ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Live Score: (AUS v NZ) Australia v New Zealand, Final in Melbourne

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Live Score: (AUS v NZ) Australia v New Zealand, Final in Melbourne

Australia crushed New Zealand by seven wickets in the World Cup 2015 final at the MCG to lift their fifth trophy.

Half-centuries by Michael Clarke and Steve Smith sealed an easy chase for the hosts. Earlier, James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, and Glenn Maxwell bundled out New Zealand for 183. Grant Elliott  top-scored for the Black Caps with 83.

Complete coverage: Live Scorecard | Live Commentary

Highlights

Australia chase 184 for fifth World Cup title

Watch: The batting powerplay that hurt Kiwis

Watch: Haddin’s incredible catch to dismiss Taylor

World Cup final in images

McCullum out for third ball duck in World Cup final

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A look at the previous World Cup finals

World Cup record

The Black Caps are in their maiden World Cup final while four time champions Australia have an enviable record.

1975 – finalist; 1979 – pool phase; 1983 – pool phase; 1987 – winners; 1992 – pool phase; 1996 – finalist; 1999 – winners; 2003 – winners; 2007 – winners; 2011 – quarter-finals

Head-to-head

Australia and New Zealand have played each other 126 times, with the Kangaroos winning on 85 occasions.

The Black Caps have triumphed in 35 and six games have ended in no result.

New Zealand’s Road to Final

Australia’s Road to Final

Cricket rivalry

Australia had little to do with New Zealand after thrashing them in their first test in 1946, not playing the longest form of the game again until 1973. Competitive one-day matches in the early-1980s reignited the rivalry, at least in New Zealand, as the side showed they could compete. The ‘underarm incident’ in 1981, Greg Dyer’s claiming of a non-catch in 1987 and Brad Haddin knocking the bails off in 2009 have infuriated New Zealand fans, who view the incidents as examples of Australia’s win-at-all-costs mentality.

How the teams are gearing up for the big finale

A look at the top performers:

Australia’s top-order has been delivering the goods with the bat, while Mitchell Starc’s sparkling form has allowed the hosts to make early inroads.

For New Zealand, Trent Boult – the leading wicket-taker of the tournament, has been stunning while Martin Guptill has emerged out of the shadows of Brendon McCullum.

Expert views

Anil Kumble: Can Kiwis pull it off today?

Oz have a good number of impact players: Srikkanth

Kiwis need something special to stop Aussies: Harbhajan Singh

What they are saying:

Winning Cup will be New Zealand’s finest moment in sport: Hadlee

Skill, not emotion, wins World Cups: Clarke

We give ourselves a 50-50 chance in the final: McCullum

Dhoni tips Vettori to be key factor for Kiwis

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