BIRMINGHAM: Ravichandran Ashwin (2-15) and Ravindra Jadeja (2-24) helped India beat England by 5 runs in the rain-truncated final to win the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston on Sunday.
A flurry of wickets in the final three overs made sure that England were restricted to 124/8 in 20 overs, 5 runs short of the 130-run target.
After losing four early wickets, England seemed to be on course when Eoin Morgan (33) and Ravi Bopara (30) put on a quick 64-run stand before Ishant Sharma dismissed the duo in successive deliveries in the 18th over.
England started their run chase on the wrong foot as they lost wickets at regular intervals against India.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja continued his good form with the ball as he dismissed Ian Bell (13) in the ninth over to reduce England to 46/4 in 8.4 overs.
Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin struck again in the eighth over to get rid of young Joe Root (7) as India increased their hold on the hosts.
Ashwin also dismissed in-form English batsman Jonathan Trott (20) in the sixth over to give England a major blow in their run chase.
Pacer Umesh Yadav gave India early breakthrough by scalping England skipper Alastair Cook (2) in the second over after visitors scored 129/7 in the rain-hit final.
Earlier, Ravi Bopara picked up three wickets in 16 balls to help England restrict India to 129/7 from 20 overs.
The one-day final, watched by a packed stadium, resembled a Twenty20 game after inclement weather that set in soon after the toss was held delayed the start by six hours.
The organisers, keen to provide some meaningful cricket for fans who waited patiently for the weather to improve, took the unusual decision to extend play by two hours to ensure a result.
Hosts England, looking to win their maiden one-day title, dismantled the Indian top-order after electing to bowl first in overcast conditions.
India were reduced to 66/5 before Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja boosted the total by adding a quickfire 47 for the sixth wicket.
Kohli smashed 43 off 34 balls that included four boundaries and a six, before he holed out in the deep off James Anderson in the penultimate over.
Jadeja returned unbeaten on a 25-ball 33 to leave England a victory target of 6.5 runs an over.
Rohit Sharma put on 19 runs for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan when he was bowled by Stuart Broad for nine in the fourth over.
Dhawan, who went into the final as the tournament’s leading scorer with 332 runs in four matches, hit 31 of 24 balls that included a six over third-man against Broad.
But the left-hander was dismissed off Bopara’s second delivery, caught in the covers by James Tredwell, to make India 50-2 in the ninth over.
It became 66-5 three overs later as Dinesh Karthik skied a catch off Tredwell, before Bopara removed Suresh Raina and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the space of four balls.
Raina drove Bopara straight to Alastair Cook at mid-on, while Dhoni (zero) slashed the bowler high to third man where Tredwell completed the catch.