Sri Lanka vs India
India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets
and win the 2011 World Cup. Stunning final and worthy winners as Gambhir and Dhoni reply to Jayawardene's magnificent century with gems of their own. Cracking game, and I for one cannot wait for both these sides to arrive in England this summer. Going to be sensational. Great scenes at the Wankhede as the Indian players and fans celebrate wildly. There are tears, cheers and a big pile-on before Sachin Tendulkar is carried around the ground by his team-mates. No hundredth hundred for the great man, but he doesn't loko too bothered right now.
Over 49: Kulasekara 1-6
277-4 - India win the World Cup! And how, as Dhoni launches a huge six down the ground to provide the moment that will be repeated and repeated for years to come. Superbly paced run-chase from India after the early loss of Sehwag and Tendulkar. Dhoni simply magnificent.
Over 48: Malinga 1-4-4-0-1-1
270-4 - Brilliant from Dhoni. He gets Malinga away for successive boundaries through the legside. India almost home now, and Dhoni heading for man-of-the-match honours after a true captain's innings.
Singh when you're winning
Yuvraj has been named ICC Man of the Tournament. Unless Malinga takes six in six in this next over, hard to argue with that selection. Four man-of-the-match awards for a series of superb all-round performances.
Over 47: Kulasekara 1-4-1-4-0-1
259-4 - There's an air of inevitability about things as India take full advantage of Sri Lankan generosity. Astonishing that Kulasekara has been thrown the ball here, and Dhoni slaps a cover-drive for four before Yuvraj bludgeons a gentle full-toss past midwicket for four more. Ajantha Mendis looks on from the sidelines.
Has Murali already bowled his final ball in international cricket? Sri Lanka have gone for Kulasekara, with Muralitharan still having two overs to bowl...
Over 46: Malinga 0-0-0-0-2-1
248-4 - Malinga applies a smidge of pressure with four dot balls, but it's really only wickets that can derail India now. Yuvraj clips to leg for a leisurely two and then drives down the ground for a single.
Mandatory batting powerplay for India. Makes little difference: Sri Lanka would have to get their fielders in anyway. Malinga and Murali will - presumably - bowl the last five overs of the innings in search of miracles.
Over 45: Randiv 1-1-0-1-1-1
245-4 Close! Dhoni survives a tight run-out call after a direct hit from short third-man. Replays inconclusive; probably just in. Either way, benefit of the doubt to the batsman. Yuvraj is then hit in front by Randiv, but the huge lbw shout is turned down. No hesitation in taking the review - why not at this stage? - and replays confirm an inside edge. Excellent decision.
Over 44: Perera 6-1-1-0-0-0
240-4 - First six of the innings as Dhoni climbs into a short ball from Perera and carves it over backward point for the full count. Chance! Yuvraj calls Dhoni through for a quick single and a direct hit might have done for the India captain. No need, Yuvi. Dhoni not happy.
Over 43: Randiv 0-1-1-0-1-2lb
232-4 - Randiv looks like he might at least apply a bit of pressure, but releases that with a poor ball to end the over. The ball flicks off Yuvraj's pads for a couple of leg-byes. India need 43 from 42 with six wickets in hand.
Over 42: Perera 0-W-0-0-0-4
227-4 WICKET! Ah, no. Gambhir suffers a rush of blood with a century his for the taking. He backs away and aims an entirely unnecessary hack across the line at Perera's straight ball and the middle stump is knocked back. Surely too little, too late to affect the result but a great personal disappointment for him. He'll spend the rest of his days wondering why on earth he played that shot. Yuvraj is the new batsman, and allows himself a few sighters before standing tall and hammering a pulls shot to the midwicket fence. Eight overs to go; three from Malinga, two from Murali, three from A.N. Other. Suspect the Malinga three are Sri Lanka's best if not quite only hope.
Over 41: Randiv 0-1-0-0-1-0
223-3 - Randiv sneaks in a cheap over, but the Sri Lankan body language betrays their feelings on this one now. Heads are dropping, and they're starting to bicker among themselves.
Over 40: Muralitharan 1-2-0wd-4-0-1-2
221-3 - A wide down the legside brings up the hundred partnership, and Dhoni makes that 104 by clobbering a drive wide of long-off. Murali decides to bowl over the wicket to Dhoni for the first time. Too late. A misfield and an overthrow gives Gambhir two more runs as he closes on a stunning hundred.
Over 39: Malinga 1-1-0-1-1-0wd-1
210-3 - Not for the first time in his career, Malinga breaks a bat with a searing yorker that Gambhir jabs down on at the last moment. Sri Lanka need him to be breaking stumps rather than bats at the moment. Gambhir moves on to 93 and since a couple of streaky boundaries just after reaching 50 he's been superb today. Looks sure to follow Jayawardene to three-figures, and will probably have more reason to celebrate.
Over 38: Muralitharan 0-0-2-1-1-4
204-3 - India pass 200 as another Murali over ticks by. Sri Lanka's back-up bowlng simply not up to the task tonight. Mendis' absence increasingly baffling despite his struggles against India. The last ball of the over is dragged down short by Murali, and Dhoni once again smashes the ball through the covers for four more. He gets his first 50 of the tournament. Not a bad time to do it.
Gambhir was struggling earlier, and now Dhoni requires treatment on his back. Chance for everyone to have a bit of a rest and a breather.
Over 37: Malinga 2-2-0-0-1-0
196-3 - Dhoni goes past 6000 ODI runs with a pair of twos, the first pushed through the covers and the second pulled to deep square-leg. A clip off the hip brings a single, and India negotiate that over without alarm. A nation is ready to party.
The time is now
Malinga back into the attack for Sri Lanka. He surely has to strike if Sri Lanka are to win a second World Cup title.
Over 36: Randiv 1-4-2-1-0-0
191-3 - Randiv drags down a horrible long-hop to Dhoni, and it gets crunched in front of point for four. Fair play to the India skipper: he could've hid in the changing rooms but took the bold move of putting himself up the order to maintain the left-hand, right-hand combination. It's paying off. India's required rate dips back under a run a ball and at this stage of the innings that's a wonderful position to be in.
- 2nd Apr 2011
- Gymkhana Ground, Mumbai
- Aleem Dar and S J A Taufel
india BATTING CARD
|Sehwag||lbw b Malinga||0|
|Tendulkar||c Sangakkara b Malinga||18|
|Extras||8w, 1b, 6lb||15|
|Total||Close, 48.2 Overs||277 - 4|