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On this day in 2013: MS Dhoni led India to Champions Trophy glory, their last ICC title

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English weather affecting International Cricket Council event's final is not a new phenomenon. Rain has played spoilsport in the final of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand which heads towards an exciting finish on the Reserve Day, June 23, 2021.

However, 8 years ago, there was no reserve day when India met hosts England in the final of the Champions Trophy 50-over tournament in Edgbaston, Birmingham. It was the tale of another rain-marred final in the UK.

India, under MS Dhoni, had a perfect record, heading into the final. They opened their campaign with a thumping win over South Africa and then hammered West Indies before beating Pakistan in Birmingham. India comfortably outclassed Sri Lanka in the semi-final in Cardiff to set up the final against England.

However, fans had to wait for the final in Birmingham to kickstart as rain played spoilsport yet again after having impacted several games in the tournament. It was then decided that a 20-over game would be played to decide the winner.

England had won the toss and opted to bowl and all eyes were on Shikhar Dhaawan and Rohit Sharma as India's new-found opening pair made merry. In fact, Dhawan topped the scoring charts in Champions Trophy 2013 with 363 runs while Rohit Sharma made 177 runs.

However, in the final, Rohit departed early after Stuart Broad hit the timber.

India were steadied by Dhawan and Virat Kohli, who had come into bat at No. 3. The duo added 31 runs before Dhawan was caught in the outfield in Ravi Bopara's over.

Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja help India to 129

Then came the slide for India. With Dinesh Karthik (6), Suresh Raina (1) and MS Dhoni (0) failing to trouble the scorers much, India went from 50 for 2 to 66 for 5.

However, Kohli held fort and kept the scoreboard moving. He hit a crucial 43 off 34 balls while Ravindra Jadeja cameo (25 off 33) helped India push their total o 129 for 7.

In reply, England were off to a poor start as they lost Alastair Cook to Umesh Yadav in the 2nd over. The likes of Ian Bell (13), Jonathan Trot (20), Joe Root (7) fell to India spinners Jadeja and R Ashwin.

England were reeling at 46 for 4 but Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara helped them get back on track. In fact, the duo added 64 runs for the 5th wicket, helping England get close to the finish line.

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When Ishant Sharma delivered for MS Dhoni

England needed just 20 runs in the last 16 balls and MS Dhoni had turned to Ishant Sharma. Despite the star pacer being on the expensive side, Dhoni went to Ishant and he delivered for the captain. Ishant picked the wickets of Morgan and Bopara in successive balls to tilt the match in favour of India.

England suffered a mini slide from thereon, losing Jos Buttler for 0 and Tim Bresnan for 0. Dhoni gave the last over to R Ashwin who defended 14 runs successfully.

Notably, the Champions Trophy in 2013 has been India's last ICC trophy victory. They had reached the semi-final of the 2015 World Cup, the semi-final of the 2016 T20 World Cup, the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy and the semi-final of 2019 World Cup but the trophy has been eluding them.

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