Updated: Sun, 23 Jun 2013 11:56:30 GMT | By Agence France-Presse

Rain delays Champions Trophy cricket final

Rain delayed the scheduled 10:30am local time (0930GMT) start of the Champions Trophy final between England and India at Edgbaston on Sunday.


Rain delays Champions Trophy cricket final

Indian cricket fans wait for the start of the Champions Trophy final match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, on June 23, 2013.

As both teams lined up on the outfield for the national anthems, groundstaff brought a hover cover over the pitch and ensured the surrounding square was fully covered.

The covers over the square were then removed, suggesting just a brief delay, only to be brought back on again as light rain fell.

Crowd hopes of play were raised when most of the covers were removed only to be brought back on again.

As yet, no playing time had been lost from this 50 overs per side match, with an additional hour scheduled in the event of bad weather.

The toss, however, did take place as scheduled, with England captain Alastair Cook opting to bowl first after the coin fell in his favour.

That left world champions India with the awkward task of setting a target in a match where overs could be lost to bad weather.

England made one change from the team that beat South Africa by seven wickets in a semi-final at The Oval on Thursday with seam-bowling all-rounder Tim Bresnan, whose wife recently gave birth to their first child, returning in place of fast bowler Steven Finn.

Off-spinner James Tredwell kept his place, after coming in earlier in the tournament for injured first-choice spinner Graeme Swann.

India, coached by former England boss Duncan Fletcher, stuck with the same side that had played every match of their unbeaten run to the final, including an eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second semi-final at Cardiff on Thursday.

Hosts 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.

There was provision for a 'super over' if the game, set to be the last Champions Trophy final, ended in a tie.

But, as no reserve day had been scheduled, failure to bowl the minimum 20 overs per side required for a result to be declared Sunday would see the trophy shared, as happened in Colombo in 2002 when Sri Lanka and India were joint winners.

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