Australia are in their seventh World Cup final, while New Zealand are in their first © Getty Images
Australia registered their fifth World Cup win © Getty Images

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(Australia (AUS) and New Zealand (NZ) clash in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at Melbourne. Catch Live Cricket Scores and updates here)

Michael Clarke: I am over the moon, what a tournament. New Zealand and Brendon deserve a lot of credit. They have been tough opponents and it was not easy today. Thanks to every Australian and every cricket supporter. Thanks to the amazing team and the support staff. they deserve to hold this trophy. I said after the semi that we were ready. We needed rest else we were ready for tonight. It has been an honour and privilege to represent and play for Australia. I want to give my No. 23 jersey to Warne. The black band on my arm has P. H. written on it. We played this World Cup with 16 players and tonight’s win is for him. To win World Cup in front of the family and friends is special.

Player of the Tournament is Mitchell Starc, receives his award from Sachin Tendulkar. “Outstanding performances. We came hard today. New Zealand had set the benchmark. I worked really hard in the background. Brendon McCullum has been fantastic in this tournament. The public and the fans have been outstanding. I would like to take this form into the other games and formats.”

Man of the Match James Faulkner, receives his award from Sachin Tendulkar.

Brendon McCullum: It has been one hell of a ride for us. We played outstanding cricket and we ran into an outstanding cricket team today under Michael Clarke. They thoroughly deserved to win. They put us under a lot of pressure. Credits to Australia. We have forged memories and friendships which will last forever. No regrets. Certainly greatest time of our lives.

While we wait for the presentations to begin, read Nishad Pai Vaidya’s match report of the Australia vs New Zealand ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final.

Martin Crowe wanted New Zealand to win against their ‘big brother’, but that is not how it was meant to be. CricketCountry extends support for the man who had helped revolutionise One-Day Cricket to give it the form in which it is played today.

Many would argue that this Australian side is not the same when compared to the dominant ones in the past. But the reality is that they produced one-sided games in all three knockout matches to stamp their authority in this World Cup. Truly, deserving champions.

New Zealand should not feel any less. Brendon McCullum and Mike Hesson have done a hell of a job with their side, pulling them out from trenches and turning them into one of the most feared teams in the world. They truly deserved to win the World Cup, but you all know, one bad day in office and all goes away from hands.

Battered, bruised but not broken. These were the words Mark Nicholas used for Michael Clarke sometime in early 2014. Not many backed Clarke, who had to go through a tops-turvy ride, battle out so many issues and lead this Australian team to win. Clarke does not look the same that he was just a few years back, he seems broken physically but he has proven once again that he is a man of steel.

What a dominant performance from Australia in the final! New Zealand were on a roll till now, blowing away anything and everything that was coming their way but Australia proved to be too strong for them. Mitchell Starc set the tone for Australia with the early wicket of Brendon McCullum and New Zealand failed to rise up and reply to the challenge!


LIVE SCORE Australia 186/3 in 33.1 OversAUSTRALIA ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS AGAIN!!! Smith pulls for a boundary off Henry to seal the game and the tournament for Australia! They have outplayed New Zealand in all departments and have roared to their fifth World Cup win!  BATTING:  Steven Smith 56 (71), Shane Watson 2 (5)


LIVE SCORE Australia 182/3 in 33 Overs: Southee to bowl. Watson defends the first two balls. Third ball is hit for a single towards mid on. Australians waiting near boundary ropes. Fifth ball is a yorker. Smith defends. Single off the final ball.   BATTING:  Steven Smith 52 (70), Shane Watson 2 (5)


LIVE SCORE Australia 180/3 in 32 Overs: Shane Watson blocks the first ball that he faces.. The second ball is pulled for a single. Steven Smith pumps in the air. Half-century in the final of World Cup. It’s a record fifth in a row. Past (Michael Clarke) walks away and future (Steven Smith) takes charge. Four runs needed. BATTING:  Steven Smith 51 (66), Shane Watson 1 (3)


LIVE SCORE Australia 175/3 in 31.1 Overs: Henry starts off with a wide. Will the game end in this over? Clarke chops one onto the wickets. Clarke is walking off. Everyone giving standing ovation.  New Zealand team is clapping for the Australian captain. Emotional Clarke walks away with tears in his eyes. For the last time. Ever.  BATTING:  Steven Smith 47 (64), 

OUT! Michael Clarke b Matt Henry 74 (72)


LIVE SCORE Australia 174/2 in 31 Overs: Clarke smashes one in the air towards midwicket for four. The next ball is hit on the off side for another. Australia are cruising. In front of 93,000 and more people at the MCG. Southee is bowling terribly, the third ball is wide and Clarke slashes past point to get another four. Third in a row. And one more! Same region as Clarke jumps and hits in the air! Fifth ball is hit towards fine leg for a single. 100 run partnership up between Clarke and Smith.   BATTING:  Steven Smith 47 (64), Michael Clarke 74 (71)


LIVE SCORE Australia 157/2 in 30 Overs: Australia are getting away with another commanding win in World Cup finals here.  Clarke hit towards the covers for a four off Boult. 27 more runs needed. Six runs added from the over.  BATTING:  Steven Smith 47 (63), Michael Clarke 57 (66)


LIVE SCORE Australia 151/2 in 29 Overs: Southee comes back. Two runs taken on the first ball and then Smith slashes hard to get a boundary. Australia are cruising towards a win,  Clarke clears infield on the final ball to raise team’s 150. Australia need 33 runs to win. BATTING:  Steven Smith 46 (60), Michael Clarke 52 (63)


LIVE SCORE Australia 140/2 in 28 Overs: Boult comes on for his second last over and Australia are not looking to score runs off him.  Only one run scored in the over, Australia need 44 more to win. BATTING:  Steven Smith 37 (55), Michael Clarke 50 (62)


LIVE SCORE Australia 139/2 in 27 Overs: Wow! Michael Clarke brings up his half-century — his 58th and the last in his ODI  career. Smith has a nervous moment as a direct hit to mid off falls short to the fielder. Australia need 45 more to win.  BATTING:  Steven Smith 36 (53), Michael Clarke 50 (58)


LIVE SCORE Australia 134/2 in 26 Overs: Boult has been introduced back into the attack and after seeing off the first five balls, Clarke hits the ace pacer down the ground for four. Just 50 more runs needed for Australia to win.  BATTING:  Steven Smith 34 (51), Michael Clarke 47 (54)


LIVE SCORE Australia 130/2 in 25 Overs: Clarke looking aggressive here. Vettori is hit over the head, dancing down the track. Australia on a roll. New Zealand being turned into mere spectators. 11 runs added from the over. Australia need 54 more runs to win BATTING:  Steven Smith 34 (51), Michael Clarke 43 (48)


LIVE SCORE Australia 119/2 in 24 Overs: Corey Anderson is into the attack and he starts off with a wide way above the batsman’s head. Clarke is starting to find his feet, slices one beautifully between the cover fielders for a couple. Australia going on comfortably at the moment. Australia need 65 more runs to win. BATTING:  Steven Smith 33 (50), Michael Clarke 33 (43)


LIVE SCORE Australia 112/2 in 23 Overs: Excellent effort by McCullum who chases one right to the boundary and pulls the ball in just in time, as Clarke had pierced the field well on the off side. Clarke rubs it in,  hits one very well for a four on the final ball over mid on. Australia need 72 more runs to win. BATTING:  Steven Smith 30 (45), Michael Clarke 30 (42)


LIVE SCORE Australia 103/2 in 22 Overs:  Clarke hits one down the ground in air only for a single. These two are sucking out the fun out from the game with their singles and doubles. No effort to hit big strokes. Just rolling it on the floor. Australia need 81 more runs to win. BATTING:  Steven Smith 28 (43), Michael Clarke 23 (38)


LIVE SCORE Australia 100/2 in 21 Overs: Good to see the wide grin on Henry’s face in this situation. After two dot balls Clarke takes a single on the third. Smith runs one down to the fine leg to bring up the team’s 100 runs. Clarke awkwardly pulls one but does not get any run. Two runs from the over. Australia need 84 more runs to win. BATTING:  Steven Smith 26 (40), Michael Clarke 22 (35)


LIVE SCORE Australia 98/2 in 20 Overs: Vettori comes back into the attack. New Zealand look clueless. First two balls get two runs to Australia, the next three are dots. Single off the final ball again. Australia need 86 more runs to win. BATTING:  Steven Smith 25 (38), Michael Clarke 21 (31)


LIVE SCORE Australia 95/2 in 19 Overs: Smith pushes one through covers for three runs and Clarke hits over the slip cordon for four on the fourth ball, as Australia look to get some runs here. The second last ball has width, Clarke slashes hard past point to hit the second four in the over. Single off the final ball. Australia need 89 more runs to win.  BATTING:  Steven Smith 24 (37), Michael Clarke 19 (26)


LIVE SCORE Australia 83/2 in 18 Overs: Clarke gets his first four as he slashes over the slip cordon, and no third man in place gets him runs. Australia may be trying to slow down things here at the MCG. Australia need 105 more runs to win. BATTING:  Steven Smith 21 (36), Michael Clarke 10 (21)


LIVE SCORE Australia 78/2 in 17 Overs: Smith and Clarke are nicely nudging the ball around the park, the boundaries are not on their mind. New Zealand trying to bounce out Clarke, who is ducking on all of them. Clarke is looking at complete ease. Australia need 110 more runs to win. BATTING:  Steven Smith 20 (34), Michael Clarke 4 (17)


LIVE SCORE Australia 74/2 in 16 Overs: Australia have played a couple of quiet overs, no point building unnecessary pressure there.  Clarke gets width on one and he hits straight on the mid off. Southee is wayward, bowls two wides on a trot. First is way outside off and second is wide for height. Clarke defends third towards mid on and takes a single. Smith guides the final ball towards third man. Five runs scored. Australia need 110 more runs to win. BATTING:  Steven Smith 19 (33), Michael Clarke 4 (12)


LIVE SCORE Australia 69/2 in 15 Overs: How lucky is Steven Smith! He loosely defend one off Henry, the ball sneaks in between the pads and drops, rolls on the ground towards the wickets, hits them but the bails do not come off. Everyone is smiling. One run from the over. Australia need 115 more runs to win. BATTING:  Steven Smith 17 (29), Michael Clarke 3 (9)


LIVE SCORE Australia 68/2 in 14 Overs: Boult continues for his seventh over. Apart from the early strike he has not made a huge difference and it will be interesting to see how many over he gets here. Boult has Clarke all at sea on the fourth ball, getting a leading edge and the ball flies safely between the fielders on the off side. Five runs from the over. Australia need 116 more runs to win. BATTING:  Steven Smith 16 (26), Michael Clarke 3 (7)


LIVE SCORE Australia 63/2 in 13 Overs:  Michael Clarke has played without an arm guard for the most part in his career, but today, for his final ODI innings, he has walked out to bat wearing one. And I do not need yo tell you that there was a huge applause at the ‘G’ for the skipper. Will he stay till end end and hit the winning runs?  BATTING:  Steven Smith 14 (23), Michael Clarke 0 (4)


LIVE SCORE Australia 63/2 in 12.2 Overs: Warner pulls for a four but is cramped on the second ball as he tries to pull again, and Grant Elliott takes a good catch to dismiss the Australian opener. Australia need 121 more runs to win with eight wickets in hand . BATTING:  Steven Smith 14 (23)

OUT! David Warner c Grant Elliott b Matt Henry 45 (46)


LIVE SCORE Australia 59/1 in 12 Overs: Lucky for Warner as an inside edge off Boult did not hit the wickets. NZ fans have gone quiet now. There is a loud appeal on the fourth ball or leg before but the ball was hitting the top of the leg stump, and the umpire said no. No talk for any DRS review. Warner is able to take a single only on the fifth ball. Australia need 125 more to win. BATTING: David Warner 41 (44), Steven Smith 14 (23)


LIVE SCORE Australia 58/1 in 11 Overs: Only two runs from the over from Matt Henry as Warner and Smith have done very well to shed the pressure on their side. Lack of wickets will be putting New Zealand in pressure every ball. Australia need 126 more to win.  BATTING: David Warner 40 (39), Steven Smith 14 (22)


LIVE SCORE Australia 56/1 in 10 Overs: Trent Boult continues. DOT off the first delivery. ONE! Steven Smith plays it down to third man.  50 up! FOUR! Full delivery outside off, Warner drives it through mid off. DOT! Warner is wrapped on the pads. TWO! Warner cuts a short ball over point’s head. Australia need 128 more to win.  BATTING: David Warner 39 (36), Steven Smith 13 (19)


LIVE SCORE Australia 49/1 in 9 Overs: Matt Henry comes on to bowl. The first ball is short and Warner pulls for four past the third man. The next two balls are hit straight to fielders on the off side. Fourth ball defended. So are the next two. Australia need 135 to win. BATTING: David Warner 33 (32), Steven Smith 12 (17)


LIVE SCORE Australia 45/1 in 8 Overs: Smith hits the second ball from Boult through covers to take two runs, and the third is nurdled towards the off side for a single. Four runs scored from the over. Australia need 139 to win. BATTING: David Warner 29 (26), Steven Smith 12 (17)


LIVE SCORE Australia 41/1 in 7 Overs: Daniel Vettori comes on to bowl, replacing Tim Southee.  The third ball is wide and Smith hits between point and gully to collect three runs. Warner tries to work two balls on the deep fine leg but the fielder is in the ring. Fine recovery after the early wicketBATTING: David Warner 28 (24), Steven Smith 9 (13)


LIVE SCORE Australia 38/1 in 6 Overs: The only way New Zealand can bounce back in the match is by taking wickets and that too many. Australia bat deeper than them. Boult is trying to bowl on the wickets and Smith blocks the first three deliveries. Fourth is a little wide but he batsman gently plays it to the off side for no run. The fifth ball is short, and Smith is quick to hit on the square leg to get his first boundary. Single on the final ball. Australia need 146 more to win.   BATTING: David Warner 28 (21), Steven Smith 6 (10)


LIVE SCORE Australia 33/1 in 5 Overs: Southee is punished for being wayward. The first ball is cracked through covers for four and the second one is short, and Warner hits in the air, well past mid on for second four in a row. The third ball is good, gets an outside edge but away from Ross Taylor in the first slip for third four in a row. Single on the fourth ball. McCullum not operating with the huge slip cordon that he has been using all this while. Smith works the final ball on the leg side to get off the mark.  BATTING: David Warner 28 (21), Steven Smith 1 (4)


LIVE SCORE Australia 18/1 in 4 Overs: Boult charges in. Warner pushes the first ball on leg side to take two runs. The second ball is mishit, straight to the man at mid on. Nishad Pai Vaidya is telling chants of ‘Kiwi … Kiwi’ ring around at the MCG. The third ball is loose, and Warner smashes through covers for a four. The fourth ball is on the pads. Dot. The fifth ball is fired up right in the block. Warner gets the full face of the bat to defend it. The final ball is again sprayed on pads. Australia take the easy runs. Nine runs from the over.  BATTING: David Warner 15 (17), Steven Smith 0 (2)


LIVE SCORE Australia 9/1 in 3 Overs: Southee continues. Important for David Warner to remain calm here. The first ball is hit to short midwicket and the second is hit on the leg side for two runs. The third ball is a yorker but on the pads and Warner takes another two runs. The fourth ball is pushed down the ground as Warner takes two more runs. Width on the second last ball but Warner is not able to capitalise. Lot of noise at the MCG. Single taken on the last ball. Seven runs from the over.  BATTING: David Warner 9 (11), Steven Smith 0 (2)


LIVE SCORE Australia 2/1 in 2 Overs: Steven Smith defends the first delivery from Boult and hits the second one well towards mid on. Game on! Australia must not be nervous. New Zealand will fight hard with the ball.  BATTING: David Warner 2 (5), Steven Smith 0 (2)


LIVE SCORE Australia 2/1 in 1.4 Overs: Trent Boult is into the attack and David Warner is beaten on the first two balls trying to swing his bat hard at them. Not needed, I say. The third ball is fired up on the boots and Warner does well to get his bat on time, and take a single.  WICKET! Finch tries to play one on the leg side and gets an inside edge, the ball hits the pads and Boult takes an easy catch! New Zealand strike early!!! BATTING: David Warner 1 (2),

OUT! Aaron Finch c&b Trent Boult 0 (5)


LIVE SCORE Australia 1/0 in 1 Over: After defending the first ball on frontfoot, David Warner hits towards the third man to collect a single off Tim Southee. Aaron Finch leaves the third delivery and then defends the fourth one on frontfoot. The fifth delivery is probing one outside off, and Finch is beaten while he tried to put the bat on it. Nerves? Last ball is also the same, but this time the bat was far away.  BATTING: David Warner 1 (2), Aaron Finch 0 (4)


Lot of time left in the second innings to start. Australia have done the job with the ball and now it’s up to their batsmen to make a positive start to this modest chase. The Kiwis are out there in the field. Aussie openers David Warner and Aaron Finch will be out in sometime.

 

By now you would have recalled that way back in 1983, India defended exactly what New Zealand have scored today. They are expected to come out fighting and bowl their heart out. Stay tuned!

The one common factor between Australia’s bowling against India and New Zealand in these two matches has been the fact that they have never allowed the opposition to get away, get a good start, or get any kind of threatening partnership building. It’s been Australia’s day so far with only Grant Elliott showing some fight. New Zealand were challenged with an early wicket, Brendon McCullum. There were two options left — fight back or keep slipping. New Zealand did the second.

Here is Nishad Pai Vaidya’s innings report between Australia and New Zealand.


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 183/10 in 45 Overs:  All over for the Kiwis? Tim Southee is run out on the final ball of the over and Australia are rejoicing, having bowled out their opponents. What a fine throw from Glenn Maxwell who was standing at a position which can be said short leg, he collected the ball and threw directly on the non-strikers’ end. Southee did not expect Maxwell to be so sharp and accurate! He was found strolling outside the crease, never in a position to make it back in time. New Zealand waste five overs!  NOT OUT: Trent Boult 0 (1)

OUT! Tim Southee run out 11 (11)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 182/9 in 44.5 Overs: Astute Clarke and his man Johnson get the ninth wicket. Just for Matt Henry and on the second last ball, they get man on the ring at covers from deep and move mid on to long. There is a full toss outside off, Henry swings and Starc takes a simple catch!  BATTING: Tim Southee 10 (8),

OUT! Matt Henry c Mitchell Starc b Mitchell Johnson 0 (7)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 181/8 in 44 Overs: Tim Southee hits over the fielders in the ring on the off side to take three runs on the fifth ball off Faulkner, after four dots. New Zealand take three more runs in their total.  BATTING: Tim Southee 10 (8), Matt Henry 0 (5)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 178/8 in 43 Overs: What a shot! Tim Southee sends one flying over the long on as he clears his leg to smash a six off Mitchell Johnson’s first ball. He takes a single on the third ball after which there are a couple of swings, misses and direct hits to fielders from Matt Henry.  BATTING: Tim Southee 7 (3), Matt Henry 0 (4)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 171/8 in 42 Overs: Matt Henry comes on to bat and the first ball is hit towards mid off. BATTING: Tim Southee 0 (0), Matt Henry 0 (1)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 171/8 in 41.5 Overs: OUT! Faulkner has got the key wicket of Grant Elliott! The first ball of the over was pulled for four on the midwicket but after four dot balls, Elliott plays an awkward stroke and is caught behind the wickets. Ends a fine innings! BATTING:Tim Southee 0 (0)

OUT! Grant Elliott c Brad Haddin b James Faulkner 83 (82)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 167/7 in 41 Overs: Johnson comes on to bowl as New Zealand are struggling to get themselves back on the track. Even Elliott has been quiet in the last few overs, he plays one in the air which drops short of the fielder at point. And another one has fallen! Johnson cleans up Vettori! Superb yorker as Vettori gets hits foot outside the line of the ball, which rams into the wickets. BATTING: Grant Elliott 79 (77),

OUT! Daniel Vettori b Mitchell Johnson 9 (21)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 164/6 in 40 Overs: Australia take DRS review against Elliott who is back on strike after a long time. Faulkner bowled from around the wicket and hit the batsman high on the back leg, and the replays show the ball was clipping the legs. Umpire had not given out, hence the decision went in the favour of the batsman. NZ add five runs. BATTING: Grant Elliott 78 (74), Daniel Vettori 8 (18)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 159/6 in 39 Overs: Vettori takes two runs on the leg side as these are the only runs scored in Mitchell Starc’s over. The left-arm pacer peppers the New Zealand batsman with a couple of short balls and full tosses, but Vettori does not err by going for his shots. BATTING: Grant Elliott 72 (69), Daniel Vettori 7 (15)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 157/6 in 38 Overs: Vettori announces arrival at the crease with a glorious straight drive for a boundary off Faulkner. The final ball is hit well in deep square leg area, as New Zealand add crucial six runs to their total. BATTING: Grant Elliott 72 (69), Daniel Vettori 6 (9)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 151/6 in 37 Overs: Australia seem to be all over New Zealand as one opening has got them a couple of wickets. The entire onus to score runs is on Elliott and Daniel Vettori now. The senior cricketer starts off with three dot balls.. BATTING: Grant Elliott 72 (69), Daniel Vettori 0 (3)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 151/6 in 36.2 Overs: Luke Ronchi has fallen! The right-hander goes for a fourth-ball duck as an outside edge off Mitchell Starc is grabbed by Michael Clarke. BATTING: Grant Elliott 72 (69),

OUT! Luke Ronchi c Michael Clarke b Mitchell Starc 0 (4)

RONCHI WAS BOOED AT THE MCG: READ REPORT HERE


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 150/5 in 36 Overs: Luke Ronchi has come out to bat and Australians would certainly be fired up to get the better of their former teammate. He starts off with three dot balls. Excellent over as maiden over and two wickets for Australia. BATTING: Grant Elliott 72 (69), Luke Ronchi 0 (3)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 150/5 in 35.3 Overs: OUT! There goes another! Two-ball duck for Corey Anderson whose off-stump has been knocked down by Faulker! Australia right back on top with these two quick wickets. Brilliant bowling, as the ball was full, on the pads, and Anderson swung but missed. The ball deflected from pads and went into the off stump. BATTING: Grant Elliott 72 (69)

OUT! Corey Anderson b James Faulkner 0 (2)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 150/4 in 35.1 Overs: OUT! What a catch! Brad Haddin has taken a superb catch behind the wickets to get rid of Ross Taylor! The ball was way outside off, Taylor chased it. Haddin took the ball on his left, diving. The umpires went for the review as they wanted to check for bump ball and catch, and everything went in Australia’s favour.  BATTING: Grant Elliott 72 (69)

OUT! Ross Taylor c Brad Haddin b James Faulkner 40 (72)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 150/3 in 35 Overs: New Zealand may be looking to start scoring quick runs. Taylor gets an outside edge as he tries to pull, but the ball falls short to the third man. Couple of run-out chances missed as well. Risky stroke that! Elliott hits one just past Brad Haddin to get a boundary! In the end you will say it was very well executed. 150 up for the Kiwis as eight runs added from the over from Shane Watson.  BATTING:  Ross Taylor 40 (71), Grant Elliott 72 (69)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 142/3 in 34 Overs:  Josh Hazlewood is welcomed into the attack by Elliott with a four over the slip region. There was no fielder in place and the right-hander did well to hit it fine. 100-run partnership completed for Elliott and Taylor for the fourth wicket, which certainly has revived NZ. Australia need to strike now else the New Zealand batsmen will look to open up. BATTING:  Ross Taylor 37 (67), Grant Elliott 68 (67)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 134/3 in 33 Overs: Shane Watson replaces Mitchell Johnson and does well to keep Taylor pinned on the strike with four dots and then two singles from each batsmen. New Zealand need some momentum now. They have remained subdued for far too long. Time for drinks.  BATTING:  Ross Taylor 34 (64), Grant Elliott 62 (64)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 132/3 in 32 Overs: Maxwell comes on. The first ball is hit in the air for a couple of runs. Over the next couple of balls New Zealand batsmen are able to take singles only. Australia will not mind as long as they do not start attacking. The batting powerplays is around the corner. Six runs added. The partnership is of 93 runs now.  BATTING:  Ross Taylor 34 (59), Grant Elliott 61 (63)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 126/3 in 31 Overs: While Taylor and Elliott have done a fine job so far, they have not really scored runs at a brisk rate. Johnson is a little erratic but still the New Zealand batsmen are able to add only five runs from the over. BATTING:  Ross Taylor 32 (56), Grant Elliott 57 (60)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 121/3 in 30 Overs:  Stumping chance against Elliott but the batsman’s backfoot was dragged back well in time. Maxwell is tide in his over, only three runs added. BATTING:  Ross Taylor 30 (53), Grant Elliott 54 (57)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 118/3 in 29 Overs: Clarke and Australia are searching for the fourth wicket. Mitchell Johnson has been recalled. After a couple of dot balls Taylor takes a single. Elliott plays the final ball in air, but falling way short of the third man. Three runs scored from the over. BATTING:  Ross Taylor 30 (51), Grant Elliott 51 (53)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 115/3 in 28 Overs:  Elliott and Taylor are continuing dealing in singles and doubles and that has been the key for them and New Zealand. They have added more than 70 runs so far for the fourth wicket. Elliott raises half-century with a lofted stroke falling short to long off.  He was terrific in the semi-final and Elliott seems to be doing an excellent job for New Zealand so farBATTING:  Ross Taylor 29 (47), Grant Elliott 50 (51)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 108/3 in 27 Overs: In hindsight, it’s been Australia’s day so far as New Zealand are able to bring up their 100-run mark only in the 27th over. Lucky for Taylor as Watson gets an outside edge off his bat and the ball goes for a four while there was no first slip. Another good over for New Zealand, nine runs added to the total. BATTING:  Ross Taylor 26 (44), Grant Elliott 45 (47)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 99/3 in 26 Overs:  Elliott hits through covers on the third ball off Faulkner to get a boundary, but is beaten on the next ball by the Aussie bowler. Another good over from Black Caps’ perspective as they add six more runs to their total. BATTING:  Ross Taylor 21 (41), Grant Elliott 44 (45)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 93/3 in 25 Overs: Shane Watson comes on to bowl the 25th over of the innings. The first three balls are dots as Elliott is struck on the strike not able to find gaps. The fourth ball is hit well, but Starc does even better to save a four on the off side past point.  DROPPED? Elliott hits one right over Steven Smith at point and I think he got his hand on it. BATTING:  Ross Taylor 20 (39), Grant Elliott 39 (41)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 89/3 in 24 Overs: The partnership between Taylor and Elliott has done an excellent revival work for the Kiwis. It has gone past 50-run mark out. Elliot hits one over the covers off Faulkner to hit a boundary. New Zealand add six runs from the over. BATTING:  Ross Taylor 20 (39), Grant Elliott 35 (35)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 83/3 in 23 Overs:  Starc comes steaming in, he’s looking just as dangerous. Mixing it up very well. First ball is short and the next is yorker length. Third is a short ball and a top edge results in a six! Again! #MCGsoBig? Fourth ball is another threatening yorker. Just the six runs of that over. BATTING:  Ross Taylor 19 (36), Grant Elliott 30 (32)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 77/3 in 22 Overs: Elliott hits past the man at point off Maxwell to struck first boundary in last 10 overs. The second ball is a single. Taylor comes back to strike and defend the next two balls. Good over for New Zealand, eight runs come off it. BATTING:  Ross Taylor 19 (36), Grant Elliott 24 (26)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 69/3 in 21 Overs: Elliott gets one past the man at mid off as he collects three runs on the fifth ball from Mitchell Starc, who has been summoned back into the attack. Taylor defends the final ball on the frontfoot. BATTING:  Ross Taylor 18 (31), Grant Elliott 18 (23)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 66/3 in 20 Overs: Excellent call to take DRS appeal as umpire Kumar Dharamsena had adjudged Grant Elliott out leg-before on the final ball. The batsman had moved across the wickets and the ball hit him in front of the middle stump. DRS showed the ball would have been missing the leg stump. I must say it was a poor shot. Four runs added from the over. BATTING:  Ross Taylor 18 (30), Grant Elliott 15 (20)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 62/3 in 19 Overs: Talking from the Australian perspective, they need to keep picking up wickets as the New Zealand side have a fair amount of batting left to come. Three runs added off Faulkner. BATTING:  Ross Taylor 17 (28), Grant Elliott 12 (16)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 59/3 in 18 Overs: Glenn Maxwell is back into the attack as the New Zealand batsmen continue to find singles around the part. Elliott is beaten on the second last ball outside the off stump. Single to end the over, five runs off it. BATTING:  Ross Taylor 17 (25), Grant Elliott 9 (13)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 54/3 in 17 Overs: James Faulkner comes on after the drinks break as New Zealand batsmen scramble to add three more runs to their total. BATTING:  Ross Taylor 14 (22), Grant Elliott 7 (10)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 51/3 in 16 Overs: 50 up for New Zealand as both Taylor and Elliott are looking to revive their innings. Both the batsmen are trying to rotate strikes, which is a good idea. BATTING:  Ross Taylor 13 (18), Grant Elliott 5 (8)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 47/3 in 15 Overs: Johnson continues. Runs for New Zealand as both Taylor and Elliott. Taylor hits on the off side to collect three runs on the fourth ball, and then Elliott takes two on the final ball in the same area. BATTING:  Ross Taylor 10 (13), Grant Elliott 4 (7)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 41/3 in 14 Overs: Clarke looking to continue attacking the Kiwis as Hazlewood has been called back. Ross Taylor is struck on the crease. The final delivery is a peach, inviting Taylor to drive and the batsman misses. Maiden over. BATTING:  Ross Taylor 7 (12), Grant Elliott 1 (2)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 41/3 in 13 Overs:  New Zealand’s hero from the last match Grant Elliott is in with Ross Taylor. Another wicket here can actually dash hopes of a challenging total. Elliott is beaten outside off on the final ball. . BATTING:  Ross Taylor 7 (6), Grant Elliott 1 (2)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 39/3 in 12.2 Overs: Come on! This is a huge let down! Kane Williamson has fallen after all the dot balls and hopes of a long innings — he gives a dolly back to Mitchell Johnson. The ball was on the middle stump line, Williamson, batting deep in crease moved further back and tried hitting on the leg. BATTING:  Ross Taylor 5 (3)

OUT! Kane Williamson c&b Mitchell Johnson 12 (34)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 38/2 in 12 Overs: Ross Taylor gets a full toss first up, and he puts it away for a boundary. New Zealand need a strong partnership now. A wicket and five runs in the over.  BATTING: Kane Williamson 12 (32), Ross Taylor 5 (3)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 33/2 in 11.1 Overs: Come on! You never want the sad ends to success stories, but Martin Guptill has one. Of all people, Michael Clarke picks Glenn Maxwell to replace Josh Hazlewood and the Australian bowler gets one into the batsman, hits the top of the off-stump. Brad Haddin gives a ‘royal’ send-off to Guppy. BATTING: Kane Williamson 12 (31)

OUT! Martin Guptill b Glenb Maxwell 15 (34)

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LIVE SCORE New Zealand 33/1 in 11 Overs: What an over this is! Johnson starts off with a short ball and then troubles Williamson, maintaining a line around middle and off,  going way from the batsman. Williamson is lucky to have just been beaten, two deliveries were wicket-taking ones. A single taken on the second last ball towards the off side. johnson will be feeling he deserved a wicket here. BATTING: Martin Guptill 15 (33), Kane Williamson 12 (30)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 31/1 in 10 Overs: Williamson breaks the shackles as he punches one past the fielder at mid off to score a four. The second ball is short, and Williamson pulls well to collect two more runs. Runs for New Zealand, the third delivery is pushed towards third man for a single. Hazlewood improvises to keep Guptill pinned on strike for the remainder of the over without giving a run. BATTING: Martin Guptill 14 (32), Kane Williamson 11 (25)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 24/1 in 9 Overs: Mitchell Johnson has replaced Starc. The first two ball are  well directed short deliveries and Guptill does well to keep them down. New Zealand have stopped scoring runs some how, last two-three overs getting runs only via extras. Only one run from the over as Johnson is spot on in his first over. BATTING: Martin Guptill 14 (29), Kane Williamson 4 (22)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 23/1 in 8 Overs: Hazlewood was a little wayward early on but he has recovered well. He beats Williamson outside the off on a couple of deliveries and then surprises him with a short ball. The first five balls are dot. Final ball hits Williamson on the thigh pad. BATTING: Martin Guptill 14 (23), Kane Williamson 4 (22)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 23/1 in 7 Overs: Starc continues. The first ball is way too short, a wide. Guptill then beaten on the first legal delivery outside off and the next two balls are beaten. Positive stroke on the fourth ball which was on the pads and he hit well but mid on cut it off. Final delivery is again a short one. But legal.   BATTING: Martin Guptill 14 (23), Kane Williamson 4 (16)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 22/1 in 6 Overs: Kane Williamson is struggling a little. Takes a single through an edge off Hazlewood on the third ball. Another single for the New Zealand side, Guptill running one down to the third man. Good stroke by Willliamson on the final ball to take two runs.  BATTING: Martin Guptill 14 (17), Kane Williamson 4 (16)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 18/1 in 5 Overs: Kane Williamson has not scored a half-century since the World Cup opening match against Sri Lanka. He and New Zealand are certainly feeling the heat at the moment. Starc continues. First two balls are dot. He is beaten on the third ball outside off. Poor stroke as the ball was moving away and Williamson chased it. A poke on the fourth delivery, again beaten. Fifth ball is a bouncer, Williamson ducks and lets it go through to Brad Haddin. Lucky, very lucky as on the final ball he plays one right over the fielder at point in the air. Single off the final ball.  BATTING: Martin Guptill 13 (15), Kane Williamson 1 (12)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand in 17/1 in 4 Overs: Almost a collision at point as Guptill hit the second ball from Hazlewood in that zone and both Steven Smith and David Warner were quick to get to the ball. Lucky for Guptill, he pulls but gets a leading edge, his eyes were closed as he hit the shot. The ball sailed past the ropes for six, taking Guptill past Kumar Sangakkara as the leading run scorer in the match.  BATTING: Martin Guptill 13 (15), Kane Williamson 0 (6)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 11/1 in 3 Overs: Appeal for leg-before on the first ball from Starc as the ball first hit Guptill’s bat before hitting the pads. Australia discuss but do not take a DRS review. Width from Starc on the fourth ball, indeed a poor ball and Guptill crashes it for a four. Single off the final ball as New Zealand add five runs from the over.  BATTING: Martin Guptill 7 (9), Kane Williamson 0 (6)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand in 6/1 in 2 Overs: Josh Hazlewood starts from the other end. The first ball is hit for a single on the leg side and then on the fourth delivery, the ball hits Williamson’s thigh pad and races down for a boundary. Five runs from the second over of the innings. BATTING: Martin Guptill 2 (3), Kane Williamson 0 (5)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 1/1 in 1 Over: Kane Williamson has walked out to bat. Appeal for leg-before with the ball going down the leg from Starc. New Zealand need to be cautious early on. Big blow in form of McCullum. They cannot play loose as their skipper did.  BATTING: Martin Guptill 1 (2), Kane Williamson 0 (1)


LIVE SCORE New Zealand 1/1 in 0.5 Over:  First runs for New Zealand with Martin Guptill taking a single off the second delivery past the man at point.  What a start! Brendon McCullum is all at sea on a fullish delivery right outside the off stump, which not only misses the wickets but the edge. The Kiwi skipper dances down the track and misses on another delivery that was angled in. McCullum nervous? AND THERE IT IS! McCullum cleaned up! The ball crashes into the wickets as McCullum’s bat was nowhere in the line to defend an incoming delivery. What a start for the Aussies! Brendon McCullum is the first captain in history to be dismissed for a duck in World Cup finalBATTING: Martin Guptill 1 (2)

OUT! Brendon McCullum c Mitchell Starc 0 (3)

WATCH: BRENDON MCCULLUM OUT FOR A DUCK


8.58 AM IST: National anthems are done. Players are all charged up. The MCG is full. The atmosphere is electric. A fan ran out to the cricket field even before the play began. The security staff took him down, informs Nishad Pai Vaidya who is at the ‘G’. Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill walked out to bat.

8.54 AM IST: Players walk out for the national anthem.

8.50 AM IST: Just about 10 minutes more left for the start of the play. Last time when these two sides had played in this World Cup, New Zealand managed to snatch a win by just one wicket in a low-scoring thriller. I expect another such contest today, surely not a low scoring one.

8.37 AM IST: Certainly a huge advantage that New Zealand have taken early on in this big match. Putting runs on board is the basic and it remains the key to excel. Australia have not chased big totals so far in the World Cup. Can New Zealand bat well?

TOSS: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and elected to bat against Australia in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday. Both the teams have retained their playing elevens from the semi-final.

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, Michael Clarke (c), Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood.

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum(c), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi(wk), Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult.

8.27 AM IST: We are just a couple of minutes away from the toss. Shane Warne thinks winning the toss and batting first will be the key as the pitch looks dry and two-paced. Hasn’t this been the case throughout this tournament?

8.18 AM IST: Indian fans, you are going to LOVE this! Sachin Tendulkar has just arrived at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)!!!

8.15 AM IST: You really cannot pick a favourite for this match, can you. Heart says both Michael Clarke and Dan The Man Vettori should shine for their respective sides today. Lot of emotional connect to this match as well, with former Kiwis captain Martin Crowe declaring this could be the last match he is watching, and Australians having their fallen mate Phillip Hughes’ memories and inspiration lingering in the back of their minds.

8.11 AM IST: We at CricketCountry have certainly not left anything out when it comes to coverage about this big match. We believe in covering everything that’s under the sun called cricket, and as far as this Australia vs New Zealand final is concerned, there are some really excellent stories for you to read before the match starts. About 18 minutes left for the toss. And about 42 minutes for the start of the match. Till then, you can brush up your knowledge here about this game: Australia vs New Zealand World Cup 2015 Final — Complete coverage

8.10 AM IST: In the last 10 matches at the ‘G’, the team which has batted first has scored an average score of 290 for seven and have won seven out of 10 times.

8.05 AM IST: The Australian and the New Zealand players are warming up for the match. It’s going to be a cracker of a match today for sure and both the sides look ready to take the challenge head on. It’s as clear as it could be over Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), which is a great sight. Australians reached as many as three hours before the start of the play!

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final between the two co-hosts, Australia (AUS) and New Zealand (NZ) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday. This is Devarchit Varma, and I will be bringing you the live cricket updates from the big game. Australia (AUS) vs New Zealand (NZ), World Cup 2015 Final, Preview: Trans-Tasman rivalry unfolds

One really cannot pick any favourites in these two sides, as both Australia and New Zealand have firepower to win the 2015 World Cup. While New Zealand have remained unbeaten in this World Cup, Australia too seem to have peaked up at the right time to emerge really strong for the big final at the ‘G’ on Sunday. Australia vs New Zealand, Free Live Cricket Streaming Online on Star Sports: World Cup 2015 Final

Australia defeated the defending champions India in the semi-final last Thursday by a huge margin of 95 runs. Steven Smith and Aaron Finch were heroes with the bat and Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Johnson shone with the ball as Australia qualified for a World Cup final for a record seventh time in the history. Australia vs New Zealand Live Cricket Score ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Final at MCG

On the other hand, New Zealand trumped South Africa by four wickets to enter their first-ever final in World Cup cricket history. New Zealand will be playing their first match outside home in this World Cup and the change in the playing conditions will certainly be a worrying factor for them. Live Cricket Scorecard Australia vs New Zealand ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Final at MCG

Squads:

Australia: Michael Clarke (c), David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Shane Watson, James Faulkner, Brad Haddin (wk), Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Xavier Doherty, Pat Cummins, George Bailey, Mitchell Marsh.

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (c), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Grant Elliott, Luke Ronchi (wk), Daniel Vettori, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Nathan McCullum, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kyle Mills.

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