London:West Indies have won the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy defeating England by 2 wickets in the final today. Chasing a target of 218 for victory, West Indies reached the target in 48.5 overs. West Indies came back from the dead to scamper home to their first title triumph in more than two decades with a nerve-wracking win over England. The Carribeans pulled off the incredible win riding on the efforts of two tailenders aÂ" Ian Bradshaw and Courtney Browne aÂ" who put a record unbeaten ninth wicket partnership of 71 runs to stun the hosts. Bradshaw was awarded the Man of the Match award while Ramnaresh Sarwan has been named the Player of the Tournament for his consistent performance in the ICC Champions Trophy. The right handed batsman claimed man of the match awards in two of his three games, playing a critical role in each to help steer his team into the finals. England appeared to be running away with the game, having pinned down West Indies to 147 for 8 by the 34th over but the tailenders had some other plans. It was Bradshaw who scored the winning runs, a boundary off Alex Wharf, to overhaul England's total of 217 all out, built around Marcus Trescothick's 104, with just seven balls remaining. West Indies rattled West Indies started off chasing a target which seemed quite attainable, but the England bowlers stepped up the attack, picking up wickets at regular intervals. Harmison got the initial breakthrough as Wavell Hinds flicked the ball and was caught by Vikram Solanki. Then Flintoff struck and this time, Ramnaresh Sarwan was dismissed for 5, caught by Strauss. Chris Gayle looked invincible for some time, hitting the ball on several occasions to the fence, but Harmison stepped up the attack and Gayle lodged the ball into his hands. Then Flintoff stepped in again and took the prize wicket of West Indian skipper Brian Lara. Lara (14) edged the ball which was neatly gloved by Jones behind the stumps. Flintoff then picked up his third wicket as Bravo also edged the ball to Jones. Trescothick then struck and Ryan Hinds flicked the ball to the wicket-keeper, leaving West Indies with just four wickets as they chase the victory target. Chanderpaul (47) tried to steer the innings but he was caught by Vaughan off a Collingwood delivery. Ricardo Powell (14) was also dismissed by Collingwood, caught by Trescothick. But then the heroics of Browne and Bradshaw put the visitors in the winning league, which comes as a much-needed boost to West Indies cricket. Put to bat, England were earlier bowled out for 217 with two balls to spare. Marcus Trescothick (104) tried to power his team towards a competitive total, but he was unfortunately run out by Brian Lara in the 48th over. Trescothick's ton came off 124 balls with 14 hits to the fence. Shaky start The hosts had a shaky start, losing the wicket of opener Vikram Solanki for just 4 runs in the fourth over. He was caught behind by Courtney Browne off the bowling of Ian Bradshaw. Then Bradshaw struck again and skipper Michael Vaughan was bowled. Marcus Trescothick and Strauss then took over the innings but a brilliant fielding effort by Bravo got Strauss walking back to the pavilion. Wavell strikes Then England suffered their biggest shock as Flintoff was bundled out, the result of a brilliant catch by Brian Lara off a Wavel Hinds delivery. Then, Hinds struck again and this time, Collingwood was caught by Chanderpaul. The new man at the crease, Jones (6), struggled at the crease, and Hinds claimed his third wicket, again caught by Lara. Wickets tumble Dwayne Bravo picked up his only wicket of the game, but he picked an important one. Ashley Giles (31), who had given Trescothick company at the crease, was caught by Lara off a Bravo delivery. Then Darren Guogh was stumped by Brown as he stepped out of the crease to face a Chris Gayle delivery. In the end, it was Harmison, this time run out by Ramnaresh Sarwan and the hosts were bowled out.
(With PTI inputs)
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