India had a challenging target of 275 runs and their two openers had returned to the pavilion by the seventh over. Two important partnerships are played, on whose own, just nine years ago, India was successful in becoming the world champion for the second time. It was the day of April 2, 2011. The venue was Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium and stood in the title match in front of India Sri Lanka, who won the toss and scored 274 runs for six wickets, batting first.
Mahela Jayawardene plays a brilliant innings of 103 not out. Meaning that if India is to become champion again after 1983, then it will have to set a record of achieving the biggest goal in the World Cup final. But what is this? Virender Sehwag returns to the pavilion on the second ball of the innings.
After this Lasith Malinga also catches Sachin Tendulkar behind the wicket. India's score gets 31 runs for two wickets. Gautam Gambhir (97) held one end. He plays an 83-run partnership in 15.3 overs with Virat Kohli (35) and then adds 109 runs in 19.4 overs for the fourth wicket with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (91 not out). The specialty of both these partnerships was that Indian batsmen had more runs by running between wickets instead of playing long shots.
Gambhir and Kohli's partnership had only eight fours. Even in the partnership of Gambhir and Dhoni, the ball had crossed the boundary line eight times, but even then they scored at a run rate of 5.54. In the end, the six imposed by Dhoni on Nuwan Kulasekara got settled in the minds of Indian cricket lovers. With this six, India became the third team to win the World Cup final chasing the target.