Another World Cup win for the Australians
March 29, 2015 7:48 PM
The highs and lows of 44 days of great 50 over contests came to an end with emotional retiring Micahel Clarke lifting the unprecedented 5th ODI world title for Australia in Melbourne.
Playing in front of a 93,000 jubilant crowd the Aussies stunned the Kiwis playing their maiden World Cup final by 7 wickets.
It took 49 matches for the world to see a New Zealand defeat and for the disappointment of the black caps it came in the grand finale.
Brendon McCullum who led the islanders admirably with aggression and positive intent through the tournament departed to his own strength.
Winning the toss without hesitation he opted to bat, however he lasted just 3 deliveries being castled by the tournaments highest wicket taker Mitchell Starc going for an expansive shot.
Wickets kept falling in regular intervals meaning the Kiwis had no momentum playing in Australian soil for the first time.
Martin Guptill departed after scoring 15 runs and becoming the highest runs scorer of the World Cup surpassing Kumar Sangakkara’s 541.
Ross Taylor and semi-final hero Grant Elliott steadied the ship and slowly began to rebuild, and the pair shared a 111-run fourth-wicket partnership and looked to have brought New Zealand back into the match only for the batting powerplay to spark a dramatic collapse.
However Starc, Mitchell Johnson and man of the match James Faulkner had different ideas wanting to emulate the great 90’s Aussie teams.
Eventually the Black caps were bundled out for 183 in 45 innings knowing only a miracle would crown them the ODI champs.
In response Trent Boult sent opener Aaron Finch packing in the 2nd over of the innings.
However David Warner and Steve Smith’s 61 run partnership eased the home team to the comfort zone.
Departing Captain Clarke and Smith shared a 112-run third-wicket partnership as Australia cruised to victory within 34 overs.
It was a disappointing end for New Zealand who had been brilliant with the bat and ball and in the field throughout the World Cup.
But the day and night belonged to the Australians who once again were crowned as the best one-day team in the world.
The Aussie skipper ended a roller-coaster ride saying he is over the moon! He also dedicated the win to former team mate Phillip Hughes.
Tears welled in the eyes as the Aussie skipper took a victory lap, a perfect farewell match for him.