Reliving India’s 2011 World Cup victory. Its been a decade since India defeated Sri Lanka in the finals of the ICC World Cup 2011 finals in Mumbai. The finals were between the two hosts India and Sri Lanka.
It was toss time in Wankhede Stadium, a controversy developed after the match referee could not hear the call by the Sri Lankan captain. The re-toss happened, Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and elected to bat first.
Opening the batting for Sri Lanka were Dilshan and Upal Tharanga. The batsman started the innings slowly with Zaheer Khan bowling three maiden overs and taking the wicket of Tharanga in his first spell of 5 overs. Experienced Mahela Jayawardene and Captain Kumar Sangakkara notched a good partnership. Sangakkara fell on 48 to Yuvraj Singh. The Sri Lankan innings looked as they would collapse. Mahela Jayawardene took it upon himself to show his class and temperament in a big final. Jayawardene notched up his century. In the last 10 overs, the Lankans scored 91 runs losing only 1 wicket. Therefore with quick fire innings from Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera. The Sri Lankans ended 274/6 in their quota of 50 overs.
Opening the batting for India were Sachin Tendulkar and Virendra Sehwag. India had a shaky start, with Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar both dismissed early by Lasith Malinga, leaving them struggling at 31 for two. Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli handled the situation in the middle before Virat fell to Dilshan. In came Captain M.S Dhoni a surprise as Yuvraj Singh was a regular number 5 and had performed excellently in the tournament. The duo went on building a great partnership before Gambhir fell on 97 to Thisara. In walked Yuvraj Singh with 52 runs required off 52 balls. Dhoni finished the game in style with a helicopter shot with 10 balls left. India won the World Cup after 28 years. Therefore by crossing the target of 274, India had set a record for the highest successful run-chase in a World Cup final.