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India Beats Sri Lanka for Cricket World Cup


India's players hold the winning trophy as they celebrate their victory over Sri Lanka at ICC Cricket World Cup final match in Mumbai, April 2, 2011.

India's players hold the winning trophy as they celebrate their victory over Sri Lanka at ICC Cricket World Cup final match in Mumbai, April 2, 2011.

India has defeated Sri Lanka to win the Cricket World Cup for the first time since 1983.

Indian fans packed Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai Saturday to watch their team beat Sri Lanka by six wickets.

Sri Lanka chose to bat first and marched to 274 to 6 as Mahela Jayawardene smashed 103 not out off 88 balls. India caught up and surpassed the target with the help of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who scored an unbeaten 91.

India, the top-ranked team in cricket's five-day Test format, is now also No. 1 in the one-day limited-overs game - unseating previous champion Australia.

Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, a hometown hero in Mumbai, did not hit a 100th international century, but he did earn his first World Cup.

Sri Lanka's star bowler Muttiah Muralitaharan will retire from international cricket without a second World Cup win. He is the only player remaining on the team since Sri Lanka won the tournament in 1996.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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