... and finally, it was India’s turn © Getty Images
… and finally, it was India’s turn © Getty Images

 June 23, 2013. The Indian juggernaut was reminiscent of their glory days of 2000 and 2002, when they lost a solitary match across two editions before failing to qualifying for the knockout stage in three successive editions. They met hosts England, who had let the 2004 final slip from the edges of victory. With both sides in desperate pursuit of their maiden Champions Trophy title, Abhishek Mukherjee looks back. 

After the great success of the 2009 edition, there was no reason for ICC to change the format of the Champions Trophy. The crisp 15-match format involved the same eight teams, though the top prize was worth a whopping $2 million. To put things into perspective, the total prize money for the 2000 edition was $340,000.

Just like the 2009 edition, the tournament was scheduled to make sure it was not close to the World Cup. Of course, ICC also had to make sure that it did not coincide with the other big event in the calendar — the World T20. They also made sure they scheduled it better this time: to make sure it did better than the disastrous 2004 edition, they made sure the matches were played in the first half of the summer — a phase when cricket is typically fresher in the season.

However, with two major tournaments to deal with, ICC decided that 2013 would be the last edition of the tournament. They decided to replace it with the World Test Championship. That decision would change in January 2014, when ICC changed their decision, cancelled the Test Championship, and announced that Champions Trophy will again be played in 2017.

The matches were scheduled at Edgbaston, Cardiff, and The Oval. Unfortunately, it rained during several matches, though unlike 2002, the final was played to a finish.

Group A

Curiously, two Ashes series were scheduled for later that year. The Australia-England match allowed both sides to go one-up, at least psychologically.

Australia held the upper hand, having thrashed England in their previous two encounters in the tournament, but England began well: Ian Bell laid the foundation with 91, adding 57 with Alastair Cook and 111 with Jonathan Trott. Then Ravi Bopara walked out and threw the bat at everything, finishing with an unbeaten 46 in 37 balls. England reached 269 for 6.

It was not a steep target, but James Anderson and Stuart Broad maintained excellent line and length, not giving away easy runs. With Tim Bresnan and James Tredwell backing them up, Australia never got going, and kept losing wickets in pursuit of runs.

They reached 124 for 3 after 32 overs. Then Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, and Matthew Wade fell in quick succession. George Bailey, playing a lone hand, miscued an attempted big hit off Tredwell. James Faulkner remained unbeaten with a 42-ball 56, but it did little to help Australia’s cause. Their chase came to a halt at 221 for 9. Between them, Anderson and Broad had figures of 20-2-65-4, showing tremendous proficiency with both the new ball and the old.

The defeat did not go down well with David Warner. A few hours after the match he assaulted Joe Root. At about 2 AM the next morning, he approached the trio of Broad, Root, and Chris Woakes in Walkabout Bar in Birmingham. He would be fined £7,000 and was suspended from the side for the rest of the Champions Trophy as well as the tour matches against Somerset and Worcestershire before the first Ashes Test.

Elsewhere, Sri Lanka crashed to 138 against New Zealand despite Kumar Sangakkara’s 68. Brendon McCullum began with a terrific slip catch off the first ball of the match when Kusal Perera had almost middled off Kyle Mills. Even then they seemed headed for a big score at 27 for 1 in the sixth over before collapsing against Mitchell McClenaghan (4 for 43), Nathan McCullum (2 for 23), and Mills (2 for 14).

But the match was far from over. Luke Ronchi edged Shaminda Eranga in the fourth over. Lasith Malinga got Kane Williamson leg-before with a slow full-toss. Rangana Herath, introduced early, got Mahela Jayawardene with his arm-ball. Eranga got Martin Guptill to edge one. New Zealand were left reeling at 34 for 4.

Perhaps encouraged by the assistance Herath got, Angelo Mathews introduced Tillakaratne Dilshan. It took him 5 balls to trap James Franklin leg-before. Daniel Vettori fell to a Malinga yorker (that he edged). 80 for 6.

The onus fell on the McCullum brothers, and for once Brendon took backstage. With an asking rate under 2, the need of the hour was to hold the fort, and Brendon decided to be around. Nathan hit Herath for four over mid-on and quickly overtook his brother. He then took Eranga for 2 fours in 3 balls.

Eventually Malinga broke the partnership with a yorker to bowl Brendon, but the pair had added a valuable 35. Nathan went next, 7 runs later, with Malinga spearing in another yorker.

With 5 runs to win, Tim Southee pushed Eranga to mid-on and set off. Thisara Perera picked up the ball and tried to run Southee out; the ball missed the stumps — but hit the stumps at the other end, and Mills fell short.

Malinga’s attempted yorker next over was called a wide. Mathews recalled Dilshan. McClenaghan, the last man in the line-up, flicked the second ball for one and Southee did the same off the next ball. Then Dilshan bowled one outside leg, Sangakkara missed it, they ran the extra run, and that was that.

Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan congratulate each other after the hard-fought win over Sri Lanka © Getty Images
Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan congratulate each other after the hard-fought win over Sri Lanka © Getty Images

McClenaghan took 4 for 65 against Australia, helping restrict them to 243 for 8; he was backed by Vettori, who conceded a mere 23 from his 10 overs. Clint McKay took out Guptill and Ronchi early, but rain stopped play for good with New Zealand on 51 for 2 after 15 overs. The points had to be shared.

At The Oval England rode on a solid start provided by Cook (59), Trott (76), and Root (68). Bopara got a brisk 13-ball 33 not out down the order to take them to 293 for 7. The last over, bowled by Eranga, went for 28 — including 3 sixes by Bopara.

It was expected to be a steep chase, more so after Kusal Perera hit Anderson to mid-on early. But Dilshan and Sangakkara settled down to take control of the proceedings. They were 102 for 1 before Dilshan (42) threw away the start, trying to loft Graeme Swann but failing. Mahela (44) helped Sangakkara add another 85, and when he fell, Sri Lanka needed another 107 from 88 balls.

Mathews could have sent in one of Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne at this stage, or come out himself. He promoted Kulasekara instead. He started normally, reaching 12 from his first 16 balls, before taking Bresnan for 2 fours in the 41st over. In the 43rd he lofted Swann twice into the stands over mid-wicket — off consecutive balls; in the next over he took Broad for 6, 4, 4 off the first three balls to reach his fifty.

The target whooshed down to 27 from 39. Sangakkara (134* from 135), who was watching all this intently, hit a couple of fours to finish things off with 17 balls in hand. Kulasekara finished on 58 not out from 38 balls.

Persistent rain at Cardiff reduced the crucial fifth match to 24 overs a side. England even managed to get bowled out inside that. The only innings of substance came from Cook, whose 64 took 47 balls, clobbering Franklin over his head for a most un-Cook-like six en route. The New Zealand fielders dropped some sitters and took some blinders, and amidst all that Mills (4 for 30) and McClenaghan (3 for 36) bowled out England for 169.

It was not a steep target, but England began well. Anderson and Broad choked Ronchi before he hit out of desperation and was caught. Two balls later Guptill played on. Ross Taylor did not last. Root dove forward to catch a Baz pull inches off the ground. And Franklin was taken out by Bopara.

New Zealand, 5 down, needed 108 from 61 balls at this stage. Corey Anderson began with a six off Tredwell. With 55 needed from 24 Williamson heaved Bresnan over mid-wicket for six. The over went for 19.

Then Williamson hit Broad to Anderson at cover. Broad’s foot was almost not behind the line. It was so close that Cook later admitted that he would not have minded if Steve Davis had called it a no-ball. Davis did not, and Williamson had to leave.

Bresnan got Corey Anderson, and though Nathan McCullum and Mills threw their bat at everything, New Zealand lost by 10 runs.

England had already qualified for the semi-final. Sri Lanka needed a win to qualify. New Zealand needed Australia to win narrowly. On the other hand, Australia themselves needed to win by a big margin.

As things turned out, Sri Lanka did not begin well. They lost Kusal Perera and Sangakkara with 20 on the board. Dilshan played an uncharacteristically slow innings, but it was really Thirimanne (57) and Mahela (86* in 81) who changed things around. Chandimal biffed his way to a 32-ball 31, and Sri Lanka got a middling score of 253 for 8.

Australia needed to pull off the chase in 29.1 overs. Bailey promoted Glenn Maxwell to three, and he responded in spectacular fashion. He first took Kulasekara for four and six and hit consecutive fours off Eranga; but Malinga cleaned him up for a 20-ball 32 with a slow yorker. Australia had raced to 59 in 6.3 overs but had lost 3 wickets.

Neither Bailey nor Marsh lasted, but Voges and Wade kept Australian hopes alive, adding 47. Then, with 127 to get from 61 balls to qualify, Wade hit Kulasekara straight to long-off. Faulkner hit a few fours but once he and Johnson fell in quick succession, the chase ran out of steam.

Voges was ninth out for 49. With 62 to get, McKay and Xavier Doherty trudged along. They even reached a point when Australia needed 21 from 46 balls — when Dilshan caught McKay brilliantly off his own bowling to end Australia’s winless tournament.

Group B

Not much was expected of India after they had failed to make it to the knockout stages in three consecutive editions. However, this was a new-look side: while some of India’s big guns were not around anymore, they had managed to strike team that had more balance than it met the eye.

Years later, Virat Kohli would refer to “the revelation of Rohit [Sharma] and Shikhar [Dhawan] as an opening pair” among India’s biggest positive from the tournament. It all started with this match.

South Africa missed the injured Dale Steyn, but Morne Morkel tested the pair with a tight line and length. They decided to go after Lonwabo Tsotsobe instead. Rohit lofted him over cover for six; Shikhar Dhawan attempted the same later that over, but it fell just short of the ropes.

Neither Rory Kleinveldt nor Ryan McLaren was able to stem the flow of runs. By the time McLaren had Rohit, pulling off a short-pitched delivery, India had added 127 at a run a ball. That did not affect Dhawan, of course, who lofted Tsotsobe straight for six.

Kohli fell for 31 and Dhawan followed soon, for a 94-ball 114, top-edging a sweep. Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, and Suresh Raina all perished in pursuit of big hits — before Ravindra Jadeja arrived. It was his 29-ball unbeaten 47 that took India to 331 for 7. To make things worse, Morkel hobbled out with a pulled groin during his seventh over and was ruled out of the tournament.

AB de Villiers promoted Robin Peterson to three after Colin Ingram fell early. It was probably an error in hindsight: given the presence of Duminy, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, McLaren, and de Villiers himself, South Africa could have done without a pinch-hitter. Perhaps the cameo against the same opposition in the 2011 World Cup had played on his mind.

Hashim Amla hit Umesh Yadav for 3 fours in 4 balls before edging one to Dhoni. Peterson (68) and de Villiers (71) played cautiously, running their singles hard and not letting the asking rate get out of control.

With 177 to get from 154 balls South Africa had the chase under control. Then Jadeja ran Peterson out with a direct throw from mid-wicket, trapped Duminy leg-before, and caught a de Villiers top-edge at square-leg.

Then Faf flicked one, went for a second run, and slipped. Miller did not notice, kept running, and the batsmen ended up next to each other. Miller was run out for a diamond duck.

There was only one way to go from there: Faf and McLaren threw everything they had at every ball before Ishant Sharma claimed Faf and Kleinveldt in quick succession. McLaren kept hitting uninhibitedly, and was left stranded on a 61-ball 71 when South Africa were bowled out for 305.

As it often happens with Pakistan, you can never predict anything. For example, at The Oval, they became 15 for 3. Then Misbah-ul-Haq arrived. Before he got a run (he had played 10 balls by then) a ball flew to Denesh Ramdin, who claimed a catch; Tony Hill confirmed that Ramdin had taken it off the ground. Ramdin was fined his entire match fee and was banned for 2 ODIs.

Nasir Jamshed (50) hung around, helping Misbah (96*) add 90. None of the other nine men went past 6, and Pakistan were bowled out for 170.

They also made a curious record, as Wisden pointed out: it was the “first instance in over 3,300 One-Day Internationals of an innings (extras included) comprising 12 even scores.” The sequence read 2 50 4 0 96* 0 2 6 2 0 2 6. Beat that.

It was not an unplayable pitch. The bounce was consistent. Kemar Roach (3 for 28) bowled straight and fast, and Sunil Narine (3 for 34) brought all his guile to the party.

It was a low score, but Pakistan, with a strange attack that consisted of three left-arm fast bowlers and two off-spinners, persisted nevertheless. The gigantic Mohammad Irfan bounced out Johnson Charles and Darren Bravo early in the innings. Chris Gayle went after the bowling before Saeed Ajmal got him with a doosra. Soon afterwards, Ramnaresh Sarwan was bounced out by Wahab Riaz, and Ajmal produced his famous arm-ball to deceive Marlon Samuels.

At 94 for 5 it seemed Pakistan would make a match out of it. There were plenty of overs left, which meant Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo — leading the side — could take their time. They added a cautious 43 amidst edges, missed run outs, and appeals before Wahab got Pollard, once again with a short-pitched ball. Six runs later Bravo missed a sweep and was given out LBW.

Ramdin hung on grimly. Narine found two fours through cover. Then, with 6 runs left, Irfan had Narine caught-behind — with one that bounced.

No. 10 Roach managed to keep out a yorker that came darting down from Irfan’s height. They ran singles frantically, and the end came when Roach drove Junaid Khan past cover-point for four.

The Pakistanis did an excellent job at Edgbaston as well, restricting South Africa to 234 for 9. The fate of the match was decided when Umar Amin dropped Amla on 7. Amla then held the top order together with a typically serene 81. The spinners bowled well (Shoaib Malik was the third off-spinner of the day), but the heroics of the afternoon came from Misbah: when de Villiers went for a run and slipped, Misbah kept his calm and sprinted to the stumps to run him out; soon afterwards he ran out Duminy; and then he took an excellent catch to his left to send back Miller. Misbah was 39 when the match was played.

The Pakistan innings was an encore of the previous match. Jamshed scored 42 and Misbah 55, but that was it. Pakistan let the asking rate mount, and when they finally went for the kill, they collapsed in a heap, losing their last 6 wickets for 38. They were bowled out for 167. McLaren rose to the challenge in the absence of Steyn and Morkel, finishing with 4 for 19.

At The Oval, West Indies had yet another of their famous collapses. Gayle hit 4 fours before falling in the fifth over; Charles smashed a 55-ball 60; and yet, from 102 for 1 they became 182 for 9 against Jadeja.

But the drama was far from over. With 27 balls left, Darren Sammy knew there was only two ways to go about it: hit everything and risk getting all out early or rotate strike and wait till the last over before the onslaught. He chose the former: he added another 51 including 35 off the last 2 overs, with the faithful Roach facing 8 balls without scoring a run.

West Indies finished on 233 for 9. Sammy remained unbeaten on 56 from 35 balls. Jadeja finished with 5 for 36 (the figures read 5 for 15 before Sammy ruined them).

The chase was hassle-free: Rohit (52 in 56) and Dhawan (102* in 107) added 101 in 93 balls. Kohli played a quick cameo. And Karthik (51* in 54) made sure no further wicket was lost. The match got over with almost 11 overs to spare.

Once again it rained, this time at Cardiff, and once again the groundsmen made sure there was a match, this time a 31-over contest. Ingram led the charge with a 63-ball 73, while Amla, de Villiers, du Plessis, and Miller all got quick runs. South Africa finished on a comfortable 230 for 6.

South Africa needed a single point from the match to go through. West Indies, requiring a win, did not do their own cause any good with a slow over rate. They ran the risk of not having a full match, for there was rain in the air.

A now-fit Steyn nearly got both Gayle and Charles inside his first 2 overs. He eventually got Charles, who top-edged an ugly heave to get out. Gayle was eventually taken out by Chris Morris for a 27-ball 36; Devon Smith, got a 29-ball 30; Darren Bravo hit 2 fours before Amla slid, picked up the ball and threw — to find Samuels and Bravo next to each other. Bravo sacrificed his wicket.

Samuels decided to make up for it, with 6, 4, 4 off McLaren and following that in the next over with 6, 4, 4 off Peterson. West Indies needed 69 from 47 balls. Then Steyn cleaned up Samuels. It started to drizzle again.

Pollard and Dwayne Bravo brought the target down to 41 from 30 balls. Then, as the rain subsided, Pollard went for an unnecessary heave, and Steyn caught a wet, slippery ball at deep third-man. As Sammy came in, so did rain. Play never resumed. West Indies finished on 190 for 6 from 26.1 overs.

The calculators had been out, meanwhile. The par score was 190 as well, which meant that it was the first tie in the history of Champions Trophy. Unfortunately, this also meant that West Indies were knocked out of the tournament. Interestingly, had Pollard survived that one ball, the par score would have been 187: West Indies would have made it in that case.

Dwayne Bravo (left) and Darren Sammy look on helplessly as rain resumes; the match would finish in a tie © Getty Images
Dwayne Bravo (left) and Darren Sammy look on helplessly as rain resumes; the match would finish in a tie © Getty Images

When India and Pakistan went into the last match, the positions had already been determined: India would finish the group on top and Pakistan at the bottom. Still, it was an India-Pakistan contest…

But only Asad Shafiq fought with 39. Five others scored between 17 and 27. There were multiple rain interventions that curbed the innings by 10 overs, but in the end Pakistan did not last those 40 overs. They followed their 170 and 167 with 165. As was almost a norm by now, the last 6 wickets fell for 34.

Dhawan and Rohit set off calmly, batting on amidst two more rain interruptions. The target was reset to 102 from 22 overs. Rohit perished but Dhawan went on to score a 41-ball 48, and Kohli and Karthik saw India to a win with 17 balls to spare.

The semi-finals

The conditions were overcast. There was rain in the air. Cook opted to field. Anderson got Ingram in the first over. Steven Finn got Amla in the second. And South Africa never recovered.

De Villiers held himself back. He promoted Peterson at three and du Plessis at four. It seemed to have worked when they added 41, but Tredwell rose to the occasion. He stuck to a line and length, did not hesitate to toss the ball up, and was rewarded with figures of 3 for 19. South Africa slumped to 80 for 8.

Then began an amazing partnership as Miller (56* in 51) and Kleinveldt (43) went after everything. The shot of the day — a massive, straight six off Finn (remember the bounce he extracts) — came from Miller.  They added 95 in 96 balls before Broad took two in two to mop things up.

South Africa were bowled out for 175 in the 39th over. Jos Buttler deserves special mention for equalling a world record: he took 6 catches behind the stumps.

England lost Cook and Bell early in response, but once Trott (81*) and Root (48) — men equipped with the technique required to handle the conditions — added 105 for the third wicket the match could have gone only one way. England cruised to a victory in the 38th over.

The second semi-final turned out to be equally one-sided. Raina took 3 catches at second slip in no time, while Dilshan tore a calf muscle and retired hurt. There was a phase when 2 runs were scored in 4 overs, and after 18 overs Sri Lanka were 41 for 3, unable to cope with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant, and Umesh.

Mahela (38) and Mathews (51) added 78 but took up too much time as Jadeja rushed through the middle overs. With the ball moving around and no fourth seamer available, Dhoni came on; Mahela was trapped leg-before off the second ball but was saved by a review.

With time running out the Lankans went for the big shots, only to lose 3 wickets to Ravichandran Ashwin. Ishant took 3 for 33 as well as Sri Lanka finished on 181 for 8.

The innings was not without incident. There was an invasion the last over of the innings by two protestors waving red Tamil flags, one of whom managed to reach the pitch. They were protesting against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s “atrocities against civilians and combatants during the 2009 war”.

The usual proceedings followed: Dhawan (68) added 77 with Rohit (33) and 65 with Kohli (58*). This time India won in 35 overs. There was another invasion — this time by at least six of them — curiously, almost immediately after Rohit got out.

The protestors temporarily stopped the Sri Lankan team bus after the match but let the Indian bus go.

Tamil protestors invading the pitch during the Indian innings © Getty Images
Tamil protestors invading the pitch during the Indian innings © Getty Images

The final

Keeping in tune with the tournament, the final was a rain-hit affair as well. Cook won the toss — which happened on time — and elected to field, but the groundsmen had to rush in with the covers just as the teams sang the national anthems. The match was reduced to the bare minimum: 20 overs a side.

India continued amidst the gloom. Broad got Rohit, but Dhawan continued, getting a five (courtesy a wild throw from Bresnan) and a slashed six off Broad over third-man. The second one came after a drizzle break.

During the break the administrators decided to add a ‘grace hour’ to the match. The match should ideally have been called off (they could not curtail it to below 20 overs a side). However, with no reserve day, they did not want to risk an encore of 2002.

The cricketers went off and came on, but Dhawan continued, smashing Tredwell for consecutive fours. And then, just when it seemed he would play one of ‘those’ innings, he hit a ridiculously slow, wide delivery from Bopara to extra-cover. The 24-ball 31 was his only ‘failure’ of the tournament.

The next 3 wickets fell quickly. Things looked serious at 66 for 5 after 13 overs after Bopara, to everyone’s surprise, bowled a double-wicket maiden. But Kohli found an ally in Jadeja. Realising that he was leaving it for too late, Kohli cover-drove and swept Bopara for fours and pulled Broad for six.

Kohli eventually fell for a 34-ball 43, but then Jadeja took over: he had already lofted Anderson over long-off, and he finished things off by hitting Bresnan for six over long-on. He finished on 33 not out from 25 balls.

India reached 129 for 7. The last 7 overs had fetched them 64.

Had the target been bigger, Cook would probably have held himself and Trott back. He chose not to, and was the first to depart when he actually played Umesh to first slip: he had almost middled it. It was undoubtedly not the best possible stroke.

Trott opened up with two fours off Bhuvneshwar but Dhoni got him off for 20: Trott tried to flick Ashwin, lost his balance for a split second, but that enough for Dhoni to whip the bails off. Root top-edged one off Ashwin and followed soon, and England were left to score 90 from 74 balls.

On came Jadeja, and Bell reverse-swept him for four; then Dhoni removed the bails again. It was perhaps the closest call of the tournament, but Bruce Oxenford ruled it in favour of India after what seemed like an eternity.

Cook later expressed his resentment at the benefit of doubt not going to Bell. “How he [Oxenford] divined this [the stumping decision] from the evidence available was not immediately clear,” reported Wisden.

Ashwin responded with a maiden at the other end, but Morgan got stuck into Ishant, taking him for 9. England needed 75 from 54.

With both Ashwin and Jadeja getting assistance and Ishant not doing anything of note, Dhoni tried to get a few overs out of Raina. It worked for a while — before Dhoni went back to Ishant; again. It was evident that he wanted a wicket.

To be fair, Ishant started well. The first ball was a dot, and the next 4 yielded 3 singles and a two. Bopara swung at the next, and it soared over deep mid-wicket. 48 from 30.

Raina went for 8 at the other end. Dhoni had the third-man in, but Morgan’s reverse-sweep cleared him comfortably for four. 40 from 24.

And Bopara got 3 twos — and more importantly, a well-timed sweep for six — off Jadeja. That over went for 12. 28 from 18.

Once again — to the horror of fans and most critics — Dhoni got Ishant on. He had Bhuvneshwar and Umesh as options…

Ishant beat Morgan with a slower delivery, but Morgan went after him, lofting him for six off the next ball. The next ball was a wide outside off… the one after that even wider… 20 from 16…

Recollecting his memories of the match, Kohli would later confess that India had almost given up at this stage.

But Ishant persisted with the wide-outside-off line. It was a slower one this time: Morgan dragged it from outside off — straight to Ashwin at mid-wicket. And Bopara — they had crossed somehow despite the ball not going too far — hooked the next ball straight to Ashwin at square-leg.

It had taken Ishant 2 balls to regain everything he had given away. He conceded another run off the last 2 balls. 19 from 12.

Bresnan ran a single, but Jadeja speared one in, Buttler went for the big shot, was never close to the pitch of the ball, and was bowled. 18 from 10.

Broad came in and ran a single. Then Bresnan attempted a sweep; the ball hit him on the pad; the appeal was turned down, but Bresnan had set off for an impossible single. Rohit threw the ball to Dhoni, and that was that.

Two singles later England needed 15 from the last over; Dhoni chose Ashwin ahead of his seamers.

Broad went for a heave off the first ball and missed, but reached out for the next ball, took it on the full, and swept firmly for four. He did not middle the next one, and they ran a single as it rolled towards cover. 10 from 3.

Tredwell had a crack at the next ball, but an excellent save prevented at least one run. There was also an appeal at the non-striker’s end for a run out, but Broad was in. 8 from 2.

Tredwell flat-batted the next ball over Ashwin’s head. Once again Broad had set off immediately; and once again they got the second run. 6 from 1.

Ashwin made sure the ball was on the stumps. It was perfectly pitched. It even turned. Tredwell gave it all he had. Unfortunately, he did not connect.

Dhoni did not gather it properly, but it did not matter: if you become the first captain in history to win all three ICC trophies, you are allowed one blip.

And anyway, he jumped and yelled and celebrated: how many times have you seen Dhoni do that?

Brief scores:

India 129 for 7 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 43; Ravi Bopara 3 for 20) beat England 124 for 8 in 20 overs (Eoin Morgan 33, Ravi Bopara 30; Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 24, Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 15) by 3 runs.

Man of the Match: Ravindra Jadeja.

Man of the Series: Shikhar Dhawan.