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Australia’s 5th World Cup title, a tribute to Phil Hughes: Clarke gets the best send-off

Australia’s 5th World Cup title, a tribute to Phil Hughes: Clarke gets the best send-off

Australia’s 5th World Cup title, a tribute to Phil Hughes: Clarke gets the best send-off that any captain of a cricket team can even dream off

New Zealand innings (50 overs maximum)
MJ Guptill b Maxwell 15
BB McCullum* b Starc 0 3
KS Williamson c & b Johnson 12
LRPL Taylor c †Haddin b Faulkner 40
GD Elliott c †Haddin b Faulkner 83
CJ Anderson b Faulkner 0
L Ronchi† c Clarke b Starc 0
DL Vettori b Johnson 9
TG Southee run out (Maxwell) 11
MJ Henry c Starc b Johnson 0
TA Boult not out 0
Extras (lb 7, w 6) 13

Total (all out; 45 overs; 204 mins) 183 (4.06 runs per over)
Australia innings (target: 184 runs from 50 overs)
DA Warner c Elliott b Henry 45
AJ Finch c & b Boult 0
SPD Smith not out 56
MJ Clarke* b Henry 74
SR Watson not out 2
Extras (lb 3, w 6) 9
Total (3 wickets; 33.1 overs; 144 mins) 186

Australia innings (target: 184 runs from 50 overs) R B 4s 6s SR

DA Warner c Elliott b Henry 45
AJ Finch c & b Boult 0
SPD Smith not out 35 52
MJ Clarke* not out 50
Extras (lb 3, w 5) 8
Total (2 wickets; 26.3 overs) 138 (5.20 runs per over)
To batSR Watson, GJ Maxwell, JP Faulkner, BJ Haddin†, MG Johnson, MA Starc, JR Hazlewood


New Zealand 183 (45.0 ov)

MJ Guptill b Maxwell 15
BB McCullum* b Starc 0 3
KS Williamson c & b Johnson 12
LRPL Taylor c †Haddin b Faulkner 40
GD Elliott c †Haddin b Faulkner 83
CJ Anderson b Faulkner 0
L Ronchi† c Clarke b Starc 0
DL Vettori b Johnson 9
TG Southee run out (Maxwell) 11
MJ Henry c Starc b Johnson 0
TA Boult not out 0
Extras (lb 7, w 6) 13
Total (all out; 45 overs; 204 mins) 183 (4.06 runs per over)

Will Elliot take New Zealand away from the dangerous situation they are finding themselves in right now? The New Zealand team that has been looking impregnable all these days, seems to be on a very shaky ground against their massive neighbors.

From the very beginning, the New Zealand team has failed to score today after winning the toss and deciding to bat first. Many thought that it is going to be a high scoring match. But thus even a 200 run total is also looking a far off possibility. Australian team seems to have peaked at the right time. They were earlier beaten by the cohosts in the tournament and now they are on top in a match that matters most.

Their wickets are falling faster than the pack of cards. Now eight batsmen have been sent back to pavilliion and Australia vs New Zealand scorecard is reading just 177 runs at the end of the 42 overs. Faulkner, Starc and Johnson have destroyed the New Zealand batting line like never before.

icc-cricket-world-cup-2015 teams-predictionsThere is no denying the fact that till now the two sides have caught the imagination of the world. Two countries with barely 30 million population among them are playing final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Nations with huge populations of 1.25 billion, 200 million and 180 million have been thrown out of the tournament. While two of them were thrown out in the quarter final stage, India with the largest population was lucky to play in the semis. But Australians threw them out without showing least respect. Now the two hosts who were hosting the tournament are playing the final. But no one will be complaining that the two didn’t deserve to be in the finals. They played like champions from the very beginning and overwhelmed the best of the best.

It is needless to say that the New Zealand in particular, with just over 4 million population, were so impeccable and so much lethal that no one defeat them. They won all their matches with great ease and became a standard bearer in the tournament. Earlier today New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and decided to bat, and predictably so, first in the 2015 World Cup final. This is the first time they have reached the final. McCullum thought that the Melbourne surface was expected to be dry but full of runs. Some bounce and pace was expected from the pitch, but with clear skies overhead, swing and seam was not likely to play a major role.

There is no change in either side. Both the teams are playing with the same teams they played in semifinals. None has made changes to the XIs that won their semi-finals. New Zealand retained seamer Matt Henry although he has only played one match this tournament, after being called up to the squad ahead of the semi-final. It meant Kyle Mills and Mitchell McClenaghan remain on the sidelines.

Australia: 1 Aaron Finch, 2 David Warner, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Shane Watson, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Mitchell Starc, 11 Josh Hazlewood

New Zealand: 1 Brendon McCullum (capt), 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Grant Elliott, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Luke Ronchi (wk), 8 Daniel Vettori, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Matt Henry

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