March 29, 2015
A crowd of 93,013 thronged the MCG for the final. They were treated to a bit of action even before the anthems got underway, with a pitch invader winding his way through the 14 participating teams' flags spread across the #MCGsobig outfield.
Will keep "The first successful chase of the final happened before the anthems" in my back pocket for an intro for later in the day.#AUSvNZ— Andrew Fernando (@andrewffernando) March 29, 2015
New Zealand had won the toss and decided to bat, and that, as per popular opinion, evened the odds in their favour.
Teams batting 1st at the MCG in this World Cup have scored 300+ in each of the 4 games, and won by 90+ runs. http://t.co/MZmHkVal7q— S Rajesh (@rajeshstats) March 29, 2015
Mitchell Starc did not quite agree, sending down the near-perfect opening over. As good as Starc was, Brendon McCullum was equally bad.
Starc raving #CWC15— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) March 29, 2015
Not one of Brendon's finest innings: three wafts, no contact and bowled by Starc. NZ 1-1— mike selvey (@selvecricket) March 29, 2015
It was time for some calm to be injected into the innings. There was a little too much calm though, with Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill scoring at around three to the over.
The time since our last run and the time it takes the ball to reach the boundary must be about the same. #MCGsobig— Grace (@missgracenz) March 29, 2015
The pair survived the stick - Australia's pacy trio of Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchells Starc and Johnson - but fell prey to the carrot dangled by Michael Clarke: the gentle offspin of Glenn Maxwell. And Guptill got quite the sendoff too, from Brad Haddin, the first of many verbal displays from Australia.
@ajarrodkimber I think he was bamboozled by how bad that delivery was.— Michael Wagener (@Mykuhl) March 29, 2015
Bet Guptill really appreciated Haddin's commentary on his dismissal...— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) March 29, 2015
Williamson went soon after.
Same old cricket story then?
Australia. Reminding kids that life is cruel and unforgiving since 1877.— Karthik Krishnaswamy (@the_kk) March 29, 2015
Not if Grant Elliott had his way. For the second time in two big games, the, umm, South Africa-born cricketer player held his nerve expertly.
If Elliott wins this World Cup maybe we could sneak in a cheeky little Joburg tickertape day?— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) March 29, 2015
He even conquered the biggest, baddest cricket ground of them all with a mis-hit (much like Guptill earlier in the day).
#MCGsobig top edges only carry into the 10th row.— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) March 29, 2015
But New Zealand were yet to face that lethal wicket-taker: the batting Powerplay. In the blink of an eye, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi were gone.
Coriander has been chopped. #CWC15— Gaurav Sabnis (@gauravsabnis) March 29, 2015
When growing up in Aus, maybe Ronchi dreamed of being cheered to the rafters at the MCG in a World Cup final. It's happened. He's out for 0.— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) March 29, 2015
Kiwis have lost 3-1 in this Power Play. Probably out of respect for Earth Hour— Peter Lalor (@plalor) March 29, 2015
Powerplay has made Kiwis utterly powerless...— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 29, 2015
New Zealand never recovered. A less-fancied team bowled out for 183 against one of the giants of world cricket. Some thought that was reason enough to be optimistic.
Just like India's captain in 1983, Brendon McCullum has no x, y or z in his name. Written in the stars, surely. #AusvNZ— Andrew Fernando (@andrewffernando) March 29, 2015
Hopes were raised a smidgeon courtesy who else but Trent Boult, who struck with his fourth ball.
Finch out after an unconvincing 0 off 5. Unconvincing even by the standards of innings of 0 off 5.— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) March 29, 2015
The New Zealanders kept hoping and 'praying'.
Everyone join me in prayer. Our Boult who art in heaven, Trent be thy name...— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) March 29, 2015
Deliver us from Steve Smith. For thine is the swing, the pace and the bouncer. Amen.— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) March 29, 2015
But Australia's immovable wall was as firm as ever, and the result was never in doubt.
Last 5 innings of Steven Smith: 56*, 105, 65, 72, 95. Five 50s, 3rd Australian after Ponting & M Waugh to score 50s in 5 consecutive inns.— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) March 29, 2015
Victory was sealed with 101 balls and seven wickets to spare. A fifth World Cup title ...
australia have now won world cups in asia, europe, africa, north america & australia only south america & antarctica remain! #CWC15Final— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) March 29, 2015
Adam Gilchrist said it best, when he said:
Australia, you #*+#*#+ beauty!!!— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) March 29, 2015
Social dugout: Joint champions, anyone?
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