Champions Trophy final: England v India, Edgbaston - as it happened

India beat England by five runs to win the Champions Trophy in a thrilling final that went to the final ball at Edgbaston.

23 June 2013 Last updated at 20:10 GMT

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    India will not have long to celebrate before they head to the West Indies for a short series, while England are back in action on Tuesday when they play New Zealand in the first T20 international at The Oval. It's time for me to sign off now. Thanks for your contributions and well done to India. Good night.

  2. 2107: 

    And there it is. MS Dhoni steps off the stage and the Champions Trophy is lofted into the dark Edgbaston sky by the Indian team. We've got fireworks and champagne galore - even some dodgy dancing from Virat Kohli.

  3. 2105: 

    India captain MS Dhoni: "Most of the team has exposure of international cricket and the others are used to playing in the IPL. They responded really well and they batted well to get us to 130. The ball was gripping later on and I thought it was because of the showers.

    "I knew the two overs of powerplay were crucial and I wanted England to try and slog off the spinners and it worked for us. We handled the pressure really well. People talk about technique but the better players are the ones who respond to the pressure."

  4. 2102: 

    The Indian players are now making their way to the stage, in alphabetical order, to pick up their medals - and a nice, new white suit jacket.

  5. 2100: 

    Golden bat winner Shikhar Dhawan, who was the highest run scorer in the tournament: "I am loving this moment, I dreamt before this tournament that I would be the man of the tournament. I feel blessed. I like bouncy tracks, they suit my game, and it went my way. It makes it more special for me that I was out of the team for two or three years. I knew I had that talent in me so I sorted out myself and I am scoring runs now."

  6. 2056: 

    Man of the match Ravi Jadeja, who also won the golden ball for taking the most wickets (12) in the tournament: "I did very well throughout the tournament. The wicket was slow and it was difficult to rotate the strike so myself and Virat Kohli built up a good partnership. I enjoyed bowling on this wicket, the ball was gripping and I was bowling to my strength."

  7. 2055: 

    England captain Alastair Cook: "Credit to the groundstaff for getting us a game in the first place. We bowled well but it was a slightly harder wicket to bat on than we thought. Both sides found it hard. I'm proud of the way the lads responded to pressure in this tournament and we just fell short today. We were surprised how much the pitch turned late on in our innings."

  8. 2051: 

    Right, let's hear what the two captains have to say about all that. It looks like the camera has been fixed...

  9. 2049: 

    They are having camera trouble down on the pitch, which is delaying the presentations. It's an uncomfortable time for England, who just want to get out of there.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "England are wandering back out and they look a dejected bunch. But that's sport, you have to take it on the chin and get on with it."

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "Thank goodness the close of play time was extended because we had a fantastic game of cricket."

    BBC Test Match Special's Phil TufnellContributor

    "There will be a few tears in the England dressing room. I remember what it was like in 1992 when we got so close in the World Cup. I think both sides felt the pressure in this match. It was a big prize."

  13. 2045: 

    The presentation party is ready to go, it looks like Sourav Ganguly may hand the trophy to MS Dhoni. India are dancing, jumping up and down with delight. There is, however, no sign of England. They will have to front up sooner or later.

    BBC Test Match Special's Prakash WakankarContributor

    "India came here with lots of things happening back home and that has bound the team together. They have been well led by MS Dhoni, but let's spare a thought for England. It was shades of 2004 all over again."

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "India have been the team of the tournament and nobody can begrudge them this victory."

  16. 2043: 

    This is also the second time that England have thrown away a Champions Trophy final on home soil. Remember 2004 when Ian Bradshaw and Courtney Browne won it for West Indies at The Oval?

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "It was a remarkable over from Ishant Sharma and it was that which turned the match around."


    India bowler Ishant Sharma: "I was nervous, things were not going my way but I held my nerve and bowled to my strengths."


    Suresh Raina: "We played really good cricket and everybody took the responsibility. Credit goes to everyone in the side."

  20. 2041: 

    How on earth do we begin to reflect on that match? How did England lose? After restricting India to 129 and then looking so comfortable when Morgan and Bopara were together, they simply imploded. Both of those men fell in consecutive Ishant deliveries, but, really, it was old failings against spin that really proved to be England's undoing.


    India batsman Virat Kohli: "When Ravi Bopara and Eoin Morgan were smoking it around the park we thought we were out of it but Ishant Sharma turned it around with two wickets in two balls. This victory is sweet for us, beating England in their own country."

  22. 2039: 

    The stage for the presentation is being built beneath us as Virat Kohli dances with a stump he's picked up as a momento. Let's not forget that India have now added the Champions Trophy to the World Cup they won on home soil in 2011. Edgbaston tonight, though, will also feel a home from home. 

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "That game was there for England to win. There can be nobody more experienced in tight one-day finishes than Eoin Morgan and he will be reliving that shot over and over again."

    BBC Test Match Special's Phil TufnellContributor

    "I feel sick. It's gut-wrenching for England - how did they lose that? The spin bowlers won it for India and turned the screw."

    BBC Test Match Special's Prakash WakankarContributor

    "I can't believe it. How expensive were those five overthrows from England when India batted now? Little things we do well is India's motto."

  26. 2036: 

    The party has begun, India's players huddle on the square, while the fans in the Hollies Stand are rocking. Flags waved, whistles blown, horns honked. The dark of Edgbaston made light by the colour of the celebrations. England, on the other hand, are shattered. It was their's to win not once, but twice and they threw it away.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "James Tredwell is disconsolate. India did it the hard way, they didn't seem to have set enough runs but they did get an early wicket. Then Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara appeared to have won it but Morgan clubbed an ungainly catch and then India tightened the screw. A fantastic game of cricket."

  28. 20 overs: 

    Ashwin in, swing and a miss, Dhoni misses it. Some players celebrate, England think about running, but the game is up. India have beaten England by five runs to win the Champions Trophy.

  29. 19.5 overs: 
    Commentary- Eng 124-8

    Good running by Broad gets them back for two, with Tredwell bunting down the ground for two more. A six needed from the final ball...

  30. 19.3 overs: 
    Commentary- Eng 120-8 (target 130)

    What next? A sweep for four then a scampered single. 10 needed off three. Tredwell on strike.

  31. 19.1 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 115-8 (target 130)

    Surely this is out? Broad is stumped? No! Not out. But a dot ball.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "How have England lost four wickets for 3 runs in the last two overs? England were bossing the game."

  33. 19 overs: 
    Commentary- Eng 115-8 (target 130)

    Here's the game. 15 needed from six balls. Ashwin to bowl, James Tredwell and Stuart Broad at the crease. What have this pair got?

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "Another hapless wicket created by pressure. Smart thinking from Virat Kohli and good work by MS Dhoni but England are throwing this one away."

  35. 18.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Bresnan run out (Eng 113-8)

    England are falling apart in almost comic fashion. It's Bresnan this time, run out without even trying to take a run. He sweeps at Jadeja, misses, but survives the lbw appeal. The only problem is, he's miles down the wicket and can't turn to beat Kohli's throw. Four wickets have been lost for three runs.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "Buttler went for it and was beaten in the flight. He didn't get to the pitch of the ball, he didn't give himself a chance. This match is not over yet."

  37. 18.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Buttler b Jadeja 0 (Eng 112-7)

    Horrible, simply horrible from Jos Buttler. From his very first ball, he takes an awful swipe at Ravi Jadeja and loses his timbers. The pendulum swings again, India back in the box seat.

  38. 18 overs: 
    Commentary- Eng 111-6 (target 130)

    Tim Bresnan survives the hat-trick ball then gets off the mark with a single. Two powerplay overs coming up, 19 needed from 12 balls. I'd bet everything I own on these overs being bowled by Jadeja and Ashwin. I need a lie down.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "Ishant Sharma has gone from bowling absolute rubbish to being on a hat-trick. What an amazing game cricket is, Sharma was broken."

  40. 17.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Bopara c Ashwin b Ishant 30 (Eng 110-6)

    You couldn't make this up. From the very next ball, Bopara smashes an Ishant bouncer straight to Ashwin at square leg. Ishant, the man who looked to be falling apart, is on a hat-trick and England are back under the pump. Amazing stuff.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "After a very good innings, Eoin Morgan has failed to see this through. Ishant Sharma has had a mare, but he'll be feeling a little better now. Is there another twist in the tale?"

  42. 17.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan c Ashwin b Ishant 33 (Eng 110-5)

    What more can happen in this game? Just as England were cantering home and India falling apart, Morgan loses the plot. The Dubliner had pulled for six then seen Ishant bowl two of the widest wides ever seen at Edgbaston, but then played a horrible flick straight to Ravi Ashwin at mid-wicket. Game back on.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "There was universal surprise when Ravi Bopara was called up to the squad for this tournament but he has played a huge part in England reaching the final and he could help them win it."

  44. 17 overs: 
    Commentary- Eng 102-4 (target 130)

    Massive moment as Ravi Jadeja is recalled to the attack. Two powerplay overs on offer, but England not taking them yet. How will England play Jadeja on this turning pitch? Bopara is down to sweep...miles over the square leg boundary! Six more, Bopara now doing the businees with the bat after taking three wickets with the ball. Three times in the over he shows expert placement to scamper twos on the leg side, he's up to 30 from only 24 balls. 28 needed from three.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "Suddenly the Indian nerves are twitching a bit because these are useful runs that are being added."

  46. 16 overs: 
    Commentary- Eng 90-4 (target 130)

    As stewards form a day-glow ring around the perimeter, Bopara goes on the sweep with Dhawan almost making an almighty hash of the fielding on the square leg boundary. Two, a single, then Morgan pulls out a brilliant reverse hit over backward point for four more. Eight from Raina's over, England getting back into the game. Exactly 10 an over required.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "Ravi Bopara could be the man of the match if he sees this through following his three wickets in India's innings."

  48. 15 overs: 
    SIX- Eng 82-4 (target 130)

    I clearly know nothing, as Ishant Sharma returns. Jonny Bairstow is sent with a message to the batsmen, something along the lines off "you need 130 to win, knock them off and don't get out". Thanks Jonny. England struggling to find the boundary, there's been only five in the whole innings, but here goes Bopara, a huge heave 20 rows back into the Hollies Stand. Is this Ravi's moment? England need 48 from five, three of which will be bowled by Ashwin and Jadeja.


    Andrew Priestley: India are really turning the screw on the English batsmen. They've turned what should have been a procession into a contest.

  50. 14 overs: 
    Commentary- Eng 71-4 (target 130)

    You sense Suresh Raina's over will be the last not to be bowled by either Ashwin, Jadeja, Kumar or Yadav, a quartet that will be tough to take for nine an over. Bopara flashes and finally takes a single, with Raina then ripping one square across Eoin Morgan. That pitched on leg stump and missed off, Shane Warne-style. This turning pitch is doing more favours to India than England.


    Martin Burman: After praying for the rain to go away I'm now hoping it comes back to save us.

  52. 13 overs: 
    Commentary- Eng 68-4 (target 130)

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar back to give India some control. Flashbulbs punctuate the darkness as England nurdle and scamper. India fans chant the name of boundary rider Virat Kohli, who responds with a wave. Five singles from it, the required rate nudges towards nine an over.  

    BBC Test Match Special's Prakash WakankarContributor

    "Now Ashwin isn't bowling, the pressure has gone and England are scoring runs comfortably."

  54. 12 overs: 
    Commentary- Eng 63-4 (target 130)

    More spin, India looking to steal a few overs from the off-breaks of Suresh Raina. There's nine overs to go in what is essentially a T20, but India have a short leg and a slip for Bopara. Single for Ravi, then Morgan leans back to crack past cover for four. Is the Dubliner the key man? 67 needed from 48 balls.


    Nick in Woking, via text on 81111: England aren't playing well, but that was a truly awful third umpire decision.

  56. 11 overs: 
    Commentary- Eng 55-4

    This is a good time for India to sneak a few overs of pace through, so Dhoni recalls the shaggy haired Ishant at the Pavilion End. Morgan senses the opportunity to counter-punch and flays through the covers despite the off-side field being heavily packed. Wind blows the clouds across Birmingham in the distance, this game will almost certainly be completed.

    BBC Test Match Special's Phil TufnellContributor

    "What a time to bowl a maiden over by Ravi Ashwin. The Indian supporters are really getting into this now, sensing their side has a real chance of winning."

  58. 10 overs: 
    Commentary- Ind 46-4

    Now then Ravi Bopara, you're on the crest of a wave, playing the cricket of your life. Your country needs you. My advice to you, though, would be to ignore the problems Eoin Morgan is having at the other end. Quite frankly, the turn Ravi Ashwin is getting is making Morgan look like man trying to hit a squash ball with a snooker cue. Spin, grip, bounce, a maiden earning a cheer that is heard in Worcester.

    BBC Test Match Special's Prakash WakankarContributor

    "That is a surprise. There was enough doubt to give the batsman the benefit. When in doubt, it is not out. Ian Bell will consider himself hard done by."

  60. 8.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Bell st Dhoni b Jadeja 13 (Eng 46-4)

    A huge, perhaps controversial moment in this match. Replay after replay is shown on this Bell decision, different angles, zoomed in, frame by frame. Third umpire Bruce Oxenford is the man making the call, surely there's enough doubt to side with the batsman? Bell waits, then the sight of the entire ground rising to its feet tells him he must go. He can't believe it, shaking his head as he drags himself off. All of a sudden, India are favourites.


    Pedictably, Dhoni goes back to spin, recalling Tom Selleck-lookalike Ravi Jadeja to the attack. India post a gully for Bell, so the right-hander reverse sweeps for four. Next ball...ripped past the edge...26,000 appeal for a he gone? We need a replay...

    BBC Test Match Special's Phil TufnellContributor

    "A decent catch by Ishant Sharma but it was a top-edged pull. Joe Root had acres of space to work it into the off side but he decided to go for a cross-batted shot. England just need to keep cool and knock it about a bit."

  63. 7.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Root c Ishant b Ashwin 7 (Eng 40-3)

    Dear oh dear, are England's old frailties against spin about to cost them again? A young face but the same result, as Joe Root plays a poor shot to miscue Ashwin to Ishant at deep backward square leg. The ball is turning and England look frantic. The momentum is with India. Iceman Eoin Morgan, your adopted nation needs you...

    BBC Test Match Special's Phil TufnellContributor

    "Joe Root will be happy with some pace on the ball on this pitch. If India win this game, it will be the spinners who do it."

  65. 7 overs: 
    Commentary- Eng 38-2 (target 130)

    Joe Root, with the fearlessness of youth, is England's new man. Interesting move from Dhoni, whipping Jadeja out of the attack in favour of Ishant Sharma's pace. Ishant, wind blowing his long, black locks, is too short, allowing Root to pull through two pigeons at mid-wicket. England nudging and scampering, looking more comfortable with pace on the ball.

    BBC Test Match Special's Simon MannContributor

    "India sense they have a chance now with their two spinners on at either end and England's rock on his way back to the pavilion."

  67. 5.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Trott st Dhoni b Ashwin 20 (Eng 28-2)

    England's rock is gone and India have a sniff. Ravi Ashwin, from around the wicket, has Jonathan Trott overbalancing to a leg-side wide, with Dhoni whipping the bails off quick as a flash. The ground rises, fireworks go off as Rod Tucker's finger is raised. From only seven balls we know the threat that India's spinners will pose. 

    BBC Test Match Special's Simon MannContributor

    "England need to go at 6.5 an over and they are currently scoring at sixes. That's the advantage of batting second, you know what to do. England just need to make sure they don't put too much pressure on their middle order."

  69. 5 overs: 
    Commentary- Eng 27-1 (target 130)

    Now then, how England play the left-arm spin of Ravi Jadeja will be key. Jadeja, 10 wickets and more dot balls bowled than any other player in the tournament finds turn, spitting one past Trott. Dot balls cheered like wickets, England manage only three singles. I think we're at about an eight on the tenseometer.


    Michelle Garland: My stomach feels like there's a hamster race going on inside it!

  71. 4 overs: 
    Commentary- Eng 24-1 (target 130)

    Trotty, you old tease. He's in good enough form to just scoop over mid wicket for two. Rohit Sharma looked interested in a catch, but Trott is toying with him. England keeping it ticking, platform being built. Trott 18, Bell four.

  72. 3 overs: 
    Commentary- Eng 17-1 (target 130)

    Trott looks as relaxed as man just woken from a nap under a tree. A whip off Kumar through midwicket for four prompts MS Dhoni to stand up to the stumps, but the Warwickshire man responds with a cut for another boundary. He's already up to 14 from seven balls. Flying.


    Harriet in Dorset, via text on 81111: Bopara seems to do better the more people complain about him, so can I take this opportunity to say he can't bat?

  74. 2 overs: 
    Commentary- Eng 6-1 (target 130)

    Jonathan Trott, your time is now. Does Trott know his time is now? Does he know what day it is? Does he know how tense this situation is? I suspect not. The man just bats. He's off the mark with three through the leg side.

    BBC Sport's Justin Goulding at EdgbastonContributor

    “The crowd is certainly thinning out – mid-innings toilet break or trains to catch? – but you wouldn’t know it from the roar that erupted when Ashwin pouched Cook. The India fans haven’t given this up, that’s for sure.”

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "There is so much animation in the crowd, but look at the Indian players. They are jubliant. It's not easy to bat out there and Alastair Cook never looked settled. Already India have applied some pressure."

  77. 1.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Cook c Ashwin b Yadav 2 (Eng 3-1)

    Jubilation for India, the brilliant Umesh Yadav accounting for England skipper Alastair Cook. Yadav's pace has Cook playing and missing and, with every dot cheered, the pressure got too much for the left-hander, who could only guide to Ravi Ashwin at first slip. Celebrations in the stand matched by those on the pitch, with Ashwin mobbed like a man who has just scored the winning penalty in a shootout. 

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "We don't know how England will line up, they have been pretty rigid. I would think about promoting Ravi Bopara in the order. He is on the crest of a wave at the moment."

  79. 1 over: 
    Commentary- Eng 3-0 (target 130)

    This is virtually a day-nighter as Kumar runs away from us at the Pavilion End. The floodlights are causing each player to cast four shadows as well as reflecting off the stickers of each batsman's willow. Good from Kumar, movement. Three singles from it.

  80. 1855: 

    Quick as a flash, the umpires are back out. India are into a huddle, MS Dhoni, the statesman, urging one last effort from his unbeaten troops. Here come England openers Alastair Cook and Ian Bell. Only 130 runs stand between the hosts and glory. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the ball. Nervous? Wait no longer. 


    The Langstons in Surrey, via text on 81111: Have Broad and Anderson been to the same barber? Like WW1 soldier - sack the barber!

  82. 1852: 

    There's two games to be played in this final 20 overs. One where England will chase 130 to win their first global ODI trophy, the other with the weather, which could end it all. It's grey, but it's been grey for some time now. I reckon we might finish this after all.

    BBC Sport's Justin Goulding at EdgbastonContributor

    “There’s not a spare seat in the press box, which is saying something because it’s absolutely enormous – 30m long by my estimate, with three rows of tables. As well as the usual collection of UK hacks, we have journalists from the Hindustan Times, the Times of India and even Royal News TV.”

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "England have done half of their job now and it's their final to lose. They are the ones in control of this final."

  85. 1848: 

    Ten-minute turnaround, quick work for everyone. The groundsman's job is made harder when the first roller he brings out is sent away by fourth umpire Aleem Dar. He has to trudge off to fetch another, smaller weight with which to press the pitch.


    Gordon Pal: I'm pretty close to ordering a bright red England ODI shirt with Bopara on the back right now.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "Great entertainment. The light is not great, but England look very pleased with themselves. Jos Buttler is slapping everyone on the back and they think they can get these runs."

  88. 20 overs: 
    SIX- Ind 129-7

    Brilliant first four balls from Bresnan, India need to go big from the final two. Jadeja on strike...oh hello, massive! Sailing over long on for a maximum. Last ball...heaved into the on side, scamper two. India close on 129-7, but the celebrations amongst the England team as they leave the field shows that they are happy with their effort. They need 130 to win the Champions Trophy.

  89. 19.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Ashwin run out 1 (Ind 119-7)

    Ravichandra Ashwin's stay lasts only one ball. With India looking to scamper in the final over, Ashwin is slow to turn for two and can't get his dive in before Ian Bell's throw clatters the non-striker's stumps.


    OddJob: Is Bopara sneakily moving up to England's Player of the Tournament?

  91. 19 overs: 
    Commentary- Ind 117-6

    The dangerous Ravi Jadeja remains, however, uppercutting Anderson through third man for four. Last over coming up, grey clouds rolling in again.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "Virat Kohli tried to open up the off side and Ravi Bopara got underneath it and took a comfortable catch in the end. Kohli is the only Indian batsman who looked like he was getting to grips with the English attack and the conditions."

  93. 18.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Kohli c Bopara b Anderson 43 (Ind 113-6)

    Just when India looked to be getting some momentum, England strike. Jadeja smashes Anderson over long off for six but when Kohli tries a repeat he can only find the safe hands of Ravi Bopara. He goes for 43 from 34 balls, ending a stand of 47 in five and a half overs.


    Mark in Stafford, via text on 81111: I find it unbelievable that some people would rather a sporting final be abandoned completely than an attempt made to find a result! I'm sure the spectators witnessing for many a once in a lifetime experience are pleased common sense prevailed.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "That drop could prove to be expensive. Jonathan Trott got two hands to it but felt it was coming quicker than he expected and he ended up tipping it over the top."

  96. 18 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Ind 106-5

    Stuart Broad has three men on the leg side boundary for both the right-handed Kohli and left-handed Jadeja. Neither batsman should expect many balls in their own half. Short from Broad...slash from Kohli...dropped by Trott above his head at short third man. Bursts through his hands like a goalkeeper tipping over the bar. How costly will that be? Erm...very costly. Kohli knows what's coming and swivels on a pull shot. My word, that's gone miles, way back into the stand. Six of the best. Massive.

    BBC Test Match Special's Prakash WakankarContributor

    "This is strange to see from Virat Kohli. We are used to seeing him looking calm and in control but he has tried to heave the ball with his last couple of shots."

  98. 17 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Ind 97-5

    Two newsworthy events. Firstly, the two-over batting powerplay has been taken. Secondly, and more importantly, the sun has made an appearance on this Birmingham evening. Only three men on the boundary as Tim Bresnan returns to run into the wind, greeted by a Kohli swipe through cow corner for four. Kohli on the charge, he's up to 36 from 31 balls.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "England would have taken this at the start. Virat Kohli has shown that it takes time to get in on this surface and start timing the ball. England need to take notice of that when they bat."

  100. 16 overs: 
    Commentary- Ind 86-5

    Off-spinner Tredwell for his final over as the threat of rain seems to have passed, for now at least. Some tap-and-run stuff from India, then the moustachioed Jadeja pulls out a slog sweep for four. India upping the rate, but the good work already done by England means it is unlikely that they will have any more than par at the end of these 20 overs.


    Gavin Harper: Imagine if FIFA said that the World Cup final had to be competed over 45 minutes instead of 90 minutes due to rain? Bewildering.

  102. 15 overs: 
    Commentary- Ind 79-5

    Tense. India under the pump, England hoping to beat the rain. Kohli remains, battering Bopara through the covers then savagely sweeping. Successive boundaries. Better from India, 12 from it, but Bopara still finishes with the very good figures of 3-20 from his maximum of four overs.

    BBC Sport's Justin Goulding at EdgbastonContributor

    "With Dhoni gone, the weight of responsibility now rests squarely on the shoulders of the talented Kohli. But he simply can’t get on strike: he has faced just three of the last 20 deliveries."

  104. 14 overs: 
    Commentary- Ind 67-5

    England are going for the kill, bringing back strike bowler James Anderson to have a go at new man Ravi Jadeja. Unease from the India fans in the Edgbaston gloom, one young lad gets off his seat to try and urge noise from those in blue. Strains of a song in support of Anderson, who has Jadeja swishing at thin air. Only one from it. The last three overs have gone for only three runs.

    BBC Test Match Special's Simon MannContributor

    "It's a double wicket maiden for Ravi Bopara - and what a superb catch by James Tredwell. He is being mobbed by the England team."

  106. 13 overs: 
    WICKET- Dhoni c Tredwell b Bopara 0 (Ind 66-5)

    This is simply unbelievable. Ravi Bopara is destroying India. Now it's the biggest gun, Mahendra Dhoni that is cut down by Ravi as a slash to third man is pouched by James Tredwell. England are delirious, they know they are all over India. Bopara has the amazing figures of 3-8 from three overs.

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "Advantage England now. Ravi Bopara and James Tredwell have created a lot of pressure but here comes India's trump card, and possibly the coolest man in cricket, MS Dhoni."

  108. 12.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Raina c Cook b Bopara 1 (Ind 66-4)

    India are buckling under this England pressure. Now it's Suresh Raina's turn to fall on his sword, heaving a Bopara wobbler to the belly of Alastair Cook at mid on. It's strange to see England wickets greeted with near silence, but Bopara is the party pooper in Birmingham. Enter Mahendra Dhoni... 


    Ilyas Najib: As a British-born Pakistani it pains me to say that my new favourite cricketer is Shikhar Dhawan, he is just outstanding.

  110. 12 overs: 
    Commentary- Ind 66-3

    Is it still raining? Does it matter any more? Left-hander Suresh Raina is the new man, he has a slip for company. India are looking for a single every time, but Tredwell is holding his nerve like a poker player bluffing on a pair of twos. It's tense inside Edgbaston, this partisan crowd know India are under the pump.

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "Eoin Morgan caught it well. Karthik has not looked the part and holed out. Raina is the new batsman, swinging the bat as he walks to the crease like Ian Botham used to do."

  112. 11.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Karthik c Morgan b Tredwell 6 (Ind 64-3)

    Dinesh Karthik has looked about as comfortable as a man sitting on the remote control and the pressure has finally got to him. He aims a huge swipe at Tredwell, but can only send the ball high into the Birmingham sky, dropping into the hands of Eoin Morgan at short fine leg. England tighten the screw.

    BBC Sport's Justin Goulding at EdgbastonContributor

    "The trees behind the ground at the City End are being buffeted by a swirling wind. A good day if you brought your kite to Edgbaston."

  114. 11 overs: 
    Commentary- Ind 64-2

    Bopara, shuffling run-up in the darkest light of the day. Is that rain? Yes, but it looks like we're going to stick it out for now. Virat Kohli is looking to use his feet, so Ravi calls wicketkeeper Jos Buttler up to the stumps. Brilliant from Ravi, only five singles from it. I fancy that England are the happier team right now.


    Nazir in Wolverhampton, via text on 81111: They have spent millions developing the Edgbaston ground. It's time to follow Wimbledon and introduce a roof - let's face it, our summers are becoming wetter.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "It really sums up what a foul day it is when the bails are getting blown off. It's cold, wet and miserable."

  117. 10 overs: 
    Commentary- Ind 59-2

    Bopara completes a very tidy over as new man Dinesh Karthik gets off the mark. The wind both blows off the bails and wafts into the press box with Tredwell bowling under the most sinister of skies. More rain coming? Kohli down the track, whipping over midwicket for four with elastic wrists. 

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "Tredwell will be relieved because Dhawan caused him problems in the previous over. That 31 is Dhawan's lowest score of the tournament but he still played some amazing shots during this innings. As for Ravi, he has had a really good tournament."

  119. 8.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Dhawan c Tredwell b Bopara 31 (Ind 50-2)

    Who predicted that Ravi Bopara would have had such an impact for England in this tournament? His latest effort is to remove the dangerous Dhawan, enticing the left-hander to drive a slower ball to Tredwell at short cover. Booed by the India fans as he entered the attack, Ravi currently has one up on them.

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "I think India might target James Tredwell. As a bowler, with these new fielding regulations, you always feel as though there is a gap somewhere."

  121. 8 overs: 
    Commentary- Ind 49-1

    Spin for the first time in the spherical shape of James Tredwell, who, according to Aggers on TMS looks like a vicar. No sign of church-like silence inside Edgbaston as the dexterous Dhawan sweeps, then reverse sweeps successive boundaries. Crowd alive, whistles and horns, Dhawan the composer. 


    Fraser West from Birmingham, TMS inbox: This crowd deserve a game today especially because nearly all of Bears' games this year have been rain-affected, not to mention all of last year's internationals here being affected by rain. Bears and Edgbaston have had a lot of bad luck weather-wise.

  123. 7 overs: 
    Commentary- Ind 40-1

    What does Shikhar Dhawan do during these breaks? A net? Dressing room cricket? A booming drive from the very first ball earns him only a single despite being right out of the middle, with Virat Kohli beaten before angling a single of his own. Dhawan has 23, Kohli seven.

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "If any little showers come along, they just have to play through them now."

  125. 1738: 

    Here we go then. If we're not drinking in the Last Chance Saloon, we may well be having a swift half in the pub next door. Back come the umpires, with red England and India's batsmen behind. India are 38-1 off 6.2, Tim Bresnan with an over to complete. It's dark, but, then again, it's been dark all day.


    SimonSimontw: Re 1718; Anything by The Spinners?


    Rob from East Sussex, at Edgbaston, via text on 81111: This is absurd. The reason for cut-off times is so that the crowd can make plans on how to get home! Now I have to decide between catching the last train and losing £50 or hanging around until 9 and being stuck in Birmingham all night!

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "We're in last-throw-of-the-dice territory. Another interruption and they're struggling to play this game."

  129. 1730: 
    Commentary- PLAY TO RESUME AT 1740

    First over the tannoy, then in the press box, comes the announcement that we will resume at 1740. As has been the norm all day, that information comes with an asterisk, telling us that it will only be so if there is no more rain. Frankly, I'd be stunned if there is no more rain in those clouds out west.

  130. 1724: 

    That Indian intent/English sloppiness was perhaps predictable from the way the two sides warmed-up. India, football out, were relaxed. England, regimented stretching and drilling, were not. Only one white sheet remains on the square, but another filthy cloud is heading our way.

  131. 1721: 

    What did we make of those first 38 balls? England's bowling was largely accurate, but India did not fail to punish anything loose. The most noticable aspect was India's busy running between the wickets and those two instances of England overthrows.

  132. 1718: 

    Now we're talking - Sultans Of Swing by Dire Straits. Was this written about James Anderson? Would probably make it on to the list of my favourite songs that could be tenuously linked to cricket.

  133. 1716: 

    Covers coming off again. Mumford & Sons on the tannoy. "I will wait for you" they sing. Were they referring to umpires Tucker and Dharmasena on Champions Trophy final day?

  134. 1714: 

    As an aside to the weather, I'd like to share with you the fact that the hand-dryer in the gents of the Edgbaston press box has a sign that reads "this will be turned off during the press conference". With the press conference being in a separate room, is that the world's loudest hand-dryer?

  135. 1707: 

    Shall I give up on the weather reports? The sun is out, but the covers are coming back on. Now they're going off. Basically, the covers are on and off more times than a builder's kettle.

    BBC Test Match Special's Adam MountfordContributor

    "The ICC technical committee met before the match and we can play until 8.30pm."

  137. 1704: 

    Just a reminder, no further overs can be taken from this game, it's 20 per side or nothing. However, we are premitted to have roughly another 75 minutes of disruption. By my reckoning, we could be off until about 1815 and still get a game in. However, I doubt the players will be in the pavilion for that long. In fact, the covers are being removed as I type.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "It's a moot point, if England do win, if they have won their first 50-over world tournament or not."

    BBC Sport's Justin Goulding at EdgbastonContributor

    "England have looked sharp in the field – alert to the scampered single, accurate with their throws from the boundary, quick to back up, and hurrying between overs - but twice they have conceded overthrows. Only time will tell how costly they will be in a 20-over game."


    Edward Pick: Can I make a petition for Barbra Streisand never to be played at a cricket match - utter garbage. Thanks.

  141. 1700: 

    As we peer out from the Pavilion End, the weather moves in front of us, from left to right. That gives us a decent idea of what's coming and there is some blue behind the grey that is currently dumping on Edgbaston. Groundstaff in black and Cricketeers in red remain on the square, ready to remove the covers at a second's notice. 


    Rodger Armstrong: Champions Trophy reduced to T20! As daft as making the FIFA World Cup final 5-a-side.

  143. 1657: 

    To put that extra time added to the match into context, the cut off should have been 1915, so the new scheduled close of 2030 gives us an extra 75 minutes. We're going to need it too, the rain has settled slightly, so the reflective white sheets have surrounded the wicket.

  144. 6.2 overs: 
    RAIN STOPS PLAY- Ind 38-1

    It's very, very dark out there. I doubt we'd have play right now if it wasn't for the floodlights. Sure enough, after a needless throw from Eoin Morgan gives India a poor overthrow, the rain is back again and the players sprint for the pavilion. It's heavier than in the previous over, so the sheets for the square are being readied. 


    David, Bewdley, via text on 81111:  I'm 20 miles west of you and I can't see the Clent Hills in between, so I think you're in trouble.

  146. 6 overs: 
    SIX- Ind 35-1

    What did Shikhar Dhawan do during that tiny disruption? From the first ball back, he is rocking back to uppercut Broad over third man all the way for the first maximum of the match. It was a dropped catch too, but the fielder was a spectator hanging over the wall.

    BBC Test Match Special's Phil TufnellContributor

    "You just have to get out there and get stuck in now. You're in the final and you're playing for a trophy."

  148. 5.4 overs: 
    RAIN STOPS PLAY- Ind 28-1

    Bad news, the rain has returned and the players scurry off. Game over? Trophy shared? Not a bit of it. Common sense has prevailed from the ICC, who has decided that play can be extended to 2030 tonight. Indeed, no sooner is the hovercover in place, the rain has passed and the umpires are calling the players back out. Frantic stuff, but it seems everything will be done to get a conclusion to this match.


    Peter in Milton Keynes, TMS inbox: Well we have play but, with 11 Indian players with lots of IPL experience and only one English player, I think the scales tip towards an Indian victory.

  150. 5 overs: 
    Commentary- Ind 25-1

    Virat Kohli the new batsman, Tim Bresnan the new bowler as the fielding restrictions of the powerplay are relaxed. Bresnan, red towel poking from his red trousers, running in order a darkening sky, is accurate to the swishing Dhawan. Good running from India, leading Bresnan to give Dhawan a little shove as a single is pinched. Handbags, with Bresnan getting some boos.

    BBC Test Match Special's Phil TufnellContributor

    "It was a little nip-backer through the gate from Broad. It's a dry pitch and taking the pace off the ball with little cutters could be the way to go here."

  152. 3.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Rohit b Broad 9 (Ind 19-1)

    Bowled him! England strike, Stuart Broad nipping one back between Rohit Sharma's bat and pad to break this opening stand. A big wicket for England, Rohit and Dhawan are used to giving India good starts in this tournament. The middle order has not been pressured.


    Andy, Presteigne, via text on 81111: Had it been known that only 20 overs were available, would this have affected the decision to bowl first?

  154. 3 overs: 
    Commentary- Ind 16-0

    I reckon you could just watch the stands and know exactly what is happening in this game. When Rohit edges Anderson past the only slip for the first boundary, the crowd is up, waving flags and blowing horns. My word, what's happened here? A regulation throw from Tim Bresnan is over Jos Buttler's head and past Eoin Morgan for four overthrows. England have a big enough task without gifting runs away.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "There is a huge block of rain to the west of us but we might get lucky and it might pass to the south of us. We've been watching this band of weather all day - it started in Northern Ireland. I fear one break in play and that will be that."

  156. 2 overs: 
    Commentary- Ind 6-0

    Stuart Broad with the other new ball, running towards us from the City End as sunlight, then clouds, then sun again sweep across the ground. Three singles, then Dhawan calls Rohit through for one that hasn't left the track. Race between Broad and Dhawan, but Broad can't gather and Dhawan dives home. Coordinated India chants and clapping from the stands, but England have started well.


    Graham Seeman, TMS inbox: "The redeveloped Edgbaston has superb floodlighting, so why does this have to be reduced to a 20-over game? This is supposed to be a 50-over ODI tournament and, with a day-night game, it still could be."

  158. 1 over: 
    Commentary- Ind 2-0

    A huge crescendo of noise as Anderson runs away from us, bowling with two slips to Rohit. There's movement, but Rohit takes one to give us our first glimpse of Anderson v Dhawan. Gun seamer v batsman of the tournament. Edged...but wide of the slips! No fireworks yet, but Jimmy on the money.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "The floodlights are on and it's a case of crossed fingers. It will be a miracle if we get a result, but you never know..."


    Nick in Brum, via text on 81111: Is this Jonathan Trott's first ever international T20?

    Trott's international career actually began in the shortest form of the game.

  161. 1619: 

    Here come the umpires, followed by the red of England. Just one change for the hosts, remember. Tim Bresnan in for Steven Finn. India's openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma follow. Get ready for the first big battle of this final, as James Anderson marks his run beneath us. Believe it or not, we're about to play.

  162. 1616: 

    The sun is still shining, but there's a sinister black cloud heading our way. It's moving pretty swiftly, so we should be OK. The Grenadier Guard drummers play along to Seven Nation Army, to which the India fans sing "ooooohhhhh Ravi Jadeja". Just under five minutes until the seemingly endless wait will be over.

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "It's a long time for England to never have won a 50-over world tournament. It would be a strange way to get there, but it's better to win a 20-over game than share the trophy."


    Khalid Saeed: I bet the Aussies are hoping there's more of this rain in our so called summer. It may be their only chance of salvation.

    BBC Sport's Justin Goulding at EdgbastonContributor

    "While England’s players warm up (again) with a series of shuttle runs and stretching exercises, the Indians opt for a game of football on the outfield. While there are a few who are playing like they’ve never seen a football, let alone kicked one, captain Dhoni clearly fancies himself as a player. He’s a fan of the step-over, let’s put it that way."

  166. 1610: 

    The sun might be out, but I think the Edgbaston DJ is being a tad optimistic as he belts out some 'Feeling hot, hot, hot'.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jeremy ConeyContributor

    "Alastair Cook will know what the target is and, on a surface which has been under cover for a day, there might be something in it for the English bowlers. It's a mouth-watering contest between Anderson and Dhawan."

  168. 1557: 

    Back come India, armed with a football. The weather has been arriving from the west and at the moment I'd say that direction currently holds more blue sky than we've seen all day. Perhaps I was safe in sticking my neck on us having some play after all.  

  169. 1550: 
    Commentary- PLAY TO START AT 1620 BST

    What's this? Some flexibility to the regulations? We will begin at 1620, with 20 overs per side. That's the shortest the game can be, so you'd think that any more rain would be curtains.


    robjones145: Intense game of 1 hand 1 bounce in the media centre to settle this?


    Nick in London, via text on 81111: Rather than sharing the trophy, can we not resolve such situations with the super-est super over ever - different bowler and different batsman for each ball, highest score after each team has had their over wins? On second thoughts, that sounds far too similar to a penalty shoot-out for English liking.


    JMPLovesyou: To decide the ICC Champions Trophy winner I vote a UFC-style battle between Cook and Dhoni. One-round winner takes all.

  173. 1546: 

    There's a mopping-up operation under way in fast forward. Everyone knows the urgency of this situation. We have just over half an hour to get this game going. If we fail, the Champions Trophy will be shared, which seems like a pretty unsatisfactory conclusion. India were warming up with a football earlier, could it be settled with a game of 5-a-side?

  174. 1542: 

    The covers are coming off! There's a hint of blue sky amongst the grey! Is there one last chance to get this final under way?

  175. 1538: 

    It may be belting down, but this is a nice moment. A selection of the Cricketeers, the volunteers that have helped keep the tournament running smoothly, are on the outfield, taking the applause of the crowd. For a journalist who oftens gets lost/can't find the car park/doesn't know how to tie his own shoelaces, they have been invaluable and lovely people to boot. 

  176. 1535: 

    I'm sorry to say that the rain has well and truly set in. Our last inspection at 1500 allowed play at 1545, so a gap of 45 minutes. We have to play by 1617, remember, so the sand of the hourglass is running out. Fast.


    Australian cricket journalist Jarrod Kimber on TMS: "There are a lot of problems in the Aussie dressing room. Anybody around it describes it as toxic at the moment. Some of the younger, less team-orientated players took over the culture and it's just gone downhill. It's not a good environment and I don't think anyone is happy to be involved in it at the moment."


    If today is washed out, should the International Cricket Council go against its own schedule and play the game on Monday?

    The Independent’s Stephen Brenkley says: “If there is a will, it could be done. No one is saying it's easy to rearrange but it's possible to rearrange."

    Listen to the Test Match Special debate on Radio 5 live sport.

  179. 1527: 

    I vaugely remember that I was willing to stick my neck out to say that this game will not be a complete washout. The executioner is sharpening his axe and I'm getting twitchy.


    Neil, via text on 81111: Just looked at the Met Office rain radar; start building an ark.


    koolkarts: A shambles by the ICC. The lack of contingency planning is appalling. Did they seriously think there was 0 chance of no rain?

  182. 1523: 

    Now it's heavy enough to halt India's game of football. The square is covered in a speed which the Wimbledon groundstaff would be proud of. Umbrellas appear in the stands like a giant, multicoloured mosaic. We don't have much slack here, we have to play by 1617. We can only lose eight more overs from this match.

  183. 1520: 

    You know how I said it was getting dark? Well, it's raining again. It's not heavy enough to send the players inside, but covers have been dragged to the edge of the square.

  184. 1519: 

    I hate to say it, but it's just gone a little darker over to our left, the west, which is where the rain has been coming from all day. Nevertheless, England have taken the field, albeit if some of the players are basically standing around doing nothing. Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler is padded up and being put through his paces by coach Bruce French.

  185. 1516: 

    All of a sudden, we have activity everywhere. From wet covers and spectators huddled under the concourse, to bright sunshine and players getting limber on the outfield. More cheers and whistles as India emerge from the dressing room. That 60% India support I estimated earlier? I was miles off. It's more like 80%.

  186. 1512: 

    We're going to get a game! Play to start at 1545, 24 overs per side. Take that, rain.

  187. 1511: 

    This is now turning into the longest inspection in the history of pitch inspections. A sure sign we are set for play, though, is the sight of the England coaching team waddling to the middle with some stumps and balls. There's a warm-up brewing.


    Arvind in Derby, TMS inbox: Is it just me or do others agree that the idea of playing a T20 game to win a ODI trophy just isn't right?

  189. 1509: 

    The hovercover, looking like the world's biggest hot dog, is inflated and pulled away from the wicket, like an arstist dropping a curtain to unveil a painting. I'd wager that is the dryest part of the ground. Sawdust is dumped on the wet parts just off the square, but still the inspection continues.

  190. 1506: 

    Umpires are only ever seen without hats when they do their pitch inspections. I wonder why they are hat-free when the rain is about, but hatted when play is ongoing and, presumably, there is no wet suff. We wait for the verdict.

  191. 1504: 

    Lots of stomping of feet and prodding the ground with the pointy bit of an umbrella. Two tractors circle the outfield, dragging a rope that looks like it could be used for a giant to do some skipping. The umpires have completed their lap, the conference is under way... 

    BBC Sport's Justin Goulding at EdgbastonContributor

    "All this rain is good news for the Edgbaston shop, which is doing a brisk trade as punters seek shelter. Plenty of people were interested in the special offer on Champions Trophy T-shirts – a tenner each, two for £15 – when I popped in, but by far the biggest seller was the snazzy blue official tournament jacket. Very fetching."

  193. 1501: 

    Here we go then, the umpires are out there, along with England coach Ashley Giles. Like groundsmen, Giles is another bloke who always seems to be wearing shorts (see 1049).

  194. 1500: 

    Not long to go before that pitch inspection, but Ian Bell has decided he can't wait for the umpires' verdict. He's out in the middle with Warwickshire team-mate Jonathan Trott. They can't see much, as the wicket is still covered. There seems to be some discussion about a wet patch near the end of the covers.

  195. 1457: 

    Of course, after this final (and a couple of T20s against New Zealand), England's attention will turn towards the Ashes. They warm-up for the Australia series with a four-day game against Essex, the squad for which will be announced tomorrow. Expect the name KP Pietersen to be included; he's going well for Surrey against Yorkshire on his return from a knee injury.


    morgie36: If the final is rained off can there just be a bowl-off? But in masks, snorkels and flippers?

  197. 1452: 

    I'm willing to stick my neck out and say that we will get some play. I'm not sure when and I don't know for how long, but I now doubt that this game will be a complete washout. Visibility across Birmingham is now so good that the red towers in the distance, copies of The Oval's Gasometer, can be seen for the first time today.


    Tim2lloyd: Dry at Tenbury. Other end of the A456. Should be dry in Brum soon.

  199. 1446: 

    If I had to use one word to describe the sun right now, it would be: "Out". Some covers remain on the square, but I think that might because they are covered in water and moving them would cause a spillage.

  200. 1442: 

    The Beatles' Here Comes The Sun is played as, one by one, the covers are rolled away. While the mopping up is going on, former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes a stroll on the outfield. Looking immaculate in his silver-grey suit, Dada flashed the odd wave to the adoring India fans. He also nearly walked into the pool where the Super Sopper had been dumping gallons of water.


    Toby in London, via text on 81111: Just driven past The Oval. Lovely weather. Ground is not being used. Hop on the team buses and get down to London. Still time for a day/night match.

    BBC Sport's Justin Goulding at EdgbastonContributor

    "The miserable weather hasn’t had much impact on the India fans, who comfortably outnumber England’s at Edgbaston. There are mini parties going on in the stands, complete with drums, flags and dancing in the aisles. I might try and wangle an invite to that particularly lively gathering in the Priory Stand."

  203. 1431: 

    Cheers, whistles and horns every time one of the huge white sheets that covered the square and the bowlers' run-ups is dragged away. The only problem is, those covers are leaving massive puddles on the outfield. The Super Sopper is at work on those.

  204. 1428: 

    The weather has improved enough for the umpires to schedule another pitch inspection. If we have no more bad weather, they will emerge from the pavilion at 1500.

  205. 1426: 

    We return with news, not quite good news, but potentially encouraging news. The rain has relented for long enough for the covers to be pulled back and the appearance of the sun has brought the biggest cheer of the day from those brave enough to remain in the stands. It has looked bleak for a long, long time, but the chances of us getting some play seem to have taken a turn for the better.

  206. 1206: 

    ...which has persuaded the umpires to call an early lunch - at 1230. We're informed there will be a pitch inspection after that - "when conditions permit". Don't hold your breath.

  207. 1203: 

    Alas, there has been no noon inspection because the rain returned, and has actually got heavier in the last few minutes. The city skyline is shrouded in cloud - always a good measure of the weather in these parts - and I'd say this is as bleak as it's been today.

  208. 1141: 

    Sit tight for 20 minutes or so, stick the kettle on and treat yourself to a biscuit. I'm off to figure out a more satisfactory way of settling this match instead of sharing the trophy. I'll be back with news from the inspection.

  209. 1138: 

    Right then, some news and good news at that. There will be an inspection at 1200. Fingers crossed for no more of the wet stuff.


    BakewellBooks: Is there no way we could move the whole island south a bit so the weather wouldn't interfere with cricket season?


    Richard Leigh, via text on 81111: The people standing will be drinking beer or making mobile phone calls. You can't do either sitting down.

  212. 1136: 

    Whisper is quietly, but it may just be brightenining up. Birmingham, in all its glory, is now clearly visible in front of me and no umbrellas are up in the crowd. Umpires Rod Tucker and Kumar Dharmasena have had a wander to the middle, but are now back in the hutch. As we've gone past 1130 without any play, this match will be shortened.

  213. 1132: 

    The umpires are chatting on the edge of the square. A member of the groundstaff is gesticulating. A photographer paps them.


    NM, a London-based India fan, via text on 81111: You've got to wonder why the final was scheduled for Edgbaston given how much it rains there. London would've been a much safer bet. Joint winners after two weeks of great cricket is utterly disappointing!

  215. 1128: 

    You always find plenty of people standing in the crowd at times like this. Maybe they get a better view of the rain. Or maybe they've got a wet seat. First rule of cricket watching: always pack a towel to dry your seat.


    Tony in Wiltshire, via text on 81111: We won the toss so let's just have the trophy.

  217. 1124: 

    The rain has stopped momentarily but the rope being dragged around the outfield is bringing up a fair bit of spray, which suggests it may take some drying...


    James in Devon, via text on 81111: According to the BBC website, Captain Cook says that England can end their 38-year one-day trophy drought today. "Drought" might be a less than appropriate choice of words.

  219. 1118: 

    Aha, they're pushing it to one side of the covers so the Super Sopper can collect more of it. Ingenious. The chap driving it might be one of the busiest people at Edgbaston today.

  220. 1116: 

    We currently have groundstaff brushing water around the covers. I'm not sure if that's for any reason other than to keep them busy.


    Sally Smith: Edgbaston is prone to this - when I was at the T20 finals day in 2011 the covers were on and off like a home security light.

  222. 1108: 

    The shimmer of the floodlights reflecting off the white covers is one of the few bright spots inside Edgbaston, that and the glow of the revolving advertising hoardings that circle the boundary. Spectators are drifting from their seats to the dry of the concourse.


    Richard Holroyd, TMS inbox: No Bairstow again. What does someone so talented have to do to be recognized?

  224. 1106: 

    Usually during rain delays, a few unlucky security types have to stay in the middle and man the covers. For what reason, I do not know. However, when those hardy souls are called inside for a cocoa, you know that the rain is set in. The smoke signal has gone up for those chaps to have a brew, which is not a good sign.


    Simon, via text on 81111: Did you notice it started to rain when England sang 'long to reign over us?'

  226. 1103: 

    Proper, big rain now falling at Edgbaston. Only umbrellas can be seen in the stands, with two or three spectators huddled underneath each one. The high-rise buildings of Birmingham city centre can barely be seen, they have been swallowed by the clouds.


    Dave in Leeds, via text on 81111: Us club cricketers know exactly how the players feel just now. These are always my least favourite days to play on. At least you know where you stand when the rain is persistent all day.


    Kevin Turfrey, TMS inbox: For all those who bemoan the state of English sport, I have just turned up to play for my local league cricket team in Corfu, only to be told that the government in Athens has decreed that only Greek nationals can take part in league fixtures! I thought it was a game to bring nations together. 

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "It might just turn into a Gangnam day. It's the fourth time now that the covers have been taken off and then put back on. Tuffers and Vic, how is your Gangnam dance?"

  230. 1053: 

    Rain? Who cares? The India fans down to my right are now involved in a massive Gangnam dance off. Even the biggest music snob (of which I would include myself) can't fail to love a bit of Gangnam. Flags waving, arms circling in the air, great stuff. Sadly, though, the full white sheets to cover the entire square have returned. It's belting down.


    Alex Goddard: We really don't want rain to turn this into anything resembling a Twenty20. We don't have anything like the right side for that.

  232. 1049: 

    The umpires, three of them, are in conversation with the groundsman, who is wearing shorts. I'm fairly certain every groundsman in the world wears shorts, whatever the weather. In my experience, groundsmen are hard as nails and actually quite like the rain. The conclusion of their conversation is that the covers must come on again. We have more rain.

  233. 1046: 

    Cheers as the covers are removed again. If this was a club game, you wouldn't want to be the home side. It's the sort of day when the covers will be doing a constant hokey cokey. Hopefully, we'll be getting some play pretty imminently.

    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan AgnewContributor

    "Following the birth of his son this week, Tim Bresnan and his family released a statement saying they named their son Max Geoffrey after Tim's grandfather - not another Geoffrey from Yorkshire."


    Jack Pearson: Correct decision to play Bresnan, dismayed at England's treatment of Bairstow though

  236. 1041: 

    Dear oh dear. I apologise if I got your hopes up because the covers are back out again. I fear I may type that more than once today.

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "James Tredwell has done well in this tournament, but he has a big task on his hands today because Indian batsmen are generally not too concerned by English finger spinners. Even Graeme Swann."

  238. 1039: 

    The tractor-buggy combo is dragging a rope around the outfield - one of the more curious sights in cricket. If that rope was used to mark the boundary in a previous lifetime, it must have been a miniature pitch.

  239. 1036: 

    Better news: the outer covers are being rolled/folded/dragged off.

    BBC Sport's Justin Goulding at EdgbastonContributor

    "Is there anything the Cricketeers can’t do? The red T-shirted volunteers who have been a ubiquitous presence during this tournament not only direct people to the ground, hold doors open and dish out useful sheets of stats to the press corps, but they also double as groundstaff – some are standing on the edge of the covers to stop the wind blowing them away. I’d certainly hire them."

  241. 1033: 

    We can be off for an hour before overs are taken out of the game. A minimum of 20 per side is needed to constitute a result and if we don't get those, the trophy will be shared. I think we're a little way from having to consider that, though.

    BBC Test Match Special's Prakash WakankarContributor

    "Now that England have won the toss, it will be a good test of Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. If they can survive the first 10 or 15 overs, India have a good chance."

  243. 1031: 

    It was an odd sight to see covers being pulled on behind the players as they were singing the anthems, but needs must. Looking into the black of the sightscreens, raindrops are clearly visible. From the high vantage point of the pressbox, the tall buildings of Birmingham city centre are shrouded in steel grey.


    Dominic, via text on 81111: People should get off Bresnan's back. Good economical bowler who always does a job for England. He gets swing and takes wickets.

  245. 1028: 
    Commentary- THE COVERS ARE ON

    The players have left the field at the conclusion of the anthems and huge white sheets are now covering the entire square. The umpires, dressed in black, are also off for a brew. The start will be delayed.

  246. 1026: 

    Huge roar for the India anthem, but the covers are coming on...


    Luke Henderson: If India score anything over 300, the game's over. This England side has not proven to be good enough to chase that sort of total.

  248. 1024: 

    Need a reminder of how the teams have made it to Edgbaston? Take a look at our lovely guide to the final. The flags of England and India have been carried onto the outfield by a group of children and now the teams are welcomed by jets of orange fireworks that shoot into the grey Birmingham sky. It's anthems time. 

    BBC Test Match Special's Vic MarksContributor

    "It sounds like we will get a game today and it won't be reduced too much. Let's hope so. It's been a good tournament and there is the potential for a terrific final."


    Tim, via text on 81111: Ashwin popped in for pizza at my restaurant last night...lovely chap but hopefully nice guys don't win!

  251. 1020: 

    TMS has taken to the airwaves as highlights of the tournament are played on the big screens inside Edgbaston. It's gloomy  enough for the floodlights to be on already, but the hovercover has been pushed to the side of the wicket.


    England captain Alastair Cook: "Everyone has really enjoyed the tournament and now we are one win away from winning it. Let's hope we enjoy the game. India have been unbeaten and are the form team, but hopefully we can put them under some pressure."

  253. 1017: 

    Edgbaston is surprisingly empty considering we're only 15 minutes away from play. Of those inside the ground, the majority are definitely supporting India. The England team was even booed by one section of the crowd. Spectators are currently being entertained by the drummers dressed as Grenadier Guards, one of whom has his drumsticks on fire. Tasty.

    BBC Sport's Justin Goulding at EdgbastonContributor

    "News from the England warm-up: Jonathan Trott takes stunning one-handed catch on boundary; Graeme Swann cops stray ball on ankle; Tim Bresnan hits one stump from 50 yards; Jonny Bairstow is wearing shorts."

  255. 1013: 

    Uh oh. Is that rain about to arrive? The huge hot dog that is the hovercover has been shifted onto the wicket. No umbrellas up in the crowd, though.


    Adam, via text on 81111: Glad Bresnan has got the nod over Finn. Far less of a bowler he may be, but always guarantees around 7 runs down the order. Painfully negative.


    Ade, via text on 81111: Anyone else getting the utterly depressing feeling that Bresnan is somehow going to get the nod ahead of Finn for the first Ashes Test?


    Joe_Biggs72: Definitely right decisions, Bresnan is a more economical bowler than Finn, and he gets more swing, I'm backing England for this.

  259. 1011: 
    Commentary- GET INVOLVED

    Settled in to your Sunday morning? Bacon sandwich soothing a sore head? Ready to ease into this final? Good. All that's left to do is kick back and enjoy. While you're doing that, you may feel the urge to get involved. Three usual ways, of course. Text 81111, tweet using the hashtag #bbccricket or email

  260. 1006: 
    Commentary- LINE-UPS

    England team: Cook (capt), Bell, Trott, Root, Morgan, Bopara, Buttler (wk), Bresnan, Broad, Tredwell, Anderson.

    India team: Dhawan, R Sharma, Kohli, Karthik, Raina, Dhoni (capt, wk), Jadeja, Ashwin, Kumar, I Sharma, Yadav.

  261. 1005: 
    Commentary- TEAM NEWS

    England make one change from the side that demolished South Africa in the semi-final. New dad Tim Bresnan returns for Steven Finn, with James Tredwell remaining as the sole frontline spinner. India are unchanged from their mauling of Sri Lanka.

  262. 1000: 

    Round one to England. The coin toss falls in favour of Alastair Cook, with the England skip pouncing on the chance to have a bowl under these grey clouds. The pitch is dry after being covered yesterday, so should be good for batting, but it feels like a bowling morning.

    BBC Sport's Justin Goulding at EdgbastonContributor

    "From up on high in the press box, the outfield resembles an LS Lowry painting, with matchstick Englishman and Indians warming up either side of the usual mass gathering of TV people and groundstaff loitering on the square. There must be 60 people on the pitch at the moment. I'm sure they've all got important jobs to do."

  264. 0959: 

    Well, I say this is England's backyard, but today the men in red may feel like the visitors. One estimate is that as many as 60% of the Edgbaston crowd will be supporting India. Certainly the streets of Birmingham this morning seemed to be more decked in sky blue than red and white. Already, horns are honking and whistles blowing. We could be in for quite a party.

  265. 0957: 

    That, however, will be easier said than done. Quite simply, Mahendra Dhoni's men have been the outstanding side of this tournament, impressive in every department. The sparkling strokeplay of Shikhar Dhawan, the penetrating seam bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the wily spin of Ravi Jadeja. Electric fielding. Flexibility that has even seen Dhoni whip his wicketkeeping pads off to have a bowl. In their own backyard, England are second favourites.

  266. 0953: 

    Which brings to Edgbaston and final of the 2013 Champions Trophy. The hosts have dodged criticism of their rigid style and even a ball-tampering controversy to reach the showpiece. It's grey, there's rain in the air, the ball should do plenty for James Anderson and co. Surely it's England's time? There's just the small matter of India to deal with...


    Yep, England gave the planet its first taste of a major tournament jamberoo with the 1975 World Cup but still remain the only one of the top eight cricketing nations to never lift ODI silverware. Is today the day that Alastair Cook's class of 2013 end the hoodoo?  

  268. 0947: 

    The past 38 years have taken in 24 England Test captains, 19 Ashes series, seven Prime Ministers, four Manchester United managers and one England World Twenty20 title. Those 38 years, however, have not seen the Three Lions lift a global one-day trophy.

  269. 0945: 

    38 years. It's a long time. Well, almost four decades.

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