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