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India Wins 2011 Cricket World Cup

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On Saturday, April 2nd, India won the 2011 Cricket World Cup, defeating Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the final, played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India. While 33,000 spectators watched the final in person, some estimates have placed the number of TV viewers worldwide at well over 1 billion people - perhaps the most-viewed sports event ever. Saturday's final followed two semi-final matches, including a March 30th contest between host nation India and rival Pakistan, where Pakistan's prime minister, Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani and India's prime minister, Manmohan Singh sat side by side to take in the match in an act of "cricket diplomacy." Gathered here are images from the last few days of the 2011 Cricket World Cup, a look at the matches, the players and many of their supporters. [36 photos]

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Indian cricket fans ride on an Ambassador car as they celebrate their team's win over Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup in Kolkata, India on Saturday, April 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
Indian cricket fans ride on an Ambassador car as they celebrate their team's win over Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup in Kolkata, India on Saturday, April 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
The sun sets as Sri Lanka and New Zealand play their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final match in Colombo, Sri Lanka on March 29, 2011. (Reuters/Philip Brown) #
New Zealand fielder Jesse Ryder (right) catches a ball to dismiss Sri Lankan batsman Upul Tharanga (left) during the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at the R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka on March 29, 2011. (Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images) #
A donkey-led cart passes a cricket fan painting the word "Pasban" on an oversized cricket bat in Karachi March 29, 2011. Cricket-crazy Pakistanis were desperately waiting for Wednesday's showdown with India in the northern Indian town of Mohali, where the two nations will battle it out for a place in the cricket World Cup final. Pasban is a welfare organization which campaigns for human rights. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro) #
Indian school children display the Indian tricolor as they cheer for the Indian cricket team in Ahmadabad, India on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki) #
Indian cricket fans celebrate a boundary as they sit outside and watch the second semi-final of the ICC Cricket world Cup between India and Pakistan in Kolkata on March 30, 2011. (DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images) #
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi (right) interacts with Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar during The ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final match between India and Pakistan at The Punjab Cricket Associaton (PCA) Stadium in Mohali on March 30, 2011. (INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images) #
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani (left) speaks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan in Mohali, India, on March 30, 2011. (RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images) #
Members of Pakistani gypsy families watch the Pakistan-India cricket match in their makeshift tent in the slums of Hyderabad, near Karachi, Pakistan on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Pervez Masih) #
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (left) plays a shot as Pakistani wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal looks on during the Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final match between India and Pakistan in Mohali, on March 30, 2011. (MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images) #
Young Indian women, some partially and some totally visually impaired applaud as they listen to radio commentary at The Andh Prakash Kanya Gruh School for the Blind in Ahmedabad on March 30, 2011, on the continuing ICC Cricket World CUP 2011 semi-final match between India and Pakistan. (SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images) #
Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi (left) celebrates with teammates Kamrran Akmal (center) and Saeed Ajmal after taking a catch to dismiss Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final match between India and Pakistan on March 30, 2011. (MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images) #
Pakistani cricket fans watch the Pakistan-India cricket match at a local theatre in Karachi, Pakistan on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan) #
An Indian cricket fan prays for her team as she watches the World Cup cricket semifinal match between India and Pakistan, in New Delhi, India on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup) #
India bowler Harbhajan Singh, left, celebrates the dismissal of Pakistan's captain Shahid Afridi (right) during the Cricket World Cup semifinal match between Pakistan and India in Mohali, India, Wednesday, March 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan) #
Indians celebrate after their team won the ICC World Cup cricket semifinal match against Pakistan, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. India upstaged archrival Pakistan by 29 runs in the so-called "mother of all World Cup matches" to progress to the final against Sri Lanka. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) #
Fans attend a special prayer ceremony for the victory of the Indian cricket team as they hold a cut-out of Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad March 30, 2011. (Reuters/Krishnendu Halder) #
A Sri Lankan Buddhist devotee offers special prayers to bless tha national cricket team at the Kelaniya Temple in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, on April 1, 2011. (Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images) #
Hindu priests make floral decorations after dressing up an idol of Goddess Bhadrakali in the Indian cricket team jersey, to wish the team victory ahead of the ICC World Cup cricket final match between India and Sri Lanka, at a temple in Ahmadabad, India, Friday, April 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki) #
Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga looks on from the balcony after a training session in Mumbai, India, Friday, April 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) #
Indian villagers sit on the back of a tractor trolley loaded with sacks of potatoes and listen on the radio a commentary of the ICC Cricket World Cup final match between Sri Lanka and India, in Allahabad, India, Saturday, April 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh) #
An Indian cricket fan has his beard painted in the colors of the Indian national flag, as he along with others watch on a projection screen the World Cup cricket final match between India and Sri Lanka, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup) #
A supporter of India holds the national flag outside Wankhede stadium before the Cricket World Cup final match between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai, India, Saturday, April 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade) #
Sri Lankan cricket team captain Kumara Sangakkara avoids being run-out during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final match between Sri lanka and India at The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 2, 2011. (MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images) #
Sri Lankan cricket fans react as they watch India closing in to beat Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup final match, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Apr 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe) #
Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka dives to take a catch off his own bowling to dismiss Virat Kohli of India during the 2011 ICC World Cup Final between India and Sri Lanka played at Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Mumbai, India. (Graham Crouch/Getty Images) #
Cricket fans watch the Cricket World Cup final match between India and Sri Lanka, on a big screen inside a shopping mall in Kolkata April 2, 2011. (Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri) #
India batsman Gautam Gambhir (right) successfully reaches his crease during a run-out attempt in the final of the Cricket World Cup 2011 match between India and Sri Lanka on April 2, 2011. (PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images) #
Indian cricket fans watch the ICC Cricket World Cup final match between India and Sri Lanka on a television set in Mumbai, India, Saturday, April 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade) #
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (left) hits a six to win against Sri Lanka as teammate Yuvraj Singh reacts during the Cricket World Cup 2011 final in Mumbai on April 2, 2011. India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets. (INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images) #
Indian cricket fans celebrate as their team wins the Cricket World Cup final against Sri Lanka, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi) #
Sri Lankan cricket fans react as they watch a big screen telecast of the Cricket World Cup 2011 final match between Sri Lanka and India, in Colombo on April 2, 2011. (LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images) #
A cricket fan celebrates in Chandigarh, after India won the ICC Cricket World Cup final match against Sri Lanka, on April 2, 2011. India sparked wild celebrations among their billion supporters after beating Sri Lanka by six wickets in the World Cup final at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. (Reuters/Ajay Verma) #
Indian cricket fans celebrate victory over Sri Lanka in Siliguri on April 2, 2011, after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final match between India and Sri Lanka. India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets to win the 2011 World Cup at The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. (DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images) #
Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is carried on his teammates shoulders after India defeated Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final played at The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 2, 2011. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images) #
Indian cricket fans celebrate the victory of Indian team by burning fire crackers in Allahabad, India, Sunday, April 3, 2011. The Indian cricket team lifted the Cricket World Cup Saturday night for the first time in 28 years after a six-wicket victory against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh) #

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