By BV Swagath
India clinched a magical win over hosts England against all odds to clinch the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. The World Champions held their nerve for a 5-run win in what was an extremely curtailed contest of 20 overs per side. England committed hara-kiri to gift the Trophy to India as the hosts failed to chase down a modest target of 130. India were all over England once its two spinners Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin were introduced into the attack on a track that turned absolutely square!
Update at 8:40 PM IST: All set for a 20-20 Contest with a mandatory powerplay of 4 overs and a batting powerplay of 2 overs. Match to begin at 8:50 PM.
Update at 8:07 PM IST: Sorry folks it has started to rain very heavy now at Birmingham and I suspect that should be the end of the match. The weather forecast is good for tomorrow but there is no reserve day for this tournament. The Trophy will be shared by England and India. WAITING FOR THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICIALS.
Update at 7:00 PM: For the first time perhaps rain has stopped and the covers are being removed. But there is plenty of water on the outfield and the sky looks brighter now with the sun peeping out but still looking a touch overcast. There will be a Pitch Inspection at 7:30 PM IST (3:00 pm local).
Toss and Teams: Hosts England have won the toss and asked India to bat first under overcast conditions at Edgbaston in Birmingham in what is the Final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. England have made one change with Tim Bresnan coming in for Steven Finn while India stick with the same XI.
The pitch has some obvious cracks so it could take turn as the match progresses. The overhead conditions should aid swing while the moisture content in the pitch should help both the seamers and the spinners.