Apr 02, Mumbai: India beat Sri Lanka to clinch the 2011 ICC World Cup today at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Sri Lanka batting first set a formidable target of 275 in 50 overs with Mahela Jayewardene’s unbeaten 103.
India in reply lost the opening pair Virendra Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar early, but Gautam Gambhir’s partnership with Virat Kohli and later with Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni steadied India to easily reach the target in 48.5 overs sparing six wickets.
The Runner-Up Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara praised the Indian team for their play and said anything less than 350 with India looks less.
“Both Sri Lanka and India will be proud with the way they have played� Congrats India, you were the better side today,” the Sri Lankan captain said reminding the crowd that the World Cup final was all a South Asian affair.
It was the first time in World Cup History two South Asian teams battled and a home team won the Cup.