Yuvraj Most Valuable Player:
Mahela in a lone battle:
Dhoni heroics make India World champs
WORLD CUP CRICKET: Mahela Jayawardena's brilliant hundred was not
good enough for Sri Lanka as India lifted the ICC 2011 Cricket World Cup
with a six wicket victory in the final worked off at the Wankhede
Stadium in Mumbai yesterday.
Mahela Jayawarden in full cry
Jayawardena's unbeaten 103 was overshadowed by two magnificent knocks
from Gautam Gambhir and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as India overtook
Sri Lanka's challenging total of 274 runs with six wickets and ten
deliveries to spare. Gambhir who was let off by Nuwan Kulasekera at long
off on 30 capitalized on the drop chance and went on to make amends by
stroking a sparkling 97 with the help of nine boundaries. He also shared
a match winning century stand from 106 balls along with his captain
Mahendra Singh Dhoni who remained unbeaten on 91 from 71 balls inclusive
of two sixes and eight boundaries that helped him to clinch the Man of
the Match award.
The Indian captain who promoted himself in the batting order added
the finishing touches by putting on an unfinished 54 runs for the fifth
wicket from 42 balls together with Yuvraj Singh who went on to win the
coveted Player of the Series award.
India were in a spot of bother at one stage after having lost both
openers cheaply. In fact Lasith Malinga removed opener Virender Sehwag
in the second ball of the innings and followed up with the prize scalp
of Sachin Tendulkar.
Most Valuable Player of the ICC World Cup Yuvraj Singh and
Man of the Match Mahendra Singh Dhoni soon after the
finishing the game in favour of India.
Earlier the Lankans electing to bat first after winning the toss
posted a competitive 274 runs for 6 wickets from their 50 overs. Vice
captain Jayawardena a man for the big occasion came into the limelight
in his own style as he dropped anchor to play a responsible innings
under tremendous pressure.
He joined a select band of cricketers to have scored a century in a
World Cup final racing to an unbeaten 103 from 88 balls inclusive of 13
Jayawardena kept the pressure on the Indians with some intelligent
batting while rotating the strike with his partners. He showed great
character in his approach to the situation after two quick wickets had
fallen mid way in the innings.
India came back into the game somewhat by striking two vital blows
while removing Thilan Samaraweera and Chamara Kapugedera in successive
Nuwan Kulasekera joined Jayawardena and the pair put on 66 runs for
the sixth wicket from 49 balls. All rounder Thisara Perera joined
Jayawardena and the pair added the finishing touches by putting on 26
runs for the unfinished seventh wicket from just two overs as they
collected 63 runs from the power play overs.
Sri Lanka the 1996 champions of course got off to a slow start with
the openers Tillekeratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga collecting only nine
runs from the first five overs. This was mainly due to some excellent
seam bowling from left armer Zaheer Khan whose first spell read 5-3-6-1.
However Sri Lanka did well to target Sreesanth from the other end
with Dilshan and skipper Kumar Sangakkara deciding to open out after the
tenth over. In fact the pair put on 43 runs for the second wicket to
snatch the initiative from the opposition.