Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
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    11.2 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
    0.5 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
    12.2 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
    35.1 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
    41.5 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
    35.3 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
    36.2 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
    40.6 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
    44.6 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
    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
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    13 (lb 7, w 6)
    TOTAL
    183 all out (45 Overs, RR: 4.06)
    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (BB McCullum, 0.5 ov), 2-33 (MJ Guptill, 11.2 ov), 3-39 (KS Williamson, 12.2 ov), 4-150 (LRPL Taylor, 35.1 ov), 5-150 (CJ Anderson, 35.3 ov), 6-151 (L Ronchi, 36.2 ov), 7-167 (DL Vettori, 40.6 ov), 8-171 (GD Elliott, 41.5 ov), 9-182 (MJ Henry, 44.5 ov), 10-183 (TG Southee, 44.6 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    MA Starc802022.50401110
    JR Hazlewood823003.75332100
    MG Johnson903033.33340120
    GJ Maxwell703715.28162010
    JP Faulkner913634.00365000
    SR Watson402305.75132020
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    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
    1.4 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
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    31.1 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
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    Extras
    9 (lb 3, w 6)
    TOTAL
    186/3 (33.1 Overs, RR: 5.60)
    Fall of wickets: 1-2 (AJ Finch, 1.4 ov), 2-63 (DA Warner, 12.2 ov), 3-175 (MJ Clarke, 31.1 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    TG Southee806508.12209030
    TA Boult1004014.00405000
    DL Vettori502505.00140100
    MJ Henry9.104625.01356020
    CJ Anderson10707.0030010

Match Details

Series

Toss

New Zealand , elected to bat first

Series result

Australia won the 2014/15 ICC Cricket World Cup

Player of the match

Player of the series

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15

Match days

29 March 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

A nice round number

5

Number of World Cups won by Australia, by far the most for any team. No other team has won more than two.

Final Blip

1

NZ's opening partnership in the Final, their lowest this World Cup. NZ's opening pair averaged 56.5 in the World Cup prior to the Final.