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On This Day India,2011: India Won World Cup for 2nd Time in History

On this day 2nd April, 7 years back India won the ICC World cup 2011 by defeating  Sri Lanka in the Finals by 6 wickets to regain the world cup title after 28 years, played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India. Dhoni finished with 91 not out as India, chasing a target of 275, won by six wickets with 10 balls to spare at the Wankhede Stadium to become the first host country to win the World Cup.

India became the third nation to have won the World Cup more than once, along with Australia and the West Indies. This was the first World Cup where both the finalists were Asian teams. 

India were also only the third side to win batting second, a feat that seemed beyond them when Lasith Malinga dismissed both openers in his first four overs.

Left-hander Gautam Gambhir stayed calm among the storm to score a masterly 97, sharing a fourth-wicket partnership of 109 from 118 balls with man-of-the-match Dhoni. Yuvraj Singh, who was named man-of-the-tournament, finished on 21 not out.

Dhoni had come to bat before Yuvraj Singh, who was Man of the Series. At that Sri Lankan spinners were bowling really well and Dhoni himself came up to save Yuvraj Singh. Sachin’s  Tendulkar says winning the World Cup 2011 is the most memorable moments of his career.

Toss provides sudden drama:

The toss, usually a mundane affair, caused confusion all around on Saturday and had to be performed twice before the start of the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka.

The boisterous crowd at the Wankhede Stadium gave a rousing welcome to Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his Sri Lankan counterpart Kumar Sangakkara when they walked out for toss, with both eager to bat first and avoid a potentially tricky chase under the lights.

Flanked by former Indian all-rounder Ravi Shastri, who was hosting the toss, and match referee Jeff Crowe, Dhoni spun the coin into the air and Sangakkara mumbled his call which was drowned out by the din.

Dhoni was under the impression that Sangakkara called it incorrectly and told Shastri India would bat.

However, Crowe said he had not heard Sangakkara’s call.

A few seconds of confusion followed as the two captains waved their shoulders and exchange baffled looks before Crowe called for a re-toss, which went Sangakkara’s way and the merry Sri Lankan skipper had no hesitation in choosing to bat first.

India Road to Final’s

Date Teams Venue Result
19-Feb-11 IND v BAN Mirpur IND won by 87 runs
27-Feb-11 IND v ENG Bangaluru Match tied
6-Mar-11 IND v IRE Bangaluru IND won by 5 wkts
9-Mar-11 IND v NET Delhi IND won by 5 wkts
12-Mar-11 IND v SA Nagpur SA won by 3 wkts
20-Mar-11 IND v WI Chennai IND won by 80 runs
24-Mar-11 IND v SA Ahmedabad IND won by 5 wkts
30-Mar-11 IND v PAK Mohali IND won by 29 runs
2-Apr-11 IND v SL Mumbai IND won by 7 wkts


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