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Tendulkar hopes to 'get the job done' in Mumbai World Cup final

Yesterday's man of the match dreams of last hurrah at home in what will certainly be his last World Cup.

Sachin Tendulkar, India's semi-final hero, will play a World Cup final in his hometown of Mumbai after helping his country beat Pakistan by 29 runs in Mohali yesterday.

Tendulkar was named man of the match for his top score of 85 in India's 260 for nine, a total they duly defended in the semi-final.

The master batsman — who was dropped on 27, 45, 70 and 81 in yesterday's game against in Mohali — can therefore look forward to taking on Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium as India set their sights on at last following up their maiden World Cup win 28 years ago.

"Going back to Mumbai for this event is a wonderful occasion," said Tendulkar, who is still one century short of becoming the first man to make 100 international hundreds.

Tendulkar has scored 48 hundreds in his one-day international career (including six at the World Cup) and 51 in the five-day version of the game.

He may yet be reserving that feat for the grandest stage, but is more concerned that India seal the title on Saturday.

"I just hope we can get the job done," he told Sky Sports.

India were indebted not just to Tendulkar, but the early striking of Virender Sehwag, his opening partner, and a fine all-round display in the field.

"I thought the way we bowled was brilliant and the way we fielded was absolutely fabulous.

"Viru got us off to a flyer, which gave us a little bit of extra time after the wicket slowed down a bit," he added.

"We just had to make sure we got a fighting total.

"When we started I was thinking 310-315, but the way the ball was stopping I thought 260-270 was a decent total.

"It's always memorable to play against Pakistan and to be on the winning side five times [ in World Cups] against them is a memory I will always cherish."

* Press Association