A vocal Edgbaston crowd made up overwhelmingly of Indian fans were made to wait by the Birmingham weather but finally got the result they craved as their side prevailed by five runs in a thrilling ICC Champions Trophy final. It was after 8.30 local time when James Tredwell, with six needed, swung wildly at Ravichandran Ashwin to spark Indian celebrations. England had thrown away their chance, collapsing in their pursuit of India.s 129 for seven.
India's apparently seamless path towards winning the ICC Champions Trophy continued as they made the most of the conditions to thrash Sri Lanka in the second semi-final in Cardiff. They won an important toss, restricted their familiar foes to 181 for eight as the ball swung dramatically, and then knocked off the runs in just 35 overs to book their place in Sunday's final.
India take on Sri Lanka in Cardiff with England awaiting the winners in Sunday's ICC Champions Trophy 2013 semi-final at Edgbaston.
The two sides are no strangers to each other, having contested the 2011 World Cup final, which India won on home soil, while India hold the upper hand having won their previous four meetings in England and Wales.
England booked their place in the ICC Champions Trophy final by demolishing an outclassed South Africa at The Oval. James Anderson did the early damage, with James Tredwell and then Stuart Broad taking over as South Africa were bowled out for 175. Jonathan Trott then led England's successful run chase and finished unbeaten on 82 as they won with 75 balls to spare.
Sri Lanka produced an efficient performance to beat Australia by 20 runs and book themselves an ICC Champions Trophy 2013 semi-final against India.
Set 254 to win, Australia needed to get the runs within 29.1 overs to stay in the tournament and they gave game chase but lost too many wickets along the way and were eventually dismissed for 233.
South Africa qualified for the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 following a dramatic tie against West Indies in Cardiff and they are now 'minding their own business' as they prepare for their semi-final. Fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who has taken four wickets in the tournament so far, says that the squad are doing their best to approach the match at The Oval as any other game.
Alastair Cook hit 64 in 47 balls and James Anderson took three wickets as England beat New Zealand by 10 runs to book their place in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals.
England were bowled out for 169 in a delayed, rain-reduced match and then had to survive a late rally by New Zealand, who closed on 159 for eight.
New Zealand have replaced Grant Elliott with Corey Anderson in their ICC Champions Trophy 2013 squad after Elliott suffered a calf injury.
Anderson, who has played three Twenty20 Internationals, will make his One-Day International debut against England after the International Cricket Council (ICC) approved the change.
India went into this match against Pakistan knowing that they would top Group B whatever happened, but they were made to work hard by the English weather in Birmingham to maintain their 100 per cent winning record.
Despite a disciplined bowling and fielding display they looked like being thwarted by the day's fourth rain interruption, which arrived with them on 63 for one in the 12th over of their run chase. However, the rain relented just in time and they cantered home.
Following the tie with South Africa that knocked them out of the ICC Champions Trophy, West Indies' miserable day got worse when they were fined for maintaining a slow over-rate.
They were deemed to be one over short of their target at the end of South Africa's innngs of 230 for six in 31 overs during a rain-affected match.
West Indies were left to rue the extraordinarily bad timing of Kieron Pollard losing his wicket as they ended up sharing a Duckworth/Lewis method tie which knocked them out of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Chasing 231 to win in 31 overs, and with his side just ahead on the Duckworth/Lewis method, Pollard was caught by Dale Steyn off Ryan McLaren, leaving the scores effectively level when the players left the field moments later.
Kumar Sangakkara hit an unbeaten century, while Nuwan Kulasekara provided some late sparkle, as Sri Lanka kept their hopes alive in the ICC Champions Trophy with a seven-wicket victory over the hosts under The Oval floodlights.
Ravi Bopara had earlier hauled England up to 293 for seven at the end of an innings which had followed a similar path to the one against Australia.
South Africa captain AB de Villiers says he hopes his team can produce another performance like the one they produced against Pakistan and reach the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Needing to win to give themselves a realistic chance of staying in the competition, they defended 234 for nine by bowling out Pakistan for 167 to claim a 67-run victory.
The ICC Champions Trophy 2013 Group A match between Australia and New Zealand at Edgbaston was abandoned due to rain with New Zealand on 51 for two chasing a target of 244.
Mitchell McClenaghan took four wickets for the second match in a row to restrict Australia to 243 for eight but the match was in the balance when New Zealand lost two early wickets.
South Africa's hopes of reaching the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 semi-finals got a confidence boost with news that Dale Steyn took a positive step towards recovery.
Steyn bowled at full match intensity during South Africa's training session in Cardiff today (12th June). He's been recovering from a side strain which has kept him out of the campaign so far.