ICC Cricket World Cup, Final: Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne, Mar 29, 2015
Australia won by 7 wickets (with 101 balls remaining)
29 March 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)
  New Zealand innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal MJ Guptill b Maxwell 15 48 34 1 1 44.11
11.2 55.5 mph, what a bowling change. And how much has that miss on that half tracker played on Guptill's mind. Stays back to a ball slightly short than good length. He goes back to play for the offbreak and punch it. The ball turns, but not as much as he is expecting it to. Hits the top of off. Big Show on Big Stage. Also Haddin gets in Guptill's face with his applauding gloves to leave a sour note on what has been Australia's afternoon 33/2
View dismissal BB McCullum* b Starc 0 3 3 0 0 0.00
0.5 93.1 mph, Timbahhhhhhh. Starc you beauty. What a ripper [in Bill Lawry voice]. What an occasion. What a start. He blows it full, he swings it in, he lands it between the stumps and the popping crease. McCullum is tentative for once. The bat comes down late. Off stump is set back. Starc goes away on a celebratory run. MCG is on its feet. The game is not over obviously, but Starc... how is that for a start? 1/1
View dismissal KS Williamson c & b Johnson 12 52 33 1 0 36.36
12.2 90.2 mph, Johnson has looked like getting a wicket nearly every ball, and he has done so now. He has bowled excellently. His pace and aggression so far means any slight misbehaviour off the pitch is going to have a big impact. This is a length ball, around that middle and off channel. Previously balls have cut and fizzed away, this stops a touch. Only a touch, mind you. Williamson is early in defending, and lobs this back to Johnson. He is looking to work this to leg, but this has also angled away towards off, which means he has checked his shot a little 39/3
View dismissal LRPL Taylor c †Haddin b Faulkner 40 104 72 2 0 55.55
35.1 69.3 mph, slower ball first up, and they have appealed for a catch at the wicket. Dharmasena has gone to the third umpire with no soft signal this time. This is a slower legcutter, nearly a yorker, really really full. Taylor looks to drive, and the ball lobs to Haddin's right. The umpires check on both counts: bump ball and a clean catch. Replays show the ball has pitched just before hitting Taylor's bat, takes the outside edge, and the edge is soft, dying to Haddin's right. He flies to his right, takes a stunning one-handed catch. This is a huge wicket. Clutch players strike first ball in the Powerplay 150/4
View dismissal GD Elliott c †Haddin b Faulkner 83 133 82 7 1 101.21
41.5 68.5 mph, Faulkner has brought that one final big wicket. Slower ball does it again. It is so hard to pick because it comes out with the seam up. Elliot sees a length ball that he can hit over the leg side, but he is way too early into the shot. He gets the outside edge, and Faulkner's back-of-the-hand slower ball always bounces extra, which means it carries to Haddin for yet another catch. Australia all over New Zealand. A bit of a send-off again, but he gets a generous applause from the full house. raises his bat to them 171/8
View dismissal CJ Anderson b Faulkner 0 3 2 0 0 0.00
35.3 82.6 mph, James Faulkner. He is a big player. That's why Australia were desperate to get him fit. He is a clutch player. Both with bat and ball. He has been asked to come back in the Powerplay, and he has taken out two wickets in three balls. Slower ball to get Taylor out, followed by a normal pace length ball, and then a quick yorker. Anderson is slow on this. Beaten for pace. He has squeezed it past the bat. Rushes away towards point after hitting the off stump. On replay, this is not quite a yorker, but a really full ball that kisses the pad and hits off stump. He has done him in for pace. Slower ball was 112ks, this was 133ks 150/5
View dismissal L Ronchi c Clarke b Starc 0 6 4 0 0 0.00
36.2 89.9 mph, he won't be getting it for too long as he is gone now. Lovely captaincy and lovely catch by Clarke. He has first of all placed himself at slip, and then taken a catch that looks easy on TV but isn't. Ronchi has flashed at a wide length ball, the edge has flown towards slip, Haddin makes a move towards the catch before leaving it alone for Clarke. So Clarke has done really well to not take his eye off it, and catches it superbly head high 151/6
View dismissal DL Vettori b Johnson 9 23 21 1 0 42.85
40.6 90.6 mph, this is top-quality bowling from Australia. Johnson has come back to completely outdo Vettori. Full inswinging yorker at a high pace. Off the round arm it comes, dipping on him, tailing back in, Vettori is late on it, is beaten on the inside edge, is hit on the pad, and the deflection rattles the stumps 167/7
View dismissal TG Southee run out (Maxwell) 11 21 11 0 1 100.00
44.6 Johnson to Boult, this could be sensational. It is actually sensation regardless of the result actually. Short of a length, at the hip, defended to short leg, and Maxwell spots from the corner of his eye that Southee is a little lazy getting back into the crease at the non-striker's end. He lets rip a throw at the non-striker's end. Southee has barely a foot to go back, but Maxwell's throw has beaten him. Southee's bat has got stuck in the ground. Sensational run-out. Sums up Australia in the field today 183/10
View dismissal MJ Henry c Starc b Johnson 0 14 7 0 0 0.00
44.5 oh that is not the intention but they have got the wicket all the same. This is a yorker gone wrong. A low juicy full toss outside off with all the off-side fielders in the ring. Henry drives, but neither gets power behind it nor manages to keep it down. Easy catch for Starc at cover-point 182/9
TA Boult not out 0 3 1 0 0 0.00
Extras (lb 7, w 6) 13
  Total (all out; 45 overs; 204 mins) 183 (4.06 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets MA Starc 8 0 20 2 2.50 40 1 1 (1w)
0.5 to McCullum, 93.1 mph, Timbahhhhhhh. Starc you beauty. What a ripper [in Bill Lawry voice]. What an occasion. What a start. He blows it full, he swings it in, he lands it between the stumps and the popping crease. McCullum is tentative for once. The bat comes down late. Off stump is set back. Starc goes away on a celebratory run. MCG is on its feet. The game is not over obviously, but Starc... how is that for a start? 1/1
36.2 to Ronchi, 89.9 mph, he won't be getting it for too long as he is gone now. Lovely captaincy and lovely catch by Clarke. He has first of all placed himself at slip, and then taken a catch that looks easy on TV but isn't. Ronchi has flashed at a wide length ball, the edge has flown towards slip, Haddin makes a move towards the catch before leaving it alone for Clarke. So Clarke has done really well to not take his eye off it, and catches it superbly head high 151/6
  JR Hazlewood 8 2 30 0 3.75 33 2 1
View wickets MG Johnson 9 0 30 3 3.33 34 0 1 (2w)
12.2 to Williamson, 90.2 mph, Johnson has looked like getting a wicket nearly every ball, and he has done so now. He has bowled excellently. His pace and aggression so far means any slight misbehaviour off the pitch is going to have a big impact. This is a length ball, around that middle and off channel. Previously balls have cut and fizzed away, this stops a touch. Only a touch, mind you. Williamson is early in defending, and lobs this back to Johnson. He is looking to work this to leg, but this has also angled away towards off, which means he has checked his shot a little 39/3
40.6 to Vettori, 90.6 mph, this is top-quality bowling from Australia. Johnson has come back to completely outdo Vettori. Full inswinging yorker at a high pace. Off the round arm it comes, dipping on him, tailing back in, Vettori is late on it, is beaten on the inside edge, is hit on the pad, and the deflection rattles the stumps 167/7
44.5 to Henry, oh that is not the intention but they have got the wicket all the same. This is a yorker gone wrong. A low juicy full toss outside off with all the off-side fielders in the ring. Henry drives, but neither gets power behind it nor manages to keep it down. Easy catch for Starc at cover-point 182/9
View wicket GJ Maxwell 7 0 37 1 5.28 16 2 0 (1w)
11.2 to Guptill, 55.5 mph, what a bowling change. And how much has that miss on that half tracker played on Guptill's mind. Stays back to a ball slightly short than good length. He goes back to play for the offbreak and punch it. The ball turns, but not as much as he is expecting it to. Hits the top of off. Big Show on Big Stage. Also Haddin gets in Guptill's face with his applauding gloves to leave a sour note on what has been Australia's afternoon 33/2
View wickets JP Faulkner 9 1 36 3 4.00 36 5 0
35.1 to Taylor, 69.3 mph, slower ball first up, and they have appealed for a catch at the wicket. Dharmasena has gone to the third umpire with no soft signal this time. This is a slower legcutter, nearly a yorker, really really full. Taylor looks to drive, and the ball lobs to Haddin's right. The umpires check on both counts: bump ball and a clean catch. Replays show the ball has pitched just before hitting Taylor's bat, takes the outside edge, and the edge is soft, dying to Haddin's right. He flies to his right, takes a stunning one-handed catch. This is a huge wicket. Clutch players strike first ball in the Powerplay 150/4
35.3 to Anderson, 82.6 mph, James Faulkner. He is a big player. That's why Australia were desperate to get him fit. He is a clutch player. Both with bat and ball. He has been asked to come back in the Powerplay, and he has taken out two wickets in three balls. Slower ball to get Taylor out, followed by a normal pace length ball, and then a quick yorker. Anderson is slow on this. Beaten for pace. He has squeezed it past the bat. Rushes away towards point after hitting the off stump. On replay, this is not quite a yorker, but a really full ball that kisses the pad and hits off stump. He has done him in for pace. Slower ball was 112ks, this was 133ks 150/5
41.5 to Elliott, 68.5 mph, Faulkner has brought that one final big wicket. Slower ball does it again. It is so hard to pick because it comes out with the seam up. Elliot sees a length ball that he can hit over the leg side, but he is way too early into the shot. He gets the outside edge, and Faulkner's back-of-the-hand slower ball always bounces extra, which means it carries to Haddin for yet another catch. Australia all over New Zealand. A bit of a send-off again, but he gets a generous applause from the full house. raises his bat to them 171/8
  SR Watson 4 0 23 0 5.75 13 2 0 (2w)
  Australia innings (target: 184 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal DA Warner c Elliott b Henry 45 51 46 7 0 97.82
12.2 back of a length and pulled again, another top edge - this time there's a man under it! McCullum sent a man back to deep square and Warner took on the challenge, his fire is doused and New Zealand have their second wicket. The ball was banged in, couldn't control the pull and Grant Elliott took a good, low catch running in 63/2
View dismissal AJ Finch c & b Boult 0 7 5 0 0 0.00
1.4 85.0 mph, inswinger to Finch, played on to his front pad, it loops back to the bowler... got him! There's the first, New Zealand are amongst them! Finch waits for the umpire's raised finger but he knew what was occurring. Tried to tuck a fullish ball off his legs, bat turned in the hands and it ballooned up for a simple catch 2/1
SPD Smith not out 56 137 71 3 0 78.87
View dismissal MJ Clarke* b Henry 74 84 72 10 1 102.77
31.1 73.1 mph, bowled him, Clarke has chopped on! He wont get to hit the winning runs but he will get a huge ovation from the MCG as he walks off for the last time in ODIs. He was trying to run one to third man, got an inside edge down on to the woodwork... Was that him wiping away something from his eye as he crossed the boundary rope? 175/3
SR Watson not out 2 10 5 0 0 40.00
Extras (lb 3, w 6) 9
  Total (3 wickets; 33.1 overs; 144 mins) 186 (5.60 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
  TG Southee 8 0 65 0 8.12 20 9 0 (3w)
View wicket TA Boult 10 0 40 1 4.00 40 5 0
1.4 to Finch, 85.0 mph, inswinger to Finch, played on to his front pad, it loops back to the bowler... got him! There's the first, New Zealand are amongst them! Finch waits for the umpire's raised finger but he knew what was occurring. Tried to tuck a fullish ball off his legs, bat turned in the hands and it ballooned up for a simple catch 2/1
  DL Vettori 5 0 25 0 5.00 14 0 1
View wickets MJ Henry 9.1 0 46 2 5.01 35 6 0 (2w)
12.2 to Warner, back of a length and pulled again, another top edge - this time there's a man under it! McCullum sent a man back to deep square and Warner took on the challenge, his fire is doused and New Zealand have their second wicket. The ball was banged in, couldn't control the pull and Grant Elliott took a good, low catch running in 63/2
31.1 to Clarke, 73.1 mph, bowled him, Clarke has chopped on! He wont get to hit the winning runs but he will get a huge ovation from the MCG as he walks off for the last time in ODIs. He was trying to run one to third man, got an inside edge down on to the woodwork... Was that him wiping away something from his eye as he crossed the boundary rope? 175/3
  CJ Anderson 1 0 7 0 7.00 3 0 0 (1w)

Match details


Toss - New Zealand
Series - Australia won the 2014/15 ICC Cricket World Cup
Player of the match - JP Faulkner (Australia)
Player of the series - MA Starc (Australia)
Umpires - HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and RA Kettleborough (England)
TV umpire - M Erasmus (South Africa)
Match referee - RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire - IJ Gould (England)

Match Notes


    • New Zealand innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 31 runs, 1 wicket)
    • New Zealand: 50 runs in 15.3 overs (93 balls), Extras 6
    • Drinks: New Zealand - 51/3 in 16.0 overs (LRPL Taylor 13, GD Elliott 5)
    • Over 19.6: Review by New Zealand (Batting), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - GD Elliott (Upheld)
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 69 balls (LRPL Taylor 14, GD Elliott 35, Ex 1)
    • New Zealand: 100 runs in 26.2 overs (158 balls), Extras 7
    • GD Elliott: 50 off 51 balls (3 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Drinks: New Zealand - 134/3 in 33.0 overs (LRPL Taylor 35, GD Elliott 62)
    • 4th Wicket: 100 runs in 126 balls (LRPL Taylor 29, GD Elliott 67, Ex 4)
    • New Zealand: 150 runs in 34.5 overs (209 balls), Extras 11
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 35.1 - 40.0 (Batting side - 15 runs, 3 wickets)
    • Over 39.1: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - GD Elliott (Struck down)
    • Innings Break: New Zealand - 183/10 in 45.0 overs (TA Boult 0)
    • Australia innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 56 runs, 1 wicket)
    • Australia: 50 runs in 9.2 overs (56 balls), Extras 4
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 47 balls (DA Warner 35, SPD Smith 13, Ex 4)
    • Drinks: Australia - 74/2 in 16.0 overs (SPD Smith 19, MJ Clarke 4)
    • Australia: 100 runs in 20.5 overs (125 balls), Extras 7
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 64 balls (SPD Smith 16, MJ Clarke 30, Ex 4)
    • MJ Clarke: 50 off 56 balls (5 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Australia: 150 runs in 28.6 overs (174 balls), Extras 8
    • Attendance: 93,013
    • 3rd Wicket: 100 runs in 108 balls (SPD Smith 33, MJ Clarke 65, Ex 4)
    • SPD Smith: 50 off 66 balls (2 x 4)
    • Attendance: 93,013
 
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