India win Cricket World Cup 2011 – after 28 years
A glorious new chapter has been scripted in cricketing history when India lifted the World Cup 2011 today. All the team members wanted to dedicate the cup to Sachin Tendulkar.
SriLanka opted to bat first after winning the toss. The highlight of the SriLanka innings was a brilliant 103 not out by Mahela Jayawardene. SriLanka put up a total of 274/6. The match was nerve-wrecking with many exciting moments.
A brilliant and gusty 97 from Gautam Gambhir, Kohli’s 35 and a captains innings from MS Dhoni (91 not out)were the highlight of the Indian innings after the openers Sehwag and Tendulkar were out to Malingas bowling. Victory was sealed by 6 wickets with 10 balls to spare. Dhoni who had promoted himself up the order hit 2 consecutive boundaries off the bowling of Lasith Malinga when 15 runs were needed from 17 deliveries.
The tense crowd at the Wankhede stadium erupted in wild celebrations as Dhoni hit the winning six runs of Kulasekaras bowling to give India their biggest cricketing moment.
This victory will long be remembered as it is after 28 long years that India has been able to achieve this feat! The team mates lifted Sachin as celebrations began. It was also a fitting farewell to coach Gary Kirsten.
(Picture courtesy: NDTV, Zeenews)