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Australia beat New Zealand to claim fifth Cricket World Cup

Rippa Staff 29 Mar 2015
  • Australia win the Cricket World Cup Final
  • New Zealand suffered seven-wicket defeat at the MCG
  • Australia are crowned champions for a fifth time
Australia celebrate Cricket World Cup victory

Australia crushed fellow tournament co-hosts New Zealand by seven wickets in the Cricket World Cup at the MCG on Sunday to claim the title for a fifth time.

New Zealand, who beat Australia in Auckland earlier in the competition during the pool stages, set a target of just 184 after they elected to bat first only to be dismissed for 183.

Grant Ellioot fired 83 off 82 balls but it was Australia bowlers Mitchell Johnson and James Faulkner who starred with the ball as they took three wickets each.

Australia captain Michael Clarke hit 74 in his final ODI match before retiring and Steve Smith struck 56 not out as Australia comfortably chased down their target of 184 with 101 balls remaining.

Once New Zealand - playing in their first-ever Cricket World Cup final - had been bowled out for 183, their only hope of making a game out of it was to keep taking wickets as regularly as they had lost their own. 

They grabbed a couple with the dismissal Aaron Finch and then David Warner for 45 from 46 balls, but the third wicket stand between Clarke led Australia to a comfortable seven-wicket win in the final to win the title.

Smith and Clarke easily blunted whatever the New Zealand bowlers had to throw at them and went on to record respective half-centuries.

After the skipper finally went, it was left to Smith and Shane Watson to complete the formalities in the end with the title secured in the 34th over.


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