Live Cricket Scorecard Australia vs New Zealand ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Final at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Come Sunday, it remains to be seen whether the sport gets a new title holder or will Australia vie for their fifth title and reassert their supremacy © Getty Images

Four-time World Champions Australia take on first time finalist New Zealand in the Trans-Tasman rivalry in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final on Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket ground (MCG). Much more than the World Cup title will be at stake when the co-hosts square-off in the final of the quadrennial event. Live Scorecard: Australia vs New Zealand ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final

After six weeks and 48 matches among 14 teams, the game pits Australia, the numero uno side in One-Day Internationals (ODI), against their trans-Tasman rivals and maiden finalists New Zealand. The Black Caps had faltered in the semi-finals six times previously but overcame South Africa to enter their first summit clash. Live Updates: Australia vs New Zealand ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final

If familiarity between the two sides has not quite bred contempt, several highly competitive clashes in the past, including the underarm-marred match in the 1980s, will make Sunday’s game a fierce contest. Australia, with a balanced side and having experience in dealing with big occasions, will have the home advantage even though they will be up against an in-form side. New Zealand are on an eight-match unbeaten streak and have 13 wins from their past 14 ODIs. Their victory over Australia in the group stage will give them a lot of confidence going into the match. PREVIEW: Australia (AUS) vs New Zealand (NZ) ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 FINAL

However, this will be the first time in the tournament that the Kiwis will play away from home. Moreover, many former players are saying that their habit of playing at small grounds at home will be a hard reality to overcome when they take the field at the massive MCG in front of a hostile crowd. In the last 11 games played at the ‘G’, the team batting first has won eight with the highest successful run chase being 297. One thing going for the Kiwis is that five of them played at the MCG in 2009 when they defeated Australia, the last time the two teams met in an ODI in Australia. STATS PREVIEW: Australia (AUS) vs New Zealand (NZ) ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 FINAL