Australia beat New Zealand in final to win World Cup

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Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today to win the World Cup for the fifth time and send their retiring captain Michael Clarke out as a winner.

Australian bowlers Mitchell Johnson and James Faulkner captured three wickets each as the home side skittled New Zealand for 183 in 45 overs.

Grant Elliott top scored for the Black Caps with 83 but New Zealand's hopes of winning the World Cup for the first time were dealt a savage blow when their captain Brendon McCullum was bowled for a duck in the first over of the day.

Australia reached their victory target in the 34th over for the loss of just three wickets.

Clarke, who announced before the match that he was retiring from one-day internationals, guided his team to victory with a sparkling 74, departing to a standing ovation with Australia nine runs away from victory.

Steve Smith, his likely replacement as Australia's next captain, hit the winning runs and finished not out 56 in front of a record crowd of 93,013.

Australia previously won the World Cup in 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007. No other country has won the tournament, which was first held in 1975, more than twice.  (Reuters)

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  • Gajan Sunday, 29 March 2015 04:31 PM

    Unbeatable team ! Congratulations!!

    Waco Sunday, 29 March 2015 04:33 PM

    Australia congratulations. Well done.

    kumaraya Sunday, 29 March 2015 04:56 PM

    As Micheal Holding says, this is the worst World Cup ever! With a ball change every 25 overs, the Ozzie fast bowlers have a great time and spinners from Asian countries are helpless on their wickets. Maybe we should have a separate "Asia Cup" and let the Ozzies keep the World Cup forever!

    IL.RUSTHULBARRY Sunday, 29 March 2015 05:07 PM

    Australian team has to develop in their sprite of sports, and norms.but they are intelligent cricketers to trap out the opponent side with least culture of sports manner.

    zh Monday, 30 March 2015 11:59 AM

    spot on nihal

    Crickter Sunday, 29 March 2015 05:28 PM

    Congrats to Ausies, heard Bangladesh is celebrating as they got one point each with Ausies in a previous match. LOL.

    Desmond Jeromme Monday, 30 March 2015 05:24 AM

    Honestly, Aussies played well and they deserve the cup. Congratulations !!!!

    Horri Jimonis Monday, 30 March 2015 05:26 AM

    Congrats to Aussies, but if NZ front line batsman would have played well, they could have given a good fight.

    Vijith Pieterz Monday, 30 March 2015 05:28 AM

    This final was not so interested as it was a one sighted game. It should have been like SriLanka Vs India, then there is some thrill and we could have seen a nail biting game.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 30 March 2015 05:30 AM

    Its there home ground, obviously they would have had more power and won the game. Anyway, congrats...

    J palitha Monday, 30 March 2015 05:32 AM

    Luck also counts in Cricket.... that is why NZ or SA have never lifted the cup although they have played well and reached the Semi-finals

    tony of sydney Monday, 30 March 2015 07:04 AM

    No Matter what anyone says, Aussies are a great team living in Australia I feel proud to see such efforts and the confidence from Australia. They play with pride for their country. This something that Sri Lanka should learn.Australia beat unbeaten India.Australia beat Undeaten New ZealandSri Lankan team learn and get better. Good luck for another 4 years.

    Cobra Sunday, 29 March 2015 07:17 PM

    The Black Caps missed the bus having arrived at the bus stop without any sweat and it will be a long time until the next bus comes along. I feel so sorry for them.

    Nihal B D Sunday, 29 March 2015 11:25 PM

    It was boring final. No excitement, heart beat was the same, mouth was not dried etc........Asian teams keep the game alive.

    The God Father Monday, 30 March 2015 08:58 AM

    Kiwis let me down badly, never wanted cocky Aussies to win it this time, could have been a better Final if the South Africans had come to the Finals with the Aussies. Anyway the best team became the champs.


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