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On this day: MS Dhoni-led Team India lifted 2011 World Cup | Relive the history

Mumbai: MS Dhoni and his ‘men in blue’ became a part of history on the same date (April 2) by lifting the coveted World Cup trophy back in 2011.

India defeated Sri Lanka by 6 wickets with 10 balls remaining, while chasing down a big target of 276 runs at the Wankhede Stadium here.

It was none other than the skipper himself who aptly handled the pressure on the night of the final, as on one stage, India was reeling under pressure, 31/2 in 6.1 overs, with flamboyant opener Virender Sehwag and batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar back to the pavilion.

The young Virat Kohli also failed to capatilise a finr start and got out after scoring 35 runs off 49 balls.

Then came in the out of form Indian captain MS Dhoni at the crease and put up a magnificient 104-run partnership for the fourth wicket, safely driving India  into a safe position from where a 54-run stand with Yuvraj Singh (21*) comfortably led the home team to the victory.

Dhoni finished off the proceedings in his trademark style by hitting a monstrous six to Nuwan Kulasekhara.

He was also awrded the man of the match award for his match-winning 91 runs off 78 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes. He was amazingly backed by opener Gautam Gambhir who scored 97 runs off 122 balls hitting 9 fours, and handled the pressure very well.

Sri Lanka’s star performer Lasith Malinga claimed two wickets while Thisara Perera and Tilakratne Dilshan plucked one each.

Earlier, batting first, Sri Lanka managed to pile up a huge score of 274/6 on the back of a tremendous ton by Mahela Jayawardene who scored a tremendoua 103-run inning off just 88 balls with 13 flourishing boundaries.

Kumar Sangakkara srarted off nicely but missed a deserving half-century by a whisker. He scored 48 runs off 67 balls.

Thisara Perera played a belligerent cameo at the end by scoring 22 runs off just 9 delivering with 3 fours and 1 six.

These performance helped Sri Lanka to give a good total on the board, but it was not enough to stop India from claiming its second world cup title after a long wait of 28 years.

Yuvraj Singh was awarded man of the tournament for his all-round performance which turned out to be a vital part in India’s run through to the title victory.

 

 

 

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