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India win World Cup Published: 02 April 2011

India won the battle of the co-hosts, beating Sri Lanka by six wickets to clinch the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Appropriately it was captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who struck the winning runs, smiting Nuwan Kulasekara for a mighty six to send the crowd in Mumbai into raptures.

Earlier Sri Lanka had set a very competitive 274, largely thanks to Mahela Jayawardene's impressive 103 from 88 balls - but Dhoni's men were not to be denied.

India visit Lord's in 2011 to face England in a Test match and One Day International.

Perhaps not surprisingly the ODI is already sold out, but a handful of tickets to the Test are still available:

The match had started in highly unusual fashion.

With both captains ready for the toss Kumar Sangakarra's call went unheard by the umpire and the toss had to be redone.

Second time around Sangakarra called it right and Sri Lanka chose to bat on a wicket that did not appear to offer much to encourage the bowlers

Sri Lanka's innings was largely below par until Jayawardene strode out to bat. Despite his rapid run-scoring it was an innings of nous and craft, scoring freely from the loser deliveries.

With 274 on the board it looked like Sangakarra's men might upset India in front of a partisan crowd.

Nerves jangled for India when Virender Sehwag was out to just the second ball of their reply, with no score on the board.

When hometown hero Sachin Tendulkar, chasing a 100th international century, fell for just 18 India were 31-2 and that partisan crowd were eerily quiet.

Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kholi calmed the fans' racing heartbeats with a solid partnership of 83.

When Kholi's wicket fell Dhoni took a gamble, promoting himself up the order in place of the big-hitting Yuvraj Singh.

It paid off as the man known as 'Mr. Cool' in India displayed every facet of his icy temperament scoring 91 from just 79 balls - first alongside Gambhir and then with the demoted Yuvraj.

Sri Lanka's talisman, spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, looked unusually out of sorts - perhaps finally giving in to the numerous injuries he has played on through during the tournament.

With Dhoni at the crease and wickets in hand India never really looked in danger.

Dhoni crashed the winning runs with a superb shot - sealing the World Cup title and the man-of-the-match award.

Yuvraj was awarded the player of the tournament prize - his wicket-taking and powerful run-scoring played a large part in India's run to the final.


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