Mahindananda Aluthgamage, former Sports Minister of Sri Lanka, has sensationally claimed that the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka was fixed. India had defeated Sri Lanka by 6 wickets to win their second World Cup and first in 28 years.
India were up against a spirited Sri Lankan team which had blown away almost every team that came in its way to the final. Sri Lanka did well with the bat, riding on a classy Mahela Jayawardene (103 not out, 88 balls, 13 fours) century to post a challenging total of 274/6.
In reply, India lost the talismanic Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag early with Lasith Malinga being the destructor-in-chief. But from thereon, every thing went India’s way as Gautam Gambhir and later MS Dhoni took charge of the innings.
Gambhir bailed India out of trouble and scored a stunning 97 to set the platform for the win. Dhoni then went on to play an unbeaten knock of 91 to make sure India register the win without any trouble in the end.
‘2011 World Cup final fixed’:
More than nine years after the historic game in Mumbai, Mahindananda Aluthgamage has said that the game was fixed. Not very unsurprisingly, he could not give any evidence to prove his claim but stated that he takes full responsibility of his comments.
“The 2011 final was fixed. I stand by what I say. It took place when I was the Minister of Sports,” Mahindananda Aluthgamage told Sri Lankan news outlet News 1st.
The reporter further asked him: “Do you say this with absolute responsibility?”
In reply, he said:“I state with full responsibility. However, I do not wish to expose details for the sake of the country. The game against India in 2011, a game which we could have won, was fixed. “
“I state it with responsibility and I can come forward for a debate. The people are concerned about it. I would not involve the cricketers in this. However, certain groups were definitely involved in fixing the game,” he added.
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