India created history after a brilliant finale to the World Cup 2011 ended with Dhoni and his men chasing down Sri Lanka's total of 274 to hand one of the greatest players of all time - Sachin Tendulkar - the ultimate winners medal the sport could offer.

A brilliant unbeaten ton from Mahela Jayawardene (103*) helped Sri Lanka to a score of 274-6 in 50 overs, setting India a target of 275 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. However, India fought back through a brilliant Gautham Gambhir and skipper MS Dhoni, despite the early loss of openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar, to secure the trophy, making them the first host-nation in the history of the world cup to win it.

India's chase suffered a major blow as their burstful-opener Virender Sehwag was given lbw in the Malinga's second delivery. Malinga then invited Tendulkar to drive with an outswinger, getting a edge off his bat on the way to Sangakkara's safe hands. It meant Tendulkar failed to do the romantic's dream  and score his 100th hundred in his hometown. India were left reeling from his loss, but their much maligned middle order shown through when it mattered most. First Gambhir and Virat Kohli steadied the innings, before skipper MS Dhoni combined with Gambhir for the decisive partnership.



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