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Congratulate Team India on Champions Trophy triumph

June 24, 2013 03:59 IST

India held their nerve to beat England by five runs in a rain-disrupted Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Sunday.

In a match reduced to 20-overs-a-side, a fifth-wicket partnership of 64 between Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara put England in sight of a victory target of 130 and their first major 50-over trophy.

- Congratulate Team India 

But the pair fell to successive deliveries by Ishant Sharma and England's lower order crumbled as the hosts finished on 124 for eight.

The victory earned Mahendra Singh Dhoni the unique record of being the first captain to win three World titles, having won the 2007 World T20 and 50-overs World Cup

- PHOTOS: India reign in the rain

Earlier, Miserly bowling by Bopara and James Tredwell helped England restrict India to 129 for seven after the start of play was delayed by nearly six hours due to persistent rain.

Virat Kohli top-scored with 43 and Shikhar Dhawan, the tournament's leading run-scorer, made a breezy 31 but India were never able to dominate a disciplined England attack.

Kohli skied James Anderson to long off but Jadeja finished unbeaten on 33 after clouting Tim Bresnan for another six in the final over of the innings.

But India's bowlers led a superb fightback as England lost wickets steadily at the start of their reply.

Cook fell for two, edging a catch to first slip off Umesh Yadav, Trott made a fluent 20 off 17 balls before being stumped by Dhoni off Ravichandran Ashwin and Joe Root pulled the same bowler straight to long leg.

Ian Bell's laborious innings of 13 ended when he was controversially given out by the third umpire, stumped by Dhoni off Jadeja.

England were in deep trouble at 46 for four, bamboozled by the prodigious turn of Ashwin, Jadeja and Raina.

Morgan and Bopara brought up their 50 partnership off 47 balls and at 110 for four with three overs left the hosts were scenting victory.

But Morgan, on 33, spooned Sharma to mid-wicket and Bopara pulled his next ball straight to backward square leg.

Jos Buttler was bowled by Jadeja's first ball and Bresnan was run out in a mix-up with Broad.

England needed 15 for victory from the final over and six off the last ball.

Tredwell missed with a wild heave at Ashwin and the Indian players were left to celebrate a famous victory.

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Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images