India beats Sri Lanka to win cricket World Cup

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India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, left, escapes a run out during the Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai, India, Saturday, April 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, left, escapes a run out during the Cricket World Cup final between …

India has won cricket's World Cup for the first time in 28 years with a victory at home over Sri Lanka.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni provided the runs Saturday in the six-wicket victory, helping the great Sachin Tendulkar to his first title in six attempts.

India became the first team to win batting second in a final since Sri Lanka beat Australia by eight wickets in 1996.

There was no winning farewell to international cricket for Muttiah Muralitharan, the only survivor from Sri Lanka's '96 winning squad.Tendulkar didn't get his 100th international hundred, but earned a cherished Cup title.

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