On this day in 2013: India defeated England to win 2013 Champions Trophy

India Champions Trophy 2013

India Champions Trophy 2013

Seven years ago, on this day, India triumphed to their second Champions Trophy by defeating England in what was a rail-curtailed final. The match was curtailed by rain, restricting the game to 20 overs per innings from the usual 50 overs format. India started off the tournament as the favourites, owing to the brilliant forms of the top three batsmen in Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. 

In one of the thrilling encounters in the history of ICC Champions Trophy, India managed to defeat the hosts to clinch their second ICC Champions Trophy title at Edgbaston, thereby becoming the 2nd team after Australia to do so. 

After a thwarting rain, the match officials had restricted the contest into a T-20 affair where India batted in the first innings and managed a score of 129/7. Virat Kohli top-scored with 43 runs off 34 balls, smashing four boundaries and one six to help the side reach a respectable total on a drenching pitch. His innings was followed by a cameo of Jadeja’s innings as he scored 33 runs off 25 balls including two boundaries and two sixes. 

From England’s side, Right-arm medium bowler Ravi Bopara took three wickets while James Anderson, Stuart Broad and James Tredwell managed to get one wicket apiece. 

England started off the in the worst fashion having lost their four top-order batsmen in just 9 overs. Opener Alastair Cook went cheaply in the second over of the game, followed by three more wickets in quick succession. 

However, Ravi Bopara (30) and Eoin Morgan (33) then started the rescue act and seemed like they would take the match away from the Men in blues but Ishant Sharma denied all hopes as he took both the wickets in a single over and turned the tables in favour of India. Subsequently, the Indian team won the game by 5 runs. 

The England team lost yet another ICC Trophy while the Indian skipper MS Dhoni became the first captain in the history to win all the major ICC trophies (50-over World Cup, 20-over World Cup and Champions Trophy)