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India win Cricket World Cup 2011 MUMBAI , India - Mahendra Singh Dhoni clouted a soaring six to secure India ' s first World Cup title in 28 years and the first for the great Sachin Tendulkar in six attempts with a six- wicket victory over Sri Lanka in Saturday ' s final . Skipper Dhoni scored an unbeaten 91 , sharing a 109- run stand with Gautam Gambhir ( 97 ) , as India chased down Sri Lanka ' s 274- 6 to win by six wickets. India became the first team to win batting second in a final since Sri Lanka beat Australia by eight wickets in 1996. There was no winning farewell to international cricket for Muttiah Muralitharan , the only survivor from Sri Lanka ' s ' 96 winning squad . Tendulkar didn ' t get his 100th international hundred, but earned a cherished Cup title and he was lifted onto the shoulders of his teammates for a victory lap . " It ' s the ultimate thing and I ' m experiencing it , " Tendulkar said. "I couldn ' t have asked for anything better. It ' s the proudest moment of my life ." Tendulkar was out for 18 but he ' s done enough in two decades for his teammates to dedicate the victory to him . " He carried the hopes of the nation for 21 years so it ' s time we carried him on our shoulders," batsman Virat Kohli said. Tendulkar , 37 and the leading runscorer in international cricket , praised his teammates, too. " It ' s never too late as they say . Thanks to all my teammates. Without such fabulous performance and such consistency it would never have happened ," he said, adding that he wasn ' t too proud to shed a tear. " They were happy tears , so I wouldn ' t mind crying ." Muralitharan , the leading wicket taker in international cricket , was visibly hampered by niggling injuries that slowed him down and didn ' t allow him the spring he needs for the extra spin that has bamboozled batsmen for a generation . The result also made Mahela Jayawardene the first batsmen to score a century in a World Cup final and end up on a losing team . The match tilted twice , with India on top at the start before some late hitting led by Jayawardene and the middle order . Lasith Malinga removed both Indian openers in an express pace opening spell to keep the visitors on track , but India ' s long batting lineup remained calm enough to keep grinding the target down . Tendulkar was drenched in champagne by his teammates as the Indian squad carried the trophy around the Wankhede Stadium amid a scrum of cameras and fireworks blazing from the roof. There was traffic chaos on the adjoining Marine Parade , with the road jammed with cars and motor bikes honking horns, waving Indian flags and letting off firecrackers. Yuvraj Singh , who scored an unbeaten 21 in an unbroken fifth- wicket partnership with Dhoni and was voted player of the series, said the Indians " batted like champions ." " This is unbelievable . This is the most special one for whole of India , for Sachin , for the whole team . It ' s just amazing . We batted like champions . " Sangakkara said he was proud of the way his Sri Lankans pushed the tournament favourites to the limit , in the closest final since 1992. " I' m very proud of everyone , especially Mahela Jayawardene who rose to the occasion with a great hundred ," he said. "It ' s been a great tournament for us. " I must say the way India played they really deserved the tag of favourites. " When Malinga removed Virender Sehwag, lbw for a duck on the second ball , and Tendulkar India was 31 - 2 in the seventh over and the Sri Lankans were celebrating . But Gambhir and Kohli ( 35 ) combined to revive the innings in an 82 - run partnership which took some momentum away from the Sri Lankans . Gambhir was on 30 and the total at 68 - 2 when he played an ill - advised shot to Suraj Randiv ' s third ball and was lucky to survive as Nuwan Kulasekara was unable to take a catch at his feet near the long - off boundary . Tillakaratne Dilshan broke the partnership with a brilliant return catch . Dhoni promoted himself up the order with the total at 114- 3 when a captain' s steadying influence was required . He passed 6 ,000 runs in ODIs when he reached 42 and brought up his 50 with an imperious backfoot cover drive against Muralitharan . Dhoni and Gambhir combined for 118 balls before Thisara Perera finally ended the first century stand of the match when Gambhir succumbed to another rush of blood , stepping down the pitch in a bid to reach his hundred with a boundary , only to lost his middle stump . That left India requiring 52 runs from 52 balls with six wickets in hand . Not a problem for Dhoni . Earlier , Jayawardene scored a calm and composed 103 from 88 balls to post only the sixth century in a World Cup final. The 1996 champions made an uncharacteristically sluggish start after winning the toss , the top three of Upul Tharanga (2 ), Dilshan (33 ) and Sangakkara ( 48 ) slightly misfiring for a rare time in the tournament . Zaheer Khan bowled impeccably and didn ' t concede a run in his first three overs , taking a vital early wicket to remove Tharanga as the Sri Lankans crawled to 31 - 1 in 10 overs . But he was expensive toward the end when Jayawardene brought up his century with consecutive boundaries in the 48 th over . And while he finished as the equal leading wicket taker in the tournament with 21 , he' ll be disappointed with his last figures of 2 - 60 after his first five overs cost him just six runs . The Sri Lankans scored 63 runs in the last five overs in a batting powerplay , including 24 in the last nine balls . Nuwan Kulasekera (32 ) shared a valuable 66 - run sixth - wicket with Jayawardene and Thisara Perera pulled Zaheer for six on the final ball to finish unbeaten on 21 from nine balls . The match started amid some confusion when match referee Jeff Crowe ordered a second coin toss because he couldn ' t hear Sangakkara ' s call . Sangakkara won the second toss , a rarity in the international game , and was relieved to be batting first . Sri Lanka moved from 17 - 1 to 60 in the 17 th over and Dilshan had just taken his tournament- leading tally to 500 runs when he played a Harbhajan Singh delivery onto his stumps. When Sangakkara was out , Sri Lanka slipped to 122- 3 and India had done much of the hard work , removing three batsmen who were among the five leading scorers in the tournament . But Jayawardene marshalled the middle - order and progressively lifted the run rate with a mix of finesse and flourishing boundaries and at least ensured a contest.

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