This Day That Year: When Dhoni, Gambhir helped India win their second ODI World Cup | Watch
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: It was April 2, 2011, when the Indian cricket team went to win their second World Cup title in 50-over cricket. India, who won the first title in 1983, had to wait for 28 years to lift the title in front of a huge crowd at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Entering into the 2011 tournament, the Men in Blue were the clear favorites to win the title as the competition was scheduled to be held in their backyard. Under the leadership of MS Dhoni, India lost just one match against South Africa and tied a game with England.
India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-final to meet Sri Lanka in the final. In the match, the latter won the toss and chose to bat first. Skipper Mahela Jayawardena top-scored with a century and took the team's score to 274/6.
The men in blue, however, got off to a bad start as the side lost key wickets of opener Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag for just 31 runs on the scorecard. But, MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir stepped up and build a match-winning partnership of 109-run.
Though Gambhir got dismissed for 97, it was Dhoni and Yuvraj who tool the team over the line by six wickets.
The match-winning six by the former India skipper is still viewed as one of the exciting moments in India's sporting history. As soon as the ball sailed over the boundary ropes, Ravi Shastri in the commentary box famously marked, "Dhoni, finishes it off in style, India lifts the World Cup after 28 years."
As soon as the match-winning shot was hit, other teammates got up off their seats and took a lap around the ground by carrying Tendulkar on their shoulders-- voted greatest Laureus Sporting Moment in the last two decades.
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