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June 23, 2013
After all the fickle weather in the lead-up to the final, the forecast for the big day was particularly glum. There was just enough time to get the toss in before the rains came down at Birmingham.
All set for the finals. May the wetter side win.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) June 23, 2013
Have they decided the outcome of the toss through the D/L method?— K Balakumar (@kbalakumar) June 23, 2013
Two nations. United by a colonial past, powerless heads of state, and an inability to predict rain.— Earl of Vadukut (@sidin) June 23, 2013
The crowd was filled with Indian supporters.
Breaking news.... I have just spotted 6 England fans inside Edgebaston..!!!!!!— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 23, 2013
It is important to choose your playing XI smartly in a rain-affected game. England brought in Tim Bresnan.
#IndvsEng If the match does start, in the interests of fair-play, I suggest that Duckworth play for one side and Lewis for the other.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) June 23, 2013
Just as play was about to begin, around 100 minutes behind schedule, the skies opened up again.
"Water, water every where, nor any drop to drink" as Samuel Taylor Coleridge famously said about cricket at Edgbaston #ct13— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) June 23, 2013
Soggy in Birmingham. Grumblings about a lack of reserve day. To be fair, the last time it rained in England in June was way back in 1765.— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) June 23, 2013
With the weather showing no signs of improving, it increasingly began to look like the title would be shared. The organisers' decision to not schedule a reserve day for the final didn't win them too many fans.
I know it's wishful thinking for the ICC to show common sense, but they couldn't even organize a drunken brawl in a Walkabout.— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 23, 2013
Can we please call Srinivasan, so that the crowd can actually boo properly? ICC & ECB deserve it. Bigtime!!— Swarna. (@iCricketard) June 23, 2013
This is when you need @LalitKModi in charge. He would have shifted the CT final to another city. Or another country. Or to the sun.— Sidvee (@sidvee) June 23, 2013
A drastic intervention eventually halted the downpour. The stage was set for a 24-overs a side game.
Jadeja walked out. And it stopped raining!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #AGodAmongstMen— Earl of Vadukut (@sidin) June 23, 2013
Ah, the glorious return of TwentyFour24 Cricket. Remember, stopping a terrorist attack is an automatic win. USA could win this trophy yet.— Burton DeWitt (@bsd987) June 23, 2013
Real chance for England to end their 24-over global tournament hoodoo here today— Dean Wilson (@CricketMirror) June 23, 2013
But the clouds weren't yet done for the day. Another spell of rain followed.
"Now it's clear why England tried to invade the world. They just wanted some place where they could play 5 days of cricket in peace." #ct13— Zarin (@unserPokal) June 23, 2013
Another delay has delayed the start to the delayed start at Edgbaston. Yes, yet more rain. Follow the weather here: http://t.co/Hz0R5iMpY8— Telegraph Sport (@TelegraphSport) June 23, 2013
After what seemed like an eternity, the final finally got underway. India batted first.
Looks like there's going to be a short cricket delay at the rain. #EngvInd— King Cricket (@TheKingsTweets) June 23, 2013
India's openers began quite nervously against the moving ball.
india have started as if they spent the day doing what I've been doing- drinking milkshakes and eating tyrrells— kap (@kaprashoo) June 23, 2013
22,250 Indians erupt as the first boundary is edged down to third man. The 115 England fans sit motionless as India move to 10/0 #EngvInd— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 23, 2013
And then, it rained some more. Determined to have a result, the organisers extended the deadline to ensure there will be a 20-over game.
One of those days where we just look to the heavens... ...and see Sachin smiling down at us.— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 23, 2013
@GeorgeDobell1 I think it's because Joe Root has to be home by 9.30pm— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 23, 2013
Champions Trophy Logo - pic.twitter.com/iSoyiAn2GH— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) June 23, 2013
Match now a T5 game. Yes ICC has said that they will play the remainder of the game in Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport now. #CT13— Mohan Krishnamoorthy (@mohank) June 23, 2013
The broadcasters were running out of highlight reels to show.
Good things happen to those who wait. The game ultimately restarted under clearer skies. India quickly lost their way against Ravi Bopara's clever variations.
Apart from averaging 88 (SR 144) with the bat and 28 with the ball, what has Ravi Bopara done this tournament? #ct13— Ashley Thompson (@ash_thompsoon) June 23, 2013
Ridiculed, humiliated, hurt. And now bossing it. Ravi Bopara is the new Ravi Jadeja.— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 23, 2013
Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni all fell by the wayside.
Bangladesh are now the only subcontinental team not to shrink at the crease in the late-middle overs this tournament.— Burton DeWitt (@bsd987) June 23, 2013
But Virat Kohli held on for India, and built up to a moderate score along with Ravindra Jadeja.
Jadeja guided India's final charge after Kohli fell for 43, and R Ashwin was run out in comical fashion.
If Ashwin hesitated any longer before the second run he would have been charged with loitering.— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) June 23, 2013
India finished with 129, a sub-par score in the circumstances, but a big improvement after bring 66 for 5. They began their defence by removing Alastair Cook to a smart catch from R Ashwin in the slips.
Jonathan Trott got going with some well-timed strokes.
The rate Trott is scoring he must want to have this won so he can watch Spain v Nigeria at 8pm! #ct13— Stephen Beech (@bossbeechyscoop) June 23, 2013
England had the upper hand when Dhoni introduced his spinners. With the pitch assisting turn, England found the spinners a handful, but Ishant Sharma's predictable lengths made scoring easier.
Just imagine what Ishant Sharma would look like after Liz Hurley gave him a Shane Warne style makeover— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) June 23, 2013
Ashwin was in his element. He had Trott stumped down the leg side, and got Joe Root to hole out to the deep.
I wonder if David Warner's punch were in the air as long as that ball was.— Burton DeWitt (@bsd987) June 23, 2013
Ashwin also produced a stumping opportunity against Ian Bell. It went to the third umpire Bruce Oxenford who triggered Bell on rather flimsy grounds.
With great technology comes great responsibility— Samir Chopra (@EyeOnThePitch) June 23, 2013
Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara rebuilt England as the game shaped up towards a thrilling finish. Just when you thought Dhoni would stick with spin, he fell back on Ishant who was having a poor day.
Dear Dhoni, if you really want your pace bowlers to bowl, please ask them to bowl spin. #CT13— LOL SPORTS (@LOL_SPORTS) June 23, 2013
England needed 28 off 3 overs when Ishant, seemingly against logic, was given a final over. The first four balls: dot, six, wide, wide.
Chetan Sharma is no longer India's worst sharma at the death.— Shyam Sundararaman (@shyamuw) June 23, 2013
MS Dhoni starting to look like Santa Claus with the beard. Giving little gifts to England with one more Ishant over. #ct13— HoldingWilley (@holdingwilley) June 23, 2013
Wouldn't it be brilliant if it rained now?— Burton DeWitt (@bsd987) June 23, 2013
But Dhoni has a way with these left-field moves. Morgan dragged the next ball to wide mid-on, and Bopara hooked the one after straight to backward square leg.
To be honest Morgan and Bopara were distracted by Ishant Sharma's hair #CT13— Manan Choksi (@insaneinstinct) June 23, 2013
Reminder that Ravi Bopara was perhaps three shots away from proving everyone wrong today, but instead revealed he doesn't know the wide law.— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) June 23, 2013
Jadeja bowled the 19th over, brushing aside Jos Buttler and Tim Bresnan. England had lost their way within the space of eight balls.
Buttler served by Sir. That's surely the wrong way round. #ct13— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) June 23, 2013
Fifteen needed off Ashwin's final over - a bridge too far for Stuart Broad and James Tredwell. India ran home victors by five runs.
England choke at a major sporting occasion. Now it really does feel like summer.— JOHN LUDDEN (@JOHNLUDDS) June 23, 2013
England had their foot on India's throat then somehow choked on their own shoelaces. #ct13— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) June 23, 2013
Yet another feather in Dhoni's cap then.
ODI World Cup. World T20. World No. 1 in Test cricket. Champions Trophy. World's No. 1 ODI side. All of this under MS Dhoni's watch.— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) June 23, 2013
Will MSD win Nobel Peace Prize next?— Tony Sebastian (@notytony) June 23, 2013
India's players celebrated with the obligatory Gangnam style moves, and Kohli even did a version of Chris Gayle's World T20 calisthenics. It didn't really measure up, but Gayle didn't mind it too much.
The final word then...
England rains. India reigns. #CT13— gaurav kapur (@gauravkapur) June 23, 2013
England have something to take from the gutting defeat - their fifth in major ODI finals overall.
This 20-over match will be a great warm-up for the big series starting on Tuesday.— King Cricket (@TheKingsTweets) June 23, 2013
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