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Cricket World Cup Final Start Time - What time does Australia v New Zealand start?

Suneer Chowdhary 28 Mar 2015
  • Australia and New Zealand contest the Cricket World Cup Final
  • The final takes place at the MCG on Sunday
  • The final gets underway at 2.30pm AEDT
Captains Michael Clarke and Brendon McCullum pose with the World Cup trophy

Australia and New Zealand will contest the 2015 Cricket World Cup final at the MCG on Sunday in a dream showdown between the tournament co-hosts.

The final takes place in Melbourne at the MCG and gets underway at 2.30pm AEDT. It will be broadcast live on Channel Nine and Fox Sports in Australia.

Australia reached the final after they defeated India in the semi-final in Sydney on Thursday, two days after New Zealand had won a thriller against South Africa in Auckland to reach their first ever final.

Australia had an excellent start to the tournament as they overcame England in the first game of the tournament before their second game against Bangladesh was rained off in Brisbane because of a dangerous cyclone.

That was followed by defeat in New Zealand in a bizarre game in which Australia were bowled out for 151 before the Kiwis stumbled and needed the loss of nine wickets and a six off the bat of Kane Williamson to get over the line.

It acted as a wake-up call for the Aussies, as even admitted by captain Michael Clarke, as they went from strength to strength following that. 

Afghanistan were bull-dozed and the Sri Lankan bowling was ripped apart as Australia made 376 for nine en route to victory. Going into their last game against Scotland, Australia needed to win to end second in the table and avoid playing South Africa in the quarter-final - something they managed comfortably.

In their quarter-finals, Pakistan were bowled out for 213 thanks to Josh Hazlewood's four-wicket haul but Australia looked in strife at 59 for three. Shane Watson went on to score an unbeaten 64 to guide the side to a comfortable win in the end.

India were brushed aside in the semi-final after Australia batted first, piled up 328 and then claimed a 95-run win to set up the showdown with trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand.

New Zealand are the only unbeaten team and a chasing their first ever title with win over Australia in the Pool stages part of that perfect run to the final.

The Kiwis took on Sri Lanka in their tournament opener and recorded an easy victory and then needed just 24.5 overs to see off the small target set by Scotland.

It got even easier in their next match against England, who were bowled out for 123 before Brendon McCullum smashed those runs away in just 12.2 overs, making it one of the shortest games of the tournament. 

The World Cup's closest match came against Australia in that dramatic victory for the Blakcaps and there was no stopping New Zealand after that. 

Afghanistan were swept aside, Martin Guptill smashed a double-century in the quarter-final victory over West Indies and Grant Elliott struck a match-winning six from the penultimate ball to win a semi-final thriller against South Africa. Can they now claim World Cup glory?


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