ICC World Cup 2011 Final

ICC World Cup 2011 Final: The 2011 World Cup had India and Sri Lanka as co-hosts, alongside Bangladesh. A captivating twist unfolded as these two teams crossed paths in the final match. India eliminated the reigning champions, Australia, during the quarterfinals, adding to the tournament’s excitement. The scene was set for a spectacular showdown at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, where the grand final took place.

In World Cup 2011 first semi-final held in Colombo, Sri Lanka secured their spot in the final by triumphing over New Zealand with a five-wicket victory. In a parallel development, Team India advanced to the final after prevailing over archrival Pakistan by a margin of 29 runs in the second semi-final held in Mohali.

Notably, both teams displayed analogous performances during the group stage, each securing four wins out of six matches and accumulating a total of nine points. In this Article, we will talk about 2011 World Cup Final.

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IND vs SL ICC World Cup 2011 Final

ICC World Cup 2011 Final, IND vs SL

IND vs SL World Cup 2011 Final, 1st Inning

The grand final commenced with Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara winning the toss and opting to bat first. India gained their initial breakthrough within 6.1 overs as Zaheer Khan dismissed Upul Tharanga, who managed 2 runs from 20 balls.

Following this, Sri Lanka forged a 43-run partnership between Tillakaratne Dilshan and captain Sangakkara. Dilshan’s stay was cut short at 33 runs by Harbhajan Singh. Subsequently, a substantial 62-run alliance for the third wicket was formed between Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.

Taking the ball, Yuvraj Singh effectively intervened, securing two pivotal wickets for the home team. He dismissed Sangakkara, who had scored 48 off 67, and Thilan Samaraweera, who had made 21 runs from 34 deliveries. With the score standing at 182/5 in 39.5 overs, Jayawardene initiated a counteroffensive.

Initially targeting the pace bowlers, he collaborated in a 66-run partnership for the sixth wicket alongside Nuwan Kulasekara, contributing 32 runs off 30 balls. Regrettably, the partnership was disrupted by an avoidable run-out.

As the innings progressed, Sri Lanka reached 248/6 after 48 overs. The situation witnessed Thisara Perera delivering an unbeaten cameo performance, amassing 22 runs from just nine balls, inclusive of three fours and one six.

Simultaneously, Jayawardene achieved an impressive milestone, achieving an unbeaten century in 84 balls. His innings amounted to 103 off 88, comprising 13 fours. As the innings concluded, Sri Lanka had set a formidable total of 274/6 on the scoreboard. It was an imposing challenge for any team to chase in a World Cup final, a feat that had not been achieved previously.

IND vs SL World Cup 2011 Final, 2nd Inning

India’s pursuit commenced with the dismissal of Virender Sehwag for a two-ball duck. Following this, Sachin Tendulkar’s innings was cut short on the first delivery of the sixth over, having scored 18 off 14 balls.

Lasith Malinga dismissed both Indian openers. In response, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli undertook remedial efforts, forging a 73-run partnership for the third wicket.

Virat succumbed to an exceptional catch-and-bowl maneuver by Dilshan, his contribution amounting to 35 runs from 49 balls. Subsequently, a remarkable strategic move was executed by the Indian captain. Taking the initiative, he propelled himself up the batting order, preceding the in-form Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina.

It is noteworthy that Dhoni’s aggregate runs amounted to a mere 150 from seven innings prior to his match-winning performance in the final, leaving many puzzled by this decision.

However, what unfolded next became an indelible piece of history. Dhoni and Gambhir orchestrated a substantial partnership of 109 runs, steering India toward their target. Regrettably, Gambhir’s brilliant innings concluded just three runs shy of a century, as he fell to Perera after crafting an impressive 97 runs. Meanwhile, Dhoni maintained a consistent boundary-hitting rhythm and reached his fifty off 52 deliveries.

Post achieving his half-century, Dhoni escalated the scoring tempo. Yuvraj Singh entered the crease after Gambhir’s departure, with India requiring 52 runs to secure victory from 52 balls. Subsequently, Dhoni and Yuvraj united for an undefeated 54-run partnership, ultimately securing India’s triumph in the World Cup.

Yuvraj concluded with an unbeaten 21 runs, while Dhoni concluded the match in a grand fashion. He emphatically struck the winning six on the second delivery of the 49th over bowled by Nuwan Kulasekara, sealing the final match. Dhoni’s unbeaten innings of 91 runs from 79 balls emerged as the centerpiece of this victory, signifying his peak performance for the ultimate showdown.

World Cup 2011 Final, Match Summary

The 2011 World Cup final witnessed the highest run chase ever recorded in the tournament. Dhoni’s strategic brilliance caught the Sri Lankans off guard too. Noteworthy is the fact that both Dhoni and Muralitharan were part of CSK, prompting Dhoni’s decision to take charge and confront the spin challenge during the middle overs.

India clinched their second World Cup victory after a 28-year hiatus, with Dhoni earning the title of Man of the Match. Yuvraj Singh’s exceptional performance, comprising 362 runs and 15 wickets, earned him the accolade of being named the Man of the Tournament.

TeamScoreTop Run ScorerBest Bowling
Sri Lanka274/6 (50 overs)Mahela Jayawardene (103 off 88)Yuvraj Singh (2/49)
India277/4 (48.2 overs)Gautam Gambhir (97 off 122), MS Dhoni (91* off 79)Lasith Malinga (2/42)

World Cup 2011 Final Scorecard, IND vs SL

World Cup 2011 Final, Sri Lanka Inning, Batting

Upul Tharanga c Sehwag b Khan220300010.00
Tillakaratne Dilshan b Harbhajan Singh3349873067.34
Kumar Sangakkara (c)†c †Dhoni b Yuvraj Singh48671025071.64
Mahela Jayawardene not out10388159130117.04
Thilan Samaraweera lbw b Yuvraj Singh2134532061.76
Chamara Kapugedera c Raina b Khan1560020.00
Nuwan Kulasekara run out (†Dhoni)32304111106.66
Thisara Perera not out2291031244.44
Lasith MalingaDid not bat
Suraj RandivDid not bat
Muthiah MuralidaranDid not bat
Extras(b 1, lb 3, nb 2, w 6)12
TOTAL50 Ov (RR: 5.48, 246 Mins)274/6

World Cup 2011 Final, Sri Lanka Inning, Bowling

Zaheer Khan1036026.00326210
Munaf Patel904104.55314010
Harbhajan Singh1005015.00243010
Yuvraj Singh1004924.90285000
Sachin Tendulkar201206.0040030
Virat Kohli10606.0031000

World Cup 2011 Final, India Inning, Batting

Virender Sehwag lbw b Malinga022000.00
Sachin Tendulkar c †Sangakkara b Malinga18142120128.57
Gautam Gambhir b Perera971221879079.50
Virat Kohli c & b Dilshan3549694071.42
MS Dhoni (c)†not out917912882115.18
Yuvraj Singh not out2124392087.50
Suresh RainaDid not bat
Harbhajan SinghDid not bat
Zaheer KhanDid not bat
Munaf PatelDid not bat
SreesanthDid not bat
Extras(b 1, lb 6, w 8)15
TOTAL48.2 Ov (RR: 5.73, 230 Mins)277/4

World Cup 2011 Final, India Inning, Bowling

Lasith Malinga904224.66314020
Nuwan Kulasekara8.206407.68208100
Thisara Perera905516.11275120
Suraj Randiv904304.77243000
Tillakaratne Dilshan502715.40142010
Muthiah Muralidaran803904.87233010


Who won 2011 World Cup Final?

India won the ODI World Cup 2011 Final against Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Who won World Cup 2011 Man of the Match Award?

Indian skipper MS Dhoni won the MOM award in Final of World Cup 2011.

Who Scored Most Runs in World Cup 2011 Final?

Gautam Gambhir scored 97 runs of 122 balls is the top run scorer in 2011 World Cup Final.

Who took Most Wickets in World Cup 2011 Final?

Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Lasith Malinga take 2 wickets each in 2011 World Cup Final.

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