Limited play in rain hit Champions Trophy final between England and India

In traditional British fashion the weather has played a big part. Play in the rain-marred Champions Trophy final between hosts […]

In traditional British fashion the weather has played a big part.

Play in the rain-marred Champions Trophy final between hosts England and world champions India at Edgbaston got under-way nearly six hours late.

Rain reduced the show-piece match from a 50 overs per side contest to the bare minimum of 20 overs per side required to produced a result, with the fixture, due to get under-way at 10.30 BST finally starting at 16.20 BST.

No reserve day for the final has been scheduled.

Anything less than 20 overs per side and the match will be a no result, with the teams sharing the trophy, in what is set to be the last edition of the tournament, as happened in 2002 when Sri Lanka and India were joint winners in Colombo.

Although rain delayed Sunday’s start, the toss took place as scheduled with England captain Alastair Cook electing to field.

England were bidding for their first major one-day international (ODI) title having previously lost three World Cup finals (1979, 1987 and 1992) and gone down at home to the West Indies in the 2004 Champions Trophy final at The Oval.

They brought back seam-bowling all-rounder Tim Bresnan, whose wife recently gave birth to the couple’s first child, in place of fast bowler Steven Finn.

India, as they had been all tournament, were unchanged.

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