India beats England in ICC final

England allowed an overdue piece of history to slip from their grasp today as India instead won the ICC Champions Trophy final by five runs.

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India beats England to take ICC Champions Trophy

England allowed an overdue piece of history to slip from their grasp today as India instead won the ICC Champions Trophy final by five runs.

The hosts, still without a one-day international global tournament win after 38 years of trying and 17 attempts, reached 110 for four by the 18th over in pursuit of 129 for seven in a match reduced by rain from the scheduled 50 to just 20 overs per side.

India's team celebrate beating England in the ICC Champions Trophy final by five runs. Credit: REUTERS/Darren Staples

But just as it seemed Ishant Sharma was about to panic in an over, it was England who lost both set batsmen to kickstart a collapse of four wickets for three runs in eight balls.

India batsman Virat Kohli, who top-scored with 43, said, "This victory is sweet, especially beating England on their home ground. We had some bad memories in India but this victory is really nice and the guys have been playing beautiful cricket and really deserve this win".

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International cricket final a wash out in Warwickshire

The covers have been on at Edgbaston since first thing this morning Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire.

The ICC Champions Trophy Final at Edgbaston, Birmingham is yet to get under way after wet weather postponed play.

The two teams of England and India did take to the pitch to sing the national anthems first thing this morning, but they have been sheltering from the rain since then.

Fans have taken shelter in doors away from the wet weather Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire.

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Cricket fans don't let the rain spoil their party

India fans appeal to the weather as play is delayed Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Cricket fans have not let the bad weather spoil their party at the one day international between England and India at Edgbaston. Rain has delayed the start of play in Warwickshire.

Many fans have come in fancy dress and are still enjoying the party atmosphere Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
Others have sought shelter while waiting for the teams to take the field Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

England prepare to take on India in Champions Trophy

England are preparing to take on India in a one day international at Edgbaston.

India go into today's final unbeaten in this tournament while England are hoping to make it fifth time lucky in a world final.

England captain Alistair Cook. Credit: Jed Leicester/PA Archive

Captain Alistair Cook said: "It is very important for us - one of our major goals this summer was to try and win the Champions Trophy".

"Not only will it break that duck of 38 years but also prepare well for the World Cup, if you're looking long-term".

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