On the crucial day, Kumar Sangakkara, the Lankan skipper won the toss and elected to bat first. Zaheer Khan provided a perfect start for the Indians with 3 maidens and a wicket as he put the 2003 World Cup final behind him. Upul Tharanga perished after scoring 2 runs off 20 deliveries. Tillakaratne Dilshan too, failed to deliver at the biggest stage and the business had to be done by Sangakkara and his deputy Mahela Jayawardena, who smashed a brilliant unbeaten century (103*) to guide Sri Lanka to 274/6 in 50 overs.
Zaheer, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh got the breaks for India at the right moments were helped by a brilliant fielding display from their teammates.
Chasing 275 for a World Cup victory after 28 years since Kapil Dev’s India lifted the Cup in 1983, India faltered in the early stages as Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar (18) departed early on in the innings. Gautam Gambhir (97) and Virat Kohli (35) batted exceptionally well to get the chase back on track for the Indians. After Kohli’s dismissal, Captain Cool, MS Dhoni (91*) arrived at the center ahead of Yuvraj and shared a 109 run partnership for the fourth wicket with Gambhir.
The damage was already done when Gambhir departed to make way for Yuvraj (21*), who supported his skipper really well on the night. The winning blow was struck by the Captain – MSD – a huge six over long on, as India reached their target with 10 deliveries to spare.
MS Dhoni was adjudged to be the man of the match on the day while Yuvraj Singh was the man of the tournament for his outstanding all round display.
It is a huge moment for Indian cricket and a heart wrenching loss for the Sri Lankan’s who were quite exceptional throughout the tournament. In India, where cricket is a religion, the party has begun!