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745dThe Bulletin by Andrew Miller

Dhoni and Gambhir lead India to World Cup glory

Twenty-eight years on from the match that transformed the history of world cricket, India recaptured the crown that Kapil Dev and his men first lifted at Lord's in 1983, and this time they did in their very own back yard

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Dhoni steps up

Though not in the best touch, the Indian captain promoted himself ahead of a form batsman in the 2011 final and made sure India took the trophy

1137dJai Arjun Singh

Dhoni's dream

The new biopic, shaped around the World Cup win of 2011, works best when it depicts one youngster following his calling


Dhoni wins it with a six

In 2011, MS Dhoni helped end a 28-year wait for India and gifted Sachin Tendulkar something he had craved throughout his career

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World Cup dream began after 2007 exit - Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar has revealed that he started nurturing ambitions of winning the 2011 World Cup right after India's crushing first-round exit in the 2007 edition of the tournament

636dSharda Ugra

Simons calls Munaf Patel the unsung hero

It was Munaf Patel who had given the bowling unit reassurance with both an awareness of his own skills and his ability to adapt, according to bowling coach Eric Simons

636dSamantha Pendergrast

Diary of an Indian fan

A first-person account of the day after a night that comes once in 28 years

636dNagraj Gollapudi at the Wankhede Stadium

India's cup of joy overflows

It was a day when the common man felt he was part of something special. A day when cherished dreams were realised

636dSidharth Monga at the Wankhede Stadium

Perfect timing by MS Dhoni

The India captain certainly can't be blamed for not having a sense of occasion or timing, and he stepped up on the biggest stage of all

637dSharda Ugra at the Wankhede Stadium

Mature India refuse to be beaten

Over the course of six weeks, and with their victory in the final, India busted a few old theories while proving several of their own ones right

636dSharda Ugra at the Wankhede Stadium

We felt the pressure - Dhoni

MS Dhoni said India's players had felt anxiety throughout the World Cup, but they had planned it for 18 months and were dedicated to winning it for each other first

636dSharda Ugra in Mumbai

Dhoni acknowledges role of quartet

MS Dhoni said that Indian cricket was in its current position because of the 1983 World Cup win and the emergence of Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid

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Malinga says wet ball hampered bowling

Lasith Malinga has said he could not bowl yorkers in the final against India because the ball was wet, while Muttiah Muralitharan said the inability of the spinners to get wickets caused the loss

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India fined for slow over-rate

India have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the World Cup final in Mumbai against Sri Lanka

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Tendulkar won't stop - Kirsten

Sachin Tendulkar has said he is still enjoying his cricket and doesn't see any reason to hang up his boots, while Gary Kirsten said he didn't think Tendulkar would stop playing just yet

636dSidharth Monga at the Wankhede Stadium

The dive that defined Gambhir

Twice Gautam Gambhir had two potentially great ODI knocks cut short by careless run-outs. Today, when he dived full length, it seemed he was on to something special

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A pearl that could have been priceless

Mahela Jayawardene's classic hundred did not deserve to be the only one of six in World Cup finals to not earn the maker's side the trophy

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'India were a step ahead of us' - Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara, the Sri Lanka captain, took heart from his team's performance to reach the final of the World Cup but described the defeat to India in Mumbai as "hugely disappointing"

731dSambit Bal at the Wankhede Stadium

Sri Lanka let down sublime Jayawardene

Sri Lanka were so feeble on the field that they rendered absolutely inconsequential a magnificent hundred from Mahela Jayawardene

636dSharda Ugra in Mumbai

Finally, the moment of truth

Everyone involved in the World Cup final cannot escape the passing thought about how everything that they have done till now - picking up a bat or a ball, their first century, their first five-for - has telescoped into these hours

636dSambit Bal

The two titans

Tendulkar and Murali have followed parallel careers to become their countries' greatest players. On Saturday, in their twilight, they face off in the biggest stage of all

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Battle of the wicketkeeper captains

ESPNcricinfo looks at the mini-battles that will take place in the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai

636dSidharth Monga at the Wankhede Stadium

A final that could define Sangakkara's legacy

Kumar Sangakkara has led Sri Lanka through tough times, the team has acquired a new identity under his leadership and a win on Saturday will make him one of his country's best ever captains

636dMadhusudhan Ramakrishnan

Toss could be key in battle of equals

India have won most of their matches against Sri Lanka at home, but Sri Lanka have the better record in World Cups and in finals

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Sri Lanka over 2007 loss - Jayawardene

Sri Lanka have reached their second successive World Cup final, and though they were blown away in the last one, their vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene said they had done really well since that setback

636dS Rajesh

The partnerships that won the Cup

MS Dhoni showed his penchant for a run-chase yet again, while the middle order soaked up pressure quite superbly with two decisive stands

India 2nd innings Partnerships

1st0SR TendulkarV Sehwag
2nd31SR TendulkarG Gambhir
3rd83G GambhirV Kohli
4th109MS DhoniG Gambhir
5th54MS DhoniYuvraj Singh