to guide towards third man


Broad to Dhawan, 1 run, good length on off stump, Dhawan drops the ball with close hands on the off side and they run another quick single


Broad to RG Sharma, no run, good length on middle and off, defended with a straight bat towards the bowler


Broad to RG Sharma, OUT, bowled him! Through the gate. Rohit tried to drive off the front foot, and left a gap between bat and pad. Broad pitched the ball on a perfect length outside off and seamed the ball back in through the gap. The celebrations from England are a touch muted.

RG Sharma b Broad 9 (18m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 64.28

Virat Kohli at No. 3.


Broad to Kohli, no run, short of a length around off stump, Kohli drops the ball close on the off side. Dhawan wants one but gets sent back.

End of over 4 (3 runs) India 19/1 (RR: 4.75)

    • V Kohli 0 (1b)
    • S Dhawan 10 (9b)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-7-1
    • JM Anderson 2-0-12-0

Deepak: "The ground staff seemed to have done a wonderful job. After all the rain, the outfield looks real fast."

Arjun: "The number of singles taken by Indian batsman in the opening overs is impressive, especially with the left-right combination."

Richie: "The Indians with a clear batting advantage over the 3 lions today.. Majority of the English batting lineup are stroke players rather than sloggers taking into account this is a T20.."

Bresnan replaces Anderson. Mandatory Powerplay is over.


Bresnan to Dhawan, 2 runs, short of a length outside off stump, Dhawan flays the ball off the front foot in front of point, a powerful cut is stopped in the deep


Bresnan to Dhawan, no run, a fuller ball on leg and middle, Dhawan drives straight and Bresnan takes the pace off the shot in his follow through, deflecting it towards mid-on


Bresnan to Dhawan, no run, hits a good length and seams the ball across the left-hander, beating Dhawan's front-foot drive


Bresnan to Dhawan, 1 run, a full ball on middle and off, Dhawan aims for the cover drive but the ball thuds off the inside edge behind square

Simon: "Big question. England's batting lineup. Do you maintain the top three, or send in Ravi/Buttler to open and get a hurry on?"


Bresnan to Kohli, 2 runs, Kohli moves back and across in his crease and flicks it in front of square, swift running


Bresnan to Kohli, 1 run, Dhawan gets run into by Bresnan as he attempts a quick single. No harm intended or done. Kohli was looking to cover drive but inside edged a good length ball close on the leg side

End of over 5 (6 runs) India 25/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • V Kohli 3 (3b)
    • S Dhawan 13 (13b)
    • TT Bresnan 1-0-6-0
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-7-1

Broad to Kohli, no run, good length, excellent discipline from Broad, Kohli stays in his crease and blocks

It's got rather gloomy again.


Broad to Kohli, 2 runs, short of a length from Broad, the ball seems to stick in the pitch, the spongy bounce giving Kohli a little more time to go back and swat through square leg


Broad to Kohli, no run, Kohli tries to drive a good length ball outside off but gets an inside edge on to his pad

It's drizzling.


Broad to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli gets a thick outside edge to third man and runs a single but the bad news is that the rain has got heavier and the umpires have called for the covers

4.45 pm The hovercraft is now over the pitch and there are boos from the crowd. The umpires stay on the boundary's edge.

Good news. The rain has stopped. A lot can happen in a minute it seems! The hovercraft is being removed and the England players are taking the field.

The ICC technical committee have decided play can extend to 8.30, so they have given the match another hour.

Broad is ready to resume his over.


Broad to Dhawan, SIX, and what a re-start! Dhawan gets under a short ball, he has lots of width to free his arms and so he slashes hard, sending the ball soaring over the third man boundary. His feet were in the air as he made contact


Broad to Dhawan, 1 run, this time he waits in his crease and steers the ball along the ground to third man

End of over 6 (10 runs) India 35/1 (RR: 5.83)

    • S Dhawan 20 (15b 1x6)
    • V Kohli 6 (7b)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-17-1
    • TT Bresnan 1-0-6-0

Bresnan to Dhawan, no run, Dhawan charges, maybe a bit too early because Bresnan bangs in the short one, Dhawan shapes to pull but aborts the shot at the last moment and lets it go


Bresnan to Dhawan, 1 wide, that's far too wide outside off, Dhawan tries to slash but can't reach it


Bresnan to Dhawan, 2 runs, played with soft hands towards point, a quick single attempted, Morgan throws at the batsman's end and concedes an overthrow

Julian: "I've got a three hour projection on the radar (pay per view!) and it looks exceedingly clear! for now." There you have it! We shall play and get a result in here. We're back out and ready to go again...

Cheers George, very gloomy overhead, I'm not overly confident that we are going to restart at 5.30pm. The hovercover is still on. The umpires and groundstaff are once again having a conference. But now the covers are coming off, so maybe we are going to restart under heavily laden skies. The aim is to get going again at 5.40pm but we're seriously running out of time, Another 34 overs in fewer than three hours?

5.15 pm Play will restart at 5.30 pm, if it stays fair between now and then. Right, I'm going to hand over the commentary to Alex Winter, who might have better luck.

5.05 pm There's some positive activity at Edgbaston. The groundstaff are removing the covers. The conditions have brightened up. The crowd has stayed incredibly patient. "They also serve who only stand and wait." I hope I'm quoting Milton appropriately.

The umpires conclave taking place at the edge of the square and I can see shadows! Patches of blue in the sky too. The hovercraft is still on and the covers protecting midwicket and cover are being mopped up. Inspection at 5.20 pm.

John: "I don't know about Milton, but it certainly describes me going shopping with my wife."

4.52 pm Rubbish news. It's raining again and the players have been taken off the field. It's heavier than the previous drizzle. The hovercraft is on the pitch and the groundstaff stand with the larger covers in hand, on the edge of the boundary. They are not bringing the sheets on just yet. Now the sheets come out to protect the square.

Someone has a lousy sense of humour. Rihanna's Umbrella is playing at the ground.

Bala: "This is worst of ICC final I have seen in my life, no reserve day in wet English summer."

Ayush: "Abysmal weather. Really pathetic. And my friends in the UK say that the prediction for Monday is clear skies. Disappointed."

Deepak: "Lets just call the play off. This is nothing but farcical. False hopes."

Ramprashad: "Take a bow ICC. Your planning committee has done a wonderful job. They have allocated a number of practice matches but failed to allocate a reserve day for the final in England ! They might have had a brain freeze or were in a hurry a catch a flight to go home while finalizing the final schedule."


Bresnan to Dhawan, 1 run, length ball just outside off, pushed firmly at and gets it out to deep cover


Bresnan to Kohli, no run, well bowled, length just outside off and beats Kohli outside off stump as he played forward


Bresnan to Kohli, no run, fuller just outside off, driven to extra cover


Bresnan to Kohli, 1 run, length just outside off, waited for and guided down to third man for a single

End of over 7 (5 runs) India 40/1 (RR: 5.71)

    • V Kohli 7 (10b)
    • S Dhawan 23 (18b 1x6)
    • TT Bresnan 2-0-11-0
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-17-1

Sunshine returns. James Tredwell now in what is his biggest test...


Tredwell to Kohli, 1 run, stays back and slaps from just outside off to long on


Tredwell to Dhawan, no run, floated up, Dhawan forward and beaten as it turns past his outside edge


Tredwell to Dhawan, no run, floated up again, on the stumps, swept without timing to backward square leg, nearly got done


Tredwell to Dhawan, FOUR, swept again and hammered square, absolutely nailed it from the stumps


Tredwell to Dhawan, FOUR, goes reverse this time, just a paddle off the stumps again, Bresnan goes back from short third man and slides and saves four, Bresnan pushed the boundary board back, the ball rolled back and they've given four on replay, very harsh that, couldn't be sure where the boundary was, there's no line under the padding


Tredwell to Dhawan, no run, goes to cut and gets it to short third man

End of over 8 (9 runs) India 49/1 (RR: 6.12)

    • S Dhawan 31 (23b 2x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 8 (11b)
    • JC Tredwell 1-0-9-0
    • TT Bresnan 2-0-11-0

Ravi Bopara from the Pavilion End. Got a bit darker...


Bopara to Kohli, 1 run, full on leg stump, dabbed through square leg and brings the 50 up


Bopara to Dhawan, OUT, slower ball outside off, Dhawan misread it and slapped it to extra cover. Very brave from Bopara, it was a long way outside off and very slow, Dhawan reached a long way out to it and swung it from high on the bat to extra cover where Tredwell jumped up and took a solid catch

S Dhawan c Tredwell b Bopara 31 (40m 24b 2x4 1x6) SR: 129.16


Bopara to Karthik, no run, length ball on off stump, blocked back to the bowler


Bopara to Karthik, 1 wide, down leg side


Bopara to Karthik, no run, length on the stumps again, pushed forward and blocked towards midwicket, they refuse a single


Bopara to Karthik, no run, much fuller, forward to block on off stump, runs it out into the covers


Bopara to Karthik, 1 run, length ball just outside off, dabbed just behind square on the off side and they take a quick run

Good over from Bopara...

End of over 9 (3 runs) India 52/2 (RR: 5.77)

    • KD Karthik 1 (4b)
    • V Kohli 9 (12b)
    • RS Bopara 1-0-3-1
    • JC Tredwell 1-0-9-0

Tredwell to Karthik, 1 run, just outside off, hangs back and dabs through point for a single


Tredwell to Kohli, no run, goes to cut from just outside off, doesn't time to short extra cover


Tredwell to Kohli, 1 run, floated up just outside off, played forward and ran through the covers for a single


Tredwell to Karthik, 1 run, a little straighter, worked to short long leg with the turn


Tredwell to Kohli, FOUR, down the track and whips it wide of long on, fine stroke, dragged it from outside off, didn't quite get to the pitch but still managed to thump it away


Tredwell to Kohli, no run, blocked on the stumps into the leg side, Buttler is up quickly to save the single

End of over 10 (7 runs) India 59/2 (RR: 5.90)

    • V Kohli 14 (16b 1x4)
    • KD Karthik 3 (6b)
    • JC Tredwell 2-0-16-0
    • RS Bopara 1-0-3-1

Prajeeth : "Will the score be adjusted at the end of Indian innings due to the rain interruptions?" No because the overs have stayed the same...


Bopara to Karthik, 1 run, just outside off, pushed out through the covers staying on the back foot


Bopara to Kohli, 1 run, down the track and mows to down to long on on the bounce, another slower ball and Kohli didn't pick it


Bopara to Karthik, 1 run, full just outside off stump, driven through the covers



Bopara to Kohli, 1 run, forward press from the stumps, runs it past the bowler and long on comes in quickly to save the second


Bopara to Karthik, no run, slower ball well outside off stump, cut and gets it to point, didn't time it, would have been wide if he'd have left it


Bopara to Karthik, 1 run, full ball on middle and off, clipped wide of midwicket for a single

End of over 11 (5 runs) India 64/2 (RR: 5.81)

    • KD Karthik 6 (10b)
    • V Kohli 16 (18b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 2-0-8-1
    • JC Tredwell 2-0-16-0

Tredwell to Karthik, OUT, slog swept, straight up in the air and Morgan takes the catch. It went up off a big top edge as Karthik went to sweep hard from off stump, Morgan came in a few yards from square leg and pouched the skier

KD Karthik c Morgan b Tredwell 6 (10m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 54.54


Tredwell to Kohli, 1 run, around the wicket, dabbed to short third man, they set off for a quick single and make it


Tredwell to Raina, no run, slip goes in, floated up on off stump, played forward and ran out to backward point


Tredwell to Raina, no run, forward again and blocked off the stumps up the wicket


Tredwell to Raina, no run, steps back to give himself room and pushed to cover point


Tredwell to Raina, 1 run, down the track, forced something did Tredwell, he gets it over the top down to long off

Superb over from Tredwell...

End of over 12 (2 runs) India 66/3 (RR: 5.50)

    • SK Raina 1 (4b)
    • V Kohli 17 (19b 1x4)
    • JC Tredwell 3-0-18-1
    • RS Bopara 2-0-8-1

Bopara to Raina, no run, length ball on the stumps, guided to point staying leg side of it


Bopara to Raina, OUT, length outside off, slapped across the line and straight to mid-on where Cook takes the catch. Went very quickly to him but Cook held on. Raina just trying to force something, ended up being a swipe across the line, caught it pretty well but straight to the fielder

SK Raina c Cook b Bopara 1 (3m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66


Bopara to Dhoni, no run, beaten outside off first ball, staying back and poking just outside off stump, beaten by one that slid past him from a good length


Bopara to Dhoni, no run, played to midwicket coming sort-of forward on the stumps, gets it too close to the fielder and Morgan saves one


Bopara to Dhoni, no run, full ball just outside off, a flicked drive to short extra cover


Bopara to Dhoni, OUT, back of a length outside off, uppercuts it and finds third man! What a wicket, huge blow for England. Dhoni tried to force it away wide of third man but it got big on him and just shaped back a little, Dhoni still got it off the meat of the bat but couldn't control it and Tredwell came to his right to take a simple chance in the end

MS Dhoni c Tredwell b Bopara 0 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 13 (wicket maiden) India 66/5 (RR: 5.07)

    • V Kohli 17 (19b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 3-1-8-3
    • JC Tredwell 3-0-18-1

England now in the box seat. Anderson comes back...


Anderson to Kohli, no run, length just outside off stump, blocked to backward point


Anderson to Kohli, 1 run, a touch fuller, waits and dabs down to third man from in the crease


Anderson to Jadeja, no run, blocked around the middle stump on a full length


Anderson to Jadeja, no run, flicked from just outside off stump to midwicket, didn't time it


Anderson to Jadeja, no run, big swing and a miss outside off stump, Anderson went fuller and wide of off and there was a pretty ugly wild swipe off fresh air


Anderson to Jadeja, no run, length on off stump, driven at and plays to short extra-cover

End of over 14 (1 run) India 67/5 (RR: 4.78)

    • RA Jadeja 0 (4b)
    • V Kohli 18 (21b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 3-0-13-0
    • RS Bopara 3-1-8-3

Who can be India's Marlon Samuels...


Bopara to Kohli, FOUR, full outside off and bang, smashed past extra-cover, glorious timing, lovely swing of the blade


Bopara to Kohli, no run, a little slower, tighter line and better length, blocked up the wicket


Bopara to Kohli, FOUR, swept off the stumps and gets it through square leg, an Indian batsman finally picks the slower ball and nails it, great shot, one bounce four


Bopara to Kohli, 1 run, full outside off again, driven at, doesn't get all of it and finds the cover sweeper


Bopara to Jadeja, 2 runs, gives himself a little room and guides down to third man, wide of the fielder so they get two


Bopara to Jadeja, 1 run, full on off stump, punched down to long off

Very good spell from Bopara, England will be delighted with that set. Here's Gnasher...

End of over 15 (12 runs) India 79/5 (RR: 5.26)

    • RA Jadeja 3 (6b)
    • V Kohli 27 (25b 3x4)
    • RS Bopara 4-1-20-3
    • JM Anderson 3-0-13-0

Hello folks...can India get to 120-130? Tredwell back for his last over


Tredwell to Jadeja, 1 run, on off stump, pushed into the off side and there's a scampering single


Tredwell to Kohli, 1 run, round the wicket, flicked off leg stump wide of short fine-leg


Tredwell to Jadeja, no run, tight on off stump, he pushes forward into the off side but can't get it wide of the bowler


Tredwell to Jadeja, no run, connects with a strong sweep but he picks out the man at backward square...precious dot balls


Tredwell to Jadeja, FOUR, fetches this from outside off and heaves it through straight midwicket, wide of long-on...much needed


Tredwell to Jadeja, 1 run, slightly quicker to finish with, pushed square into the off side from the back foot so he keeps the strike

Another very solid spell from Tredwell

End of over 16 (7 runs) India 86/5 (RR: 5.37)

    • RA Jadeja 9 (11b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 28 (26b 3x4)
    • JC Tredwell 4-0-25-1
    • RS Bopara 4-1-20-3

dheeraj: "this is final...120 is defendable score !! though there was some really poor shot selection" They need to remember what West Indies did in the World T20 final

Tim Bresnan back and the two-over batting Powerplay has been taken


Bresnan to Jadeja, 1 run, back-of-a-length delivery is clubbed off the front foot and lands in front of Cook at mid-on


Bresnan to Kohli, 1 wide, short and angled down the leg side, half an appeal from keeper and bowler after Kohli chased it with a pull but it's called a wide


Bresnan to Kohli, FOUR, gets this wide of mid-on, was short of a length again and Kohli mowed it off the front foot through midwicket


Bresnan to Kohli, no run, swing and a miss outside off, was quite short again and Kohli's eyes lit up but he lost his shape a little on the shot


Bresnan to Kohli, 2 runs, short and at the body, he swivels on the pull and places it wide of long leg then sprints between the wickets


Bresnan to Kohli, no run, charges at this one, it's a touch fuller outside off and by giving himself a touch of room outside then can't make contact


Bresnan to Kohli, 1 wide, slower-ball bouncer outside off loops through to Buttler and is called wide...important extra deliveries in this over


Bresnan to Kohli, 2 runs, low, wide full toss outside off...Kohli has to stretch for it but gets enough bat to place it wide of backward of point and wide of third man

End of over 17 (11 runs) India 97/5 (RR: 5.70)

    • V Kohli 36 (31b 4x4)
    • RA Jadeja 10 (12b 1x4)
    • TT Bresnan 3-0-22-0
    • JC Tredwell 4-0-25-1

Broad back...Ravi Kanthaliya: "The way indian bowlers have done so far in this series, I think 130 should be enough to defend, while 140 could be icing on the cake."


Broad to Jadeja, no run, starts with a short ball and Jadeja gets into a bit of a tangle as he goes to hoick it through leg and it beats the top edge


Broad to Jadeja, 1 run, steps outside leg, it's short of a length and he runs it to short third man

The weather radars are looking quite clear now


Broad to Kohli, 1 run, dropped, that could be a big moment...Trott at short third man didn't quite time his jump properly and palmed the chance over his. Kohli stepped to leg then aimed to cut over the off side and it should have been held


Broad to Jadeja, no run, banged in at Jadeja's body, he goes for the pull but it dribbles off the bottom edge back to the bowler


Broad to Jadeja, 1 run, fuller outside off, Jadeja clears his left leg and tries to drive but it comes off a thick outside edge to backward point


Broad to Kohli, SIX, that's huge...that damages the over for Broad and England. This time Kohli connected very cleanly against the short ball and pulled it miles into the stands at deep square-leg

End of over 18 (9 runs) India 106/5 (RR: 5.88)

    • V Kohli 43 (33b 4x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 12 (16b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-26-1
    • TT Bresnan 3-0-22-0

Gibbs: "Jonathan Trott just dropped the champions trophy..!!" We shall see. Anderson for his last over


Anderson to Jadeja, SIX, what a shot, that is awesome from Jadeja...a full delivery on off stump, he gives himself a touch of room and drives it on the up over wide long-off. Stunning.


Anderson to Jadeja, 1 run, goes in the air down the ground, ooh would that have carried to Cook if he'd committed? Instead he let it bounce in front of him


Anderson to Kohli, OUT, gone this time...important blow for England which may just quell this late charge. Kohli tried to clear long-off, had a huge swing at a full delivery, it comes off the lower part of the bat, and Bopara steadies himself well under the chance

V Kohli c Bopara b Anderson 43 (66m 34b 4x4 1x6) SR: 126.47

Excellent innings from Kohli. He has kept his side in this match.


Anderson to Jadeja, no run, well bowled from Anderson, beats the top edge with a short ball as Jadeja steps to leg...the bowler followed him which cramped him for room

Sathish: "If India score 130 and England are at 129 for 2 at the end of 15 overs. If rain interrupts at that time, what will happen? Still the trophy will be shared?" Yes, still shared


Anderson to Jadeja, FOUR, that's what he was trying the ball before, third man is inside the circle and he cuts this short delivery well clear of the fielder...using Anderson's pace


Anderson to Jadeja, no run, a quick bouncer to finish with, Jadeja again stepping to leg to open up the off side but his attempt mow over covers doesn't make contact

End of over 19 (11 runs) India 117/6 (RR: 6.15)

    • RA Jadeja 23 (21b 2x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 0 (0b)
    • JM Anderson 4-0-24-1
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-26-1

A minimum six balls remaining. Can India reach 130? Anderson finishes his spell as joint-leading wicket-taker of the tournament (so far). Jadeja one behind him and McClenaghan.


Bresnan to Ashwin, 1 run, short ball at the body, plays a rather half-hearted pull which comes off the top edge but falls well clear of any of the leg-side fielders...importantly it gets Jadeja on strike

Kutty: "Cricinfo commentator using the word "awesome"? That is so 90s man. Or was that Dravid?" I'm so down with the kidz


Bresnan to Jadeja, 1 run, OUT, dead-eye straight down the ground but it came nowhere off the middle...loops down the ground and their attempt to come back for a second ends in a run out as Ashwin is beaten by the direct hit from long-off by Ian Bell

R Ashwin run out 1 (5m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Bresnan to Jadeja, 1 run, good yorker which he can only dig out down to long-off


Bresnan to Kumar, 1 run, back of a length, he gets very deep in the crease and tucks it off his hip to deep square...he almost stepped on his stumps. In fact, he may actually have stepped on them but the bails didn't come off


Bresnan to Jadeja, SIX, that's big, and very useful for India...pitched up on leg stump and Jadeja connects cleanly through the line with a very strong bottom hand and clears long-on


Bresnan to Jadeja, 2 runs, the final ball is short again, lobs into the off side through midwicket and they make it back for a second

So India have scrambled to 129. In finals there is a heck of a lot of pressure on chasing, but England will be happy with the target. The Champions Trophy comes down to 20 overs. Ravi Bopara was the star with the ball taking 3 for 20 and now it's a question of whether they can keep their cool over the next hour and a half or whether the Indian bowlers can pull off a heist. Alex will be with you in a few minutes...

End of over 20 (12 runs) India 129/7

    • RA Jadeja 33 (25b 2x4 2x6)
    • B Kumar 1 (1b)
    • TT Bresnan 4-0-34-0
    • JM Anderson 4-0-24-1





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