On this day, exactly ten years ago, India beat Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup final by six wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. It was Gautam Gambhir who anchored the innings and laid the foundation for the chase while it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni who gave the finishing touch to clinch the prestigious trophy.
India won the toss and chose to bowl in the big final. Sri Lanka had a slow start to their innings as the Indian bowlers managed to restrict the visitors from scoring runs freely in the powerplay. After the top three batsmen departed, it was the former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardena who stood up on the big occasion and kept the scoreboard ticking in the middle overs. Jayawardena was the lone warrior for his team in the final and went on to score a century which helped Sri Lanka to post a competitive total on the board in their allotted 50 overs.
The chase didn’t start well for India as Virender Sehwag was dismissed on the second ball of the innings by Lasith Malinga. The in-form Sachin Tendulkar also departed in the seventh over without contributing much with the bat in the big final. Gautam Gambhir maintained the run rate and built a crucial partnership with Virat Kohli after two early wickets. Gambhir brought India in a comfortable position before he was dismissed when he was just three runs short of his ODI ton. The match-winning partnership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Gambhir brought India close to the target. After Gambhir’s wicket, India’s trump card in the World Cup 2011, Yuvraj Singh gathered some important runs at the back end of the innings with Dhoni. The Indian skipper finished off things in style with a maximum in the crowd and helmed India to a World Cup victory after 28 years. Twitter celebrates 10 years of India’s World Cup victory as Yuvraj, Gambhir and Tendulkar start trending on social media: