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ICC World Cup
Gymkhana Ground, Mumbai
Gautam Gambhir and Mahendra Singh Dhoni guided India to World Cup glory on home soil, chasing down a target of 275 under floodlights in Mumbai for a six-wicket win over Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka had appeared in excellent shape after Mahela Jayawardene's 103 not out from 88 balls underpinned a total of 274-6 at the Wankhede Stadium.
Lasith Malinga removed Virender Sehwag and local hero Sachin Tendulkar to reduce India to 31-2 in reply, before Gambhir took control of proceedings.
The left-hander shared stands worth 83 with Virat Kohli (35) and 109 alongside Dhoni to turn the tide in the hosts' favour.
He missed out on a century, bowled for 97 after advancing to Thisara Perera, but a perfectly paced run chase was completed in the penultimate over by a huge six from Dhoni, who finished on 91 not out.
India's triumph ended a 28-year wait to add a second World Cup victory to their inaugural success in 1983, while Sri Lanka, the winners in 1996, have now lost in the last two finals.
Sri Lanka, who surprisingly dropped Ajantha Mendis among four changes to their starting XI, were earlier indebted to a masterful 14th one-day international ton from Jayawardene to ensure a decent total.
The day had begun in somewhat strange circumstances; match referee Jeff Crowe allowing a re-toss after nobody - apart from, presumably, the man himself - was quite sure what Kumar Sangakkara called the first time around.
The Sri Lanka captain got it right at the second attempt and had no hestiation in batting first on a bare pitch that looked full of runs.
Zaheer Khan, however, opened proceedings with three consecutive maidens and, with the first delivery of his fourth over - the seventh of the innings - had Upul Tharanga caught by Virender Sehwag at slip.
Tharanga's contribution of two off 20 balls was not exactly the start his side had in mind, but Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sangakkara restored order during a second-wicket alliance of 43.
Dilshan's promising innings was terminated at 33 in unfortunate circumstances in the 17th over when an attempt to sweep Harbhajan Singh deflected onto his stumps via a combination of glove and leg.
That brought together Sangakkara and Jayawardene - Sri Lanka's middle-order engine room throughout the last decade - and once again they mixed sharp running with the occasional boundary in a 62-run stand.
It was something of a surprise when Sangakkara edged behind attempting to cut a short ball from Yuvraj Singh's left-arm spin.
The skipper's departure reduced Sri Lanka to 122-3 in the 28th over and was the start of a fightback in the field by India as Jayawardene, having brought up his half-century from 49 balls, lost Thilan Samaraweera and Chamara Kapugedera in consecutive overs.
Samaraweera was lbw to the golden arm of Yuvraj and Kapugedera, making only his second appearance of the tournament, chipped Zaheer's slower delivery straight to Suresh Raina in the covers.
Needing an ally, Jayawardene found one in Nuwan Kulasekara and the sixth-wicket pair upped the tempo, helped by their decision to save the batting power play for the final five overs.
Jayawardene went to three figures with consecutive boundaries off Zaheer in the 48th over, which concluded with the run out of Kulasekara as he tried to steal one to the wicketkeeper.
Perera ensured the innings finished with a flourish, belting a six and three fours in a nine-ball 22 as Zaheer's final two overs disappeared for 35 to ruin his figures (2-60).
India's pursuit had begun badly, as Malinga removed Sehwag for a duck with the second ball and followed up with the prize scalp of Tendulkar later in his opening spell.
Sehwag was lbw trying to work a straight delivery into the leg-side, a fact confirmed by a DRS review, and Tendulkar (18), having hit a couple of early boundaries to raise hopes of a fairytale 100th international hundred in his home city, edged a drive low to wicketkeeper Sangakkara.
Gambhir and Kohli stabilised the run chase with an 83-run partnership in 15.3 overs, Gambhir surviving on 30 when Kulasekara failed to hold a tumbling chance at long-off in the first over of spin from Suraj Randiv.
Kohli did fall to spin, albeit of the part-time variety, as Dilshan accepted a difficult return catch.
With 161 needed off 170 balls, India captain Dhoni promoted himself and set about the task with relish.
Both Gambhir and Dhoni advanced to half-centuries and had reduced the equation to 52 required from 53 when Gambhir suffered a rush of blood against Perera to deny himself a century.
Dhoni and Yuvraj always retained control and, with the batting power play used for the final five overs, were able to complete the job with 10 balls to spare.
Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan's final international appearance ended in disappointment as the leading wicket taker in Test and ODI history, patently unfit, finished with figures of 0-39 from eight overs.World Cup 2015 Tournament Winner: India 7/2
I forgot to add, India winners of the Asian Cup under Dhoni aswell.
Posted 13:51 4th April 2011
@Neale Vaughan - thanks mate, yes the Boxing day test match is the one mate, should be great, can't wait and you guys will see the Master again. Hey what if on the back his great performance that Yuvraj Singh beclomes a fine test match batsman, scary stuff. Should be a great series mate.
Posted 13:12 4th April 2011
Still watching the final replays guys, amazing, this party is going on all week, lol. The best team won NO DOUBT! Also under the most amazing preasure, Sachin Tendulkar had an amazing 2010 and this world cup he was still up there amongst the top run scorers, in 1996 he was the leading run scorer and again in 2003 and this time he was the secong highest, when we talk about the likes of Maradona, Pele, Senna, Shumacher, Roberto Duran and Ali, Tendulkar is right up there with the greatest sportsmen of all-time. Oh I would also like to mention a certain GANGULY. Remember folks, it was Ganguly who planted the seeds of this modern Indian team and Dhoni has helped it grow. to what it is now and for future generations. For the record Dhoni as captain - World T20 Champions, No 1 in TESTS AND ODI'S, IPL winners Chennai Super Kings, Champions League Winners, Chennai Super Kings and now World Cup winners India, not bad. I don't like to drop down to YOUR LEVEL CHRIS G, but before you concern yourself with anxieity issues in the Indian team, I suggest you look at the depression problems ion your team, it is a serious issue, niot to be laughed at.
Posted 13:06 4th April 2011
Well done India
Posted 12:43 4th April 2011
First of all, well done India, you are the World Champs. @ Chris G, well said. I couldnt agree with you more!! I think this whole world cup has just been rubbish!! and i hope that i never have to see another world cup in the Sub Continent as they just do not know how to make good pitches. Slow boring pitches that suit India as they are not good enough to play fast paced bolwers on fast bouncy tracks. to all the people saying that Tendulka is the best batsman of all time, have you not heard of a guy called Brian Lara??? He at least scored runs EVERYWHERE in the world not just to sub continent!!!
Posted 10:04 4th April 2011
I am so proud of my team. I am still on top of the world about this win. Sachin the boys did it for you. Team India you have made us all so very proud. World champions is a well deserved title.Proud to be INDIAN
Posted 08:08 4th April 2011
@ Chris G. Chris mate, you should get out more often.
Posted 07:06 4th April 2011
As a passionate Aussie, well done to India, a deserved win especially for Sachin Tendulkar who is one of the finest batsmen I have ever seen and was deserving of this win more than anyone, but beware the wounded Aussies, we will see you at the end of the year in Oz when we will seek our revenge.
Posted 06:23 4th April 2011
This is no time to say anything except Well Done! to India on a great achievement. There is no more dedicated cricketing nation on earth, and their win is most appropriate. It is always a pleasure to see the most talented players perform. Meanwhile it is time England tapped the vast well of talent which is our native cricketers of Asian origin. Only then will we be able to compete. How about an Indian for our next coach!?
Posted 23:21 3rd April 2011
No not sour grapes just the truth of the matter from a bystanders view over the last 10 years. Like it or not India always seems to dictate what happens in cricket and the ICC, doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out. This last World Cup was supposedly to be hosted by 3 sub-continent countries true or false? so how is it one of them was given preferred treatment when it came to the final? We all know the answer, fear of civil unrest, just as if Sri Lanka would of won everyone knows there would of been destruction in the streets of India by their own people. Same reason your captain was one step away from checking into the hospital because of anxiety knowing if they didn't deliver he'd been persecuted. By the amount of you who've felt the need to reply to my short comments tells us that you all know what I said is true, the ICC is a joke and the BCCI dictates the major decisions.
Posted 22:38 3rd April 2011
Chris G - You're a loser!! You cannot replace quality, unfortunately your England were pelted out by two batsmen alone...muppet!"
Posted 21:12 3rd April 2011
finally team india won the world cup.I really proud of my team and my nation.We proved that we are indians and we are the best in the world. we are now new world champions.I know that some people does'nt like but whatever they think and whatever they say it's does'nt matter because we have broken their dreams.ha ha ha.........................................we are awsome.
Posted 17:14 3rd April 2011
Punjabi,Muslim and Hindu this is what India is all about...one great Nation, one geat future all as Indians. A big well done India Every Indian every where in the world is very very PROUD
Posted 15:30 3rd April 2011
Rakesh sharma, is not an indian. It must be one of the those losers using an indian name who cant accept it.. And Chris G you try and figure out that answer while we bleed blue. You Must be an english fan wondering we invented this game yet we have never won a 50 over cricket world cup.. Must be hard on you mate!!!! hahaha Oh btw keep looking for the answer mate it may be 2015 by that time you get it and guess what your team will have another chance to try and Win in what would be a maiden world title.. I bet they wont print this
Posted 13:39 3rd April 2011
@ChrisG - The reason the final was played in India and not Sri Lanka is so that idiots like you have a chance to post comments like you have. What the heck has Sri Lanka's net run rate gpot to do with where the final is hosted, especiallly when the final venue was already decided before the tournament began? like it is in any major competition, you damn FOOL. Anyway as an indian fan who watched in heartbreak when we were sound;ly beaten by Austrailia in the 2003 final, I am so happy for Team India and of course the GREATEST BATSMEN OF ALLTIME Sachin TENDULKJAR, The boys made his dream come true. No 1 in tests and now no1 in ODIS, great feeling and well deserved! ...
Posted 13:29 3rd April 2011
@ChrisG - The reason the final was played in India and not Sri Lanka is so that idiots like you have a chance to post comments like you have. What the heck has Sri Lanka's net run rate gpot to do with where the final is hosted, especiallly when the final venue was already decided before the tournament began? like it is in any major competition, you damn FOOL. Anyway as an indian fan who watched in heartbreak when we were sound;ly beaten by Austrailia in the 2003 final, I am so happy for Team India and of course the GREATEST BATSMEN OF ALLTIME Sachin TENDULKJAR, The boys made his dream come true. No 1 in tests and now no1 in ODIS, great feeling and well deserved!
Posted 13:26 3rd April 2011
LOL saying the world cup was fixed is like saying pakistan manage the icc hahaha. world cup final had everything..but it was india who had the best batting line up of them all and they went in this as favourites because thave have been very consistent over the last 3 years..as they say anything dhoni touches turns to gold. wasnt even born someway near 1983 but this is the final i will never forget its bigger than beating pakistan in t20 final. ponting,waugh brothers and dean jones picked india whereas clive loyyd and alan border picked sri lanka..i guess waugh brothers are never wrong.
Posted 11:19 3rd April 2011
Congratulations to Sachin, Harbhajan, Yuvraj and Gautam for their great effort. They are the best in the world. Wish them good luck in future series. True heroes of India.
Posted 10:47 3rd April 2011
@ Chris G The final was always going to be played in mumbai regardless of what teams made it to the final, i dont see what your point is... But well done to india! Sri Lanka were good opponents but i feel the right team one.
Posted 10:45 3rd April 2011
i am very happy to see india winning the WC after long 28 yrs. i was born in 1984 and i ndia won first WC 1983. since then we were very thirsty to have WC. but yesterday was a day for india to get one of the most and priceless gift ever. our WC Kudos to MSD and his army.
Posted 10:29 3rd April 2011