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Final (D/N), Melbourne, March 29, 2015, ICC Cricket World Cup
(33.1/50 ov, T:184) 186/3

Australia won by 7 wickets (with 101 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
22 wkts
New Zealand Innings
Australia Innings
Match Flow
New Zealand  (50 ovs maximum)
b Maxwell1534481144.11
b Starc033000.00
c & b Johnson1233521036.36
c †Haddin b Faulkner40721042055.55
c †Haddin b Faulkner838213371101.21
b Faulkner023000.00
c Clarke b Starc046000.00
b Johnson921231042.85
run out (Maxwell)11112101100.00
c Starc b Johnson0714000.00
not out 013000.00
Extras(lb 7, w 6)13
TOTAL45 Ov (RR: 4.06, 204 Mins)183
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Brendon McCullum, 0.5 ov), 2-33 (Martin Guptill, 11.2 ov), 3-39 (Kane Williamson, 12.2 ov), 4-150 (Ross Taylor, 35.1 ov), 5-150 (Corey Anderson, 35.3 ov), 6-151 (Luke Ronchi, 36.2 ov), 7-167 (Daniel Vettori, 40.6 ov), 8-171 (Grant Elliott, 41.5 ov), 9-182 (Matt Henry, 44.5 ov), 10-183 (Tim Southee, 44.6 ov)
0.5 to BB McCullum, Timbahhhhhhh. Starc you beauty. What a ripper [in Bill Lawry voice]. What an occasion. What a start. He bowls 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 L Ronchi, 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
12.2 to KS Williamson, 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 DL Vettori, 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 MJ 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
11.2 to MJ Guptill, 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
35.1 to LRPL Taylor, 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 CJ Anderson, 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 GD Elliott, 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
Australia  (T: 184 runs from 50 ovs)
c Elliott b Henry4546517097.82
c & b Boult057000.00
not out 56711373078.87
b Henry747284101102.77
not out 25100040.00
Extras(lb 3, w 6)9
TOTAL33.1 Ov (RR: 5.60, 144 Mins)186/3
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Aaron Finch, 1.4 ov), 2-63 (David Warner, 12.2 ov), 3-175 (Michael Clarke, 31.1 ov)
1.4 to AJ Finch, 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
12.2 to DA 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 MJ Clarke, 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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  • 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
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossNew Zealand, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultAustralia won the 2014/15 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match numberODI no. 3646
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 days29 March 2015 - daynight (50-over match)
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