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Australia vs New Zealand: World Cup final highlights

Reuters MELBOURNE | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on March 29, 2015

New Zealand's Grant Elliott (L) runs to make his ground as Australia's Glenn Maxwell fields the ball during their Cricket World Cup final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) March 29, 2015. Photo: Reuters

Australia's Mitchell Johnson celebrates with team mates after catching out New Zealand's Kane Williamson for 12 runs during their Cricket World Cup final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground March 29, 2015. Photo: Reuters

New Zealand's Martin Guptill (C) reacts after being bowled by Australia's Glenn Maxwell (L) for 15 runs during their Cricket World Cup final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) March 29, 2015. Photo: Reuters

New Zealand's captain Brendon McCullum (L) reacts as he walks off the field after being bowled for a duck by Australia's Mitchell Starc (R) during their Cricket World Cup final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) March 29, 2015. Photo: Reuters

Latest from the World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket ground.

New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first. New Zealand innings (183 all out from 45 overs)

Australia innings

2nd over - New Zealand get the early breakthough they desperately needed when Australian opener Aaron Finch went for a fifth ball duck, caught and bowled by Trent Boult. AUS: 2-1.

4th over - David Warner releases the pressure when he scores Australia's first boundary, driving Boult through the covers. AUS: 18-1.

5th over: Warner smashed the first three balls of Tim Southee's over to the rope for boundaries, signalling his intentions to attack. AUS: 33-1.

6th over: Steve Smith, who scored a century in Australia's semi-final win over India, picks up his first boundary when Boult drops one in short and he pulls him away for four. AUS: 38-1.

9th over: Matt Henry comes into the attack, replacing Daniel Vettori who bnowled just one over, and Warner pulls his first ball to fine leg for a boundary, just one bounce over the rope. AUS: 49-1.

10th over: Smith gets a single down to third man off Boult to bring up the Australian 50, then Warner smashes the next ball, a full toss, for four to bring up the 50 partnership in the last over of the first powerplay. AUS: 56-1.

13th over: New Zealand strike again, getting rid of the dangerous Warner for 45, caught by Grant Elliott in the deep off Henry after getting a top edge. Australian captain Michael Clarke comes to the crease in his last ODI. AUS: 63-2.

14th over: Clarke gets off the mark with a leading edge off Boult that went between two fielders for three. AUS: 68-2.

18th over: Clarke, who has been struggling to produce his best during the tournament, collects his first boundary when he gets a thick edge off Southee that flies away to the unmarked third man rope. AUS: 83-2.

19th over: Clarke rides his luck again with two edges off Henry that escape the slips cordon and run down to the fence for successive fours. AUS: 95-2.

21st over: Australia bring up their 100 when Smith, who has been going about his work quietly but efficiently, takes a single off Henry. AUS: 100-2.

23rd over: Clarke smacks one from Henry straight off the middle of the bat for four as Australia start to accelerate. AUS: 112-2.

24th over: Clarke and Smith bring up their fifty partnership with Australia in total control. AUS: 119-2.

25th over: Clarke, his confidence growing with every balls he faces, has overtaken Smith and now smashes Vettori over the long-off rope for six. The crowd roars. AUS: 130-2.

27th over: Clarke reaches his half-century, off 56 balls, with a single off Vettori. For Clarke, it his 58th, and final ODI fifty, as Australia close in on victory. AUS: 139-2.

29th over: Smith has been relatively quiet after Clarke took the spotlight but he slashes a boundary off Southee to third man. AUS: 151-2.

31st over: Clarke and Smith bring up their 100-run partnership off 108 balls when Clarke hits Southee for the first of three successive boundaries. The celebrations are starting already at the MCG with Australia just 10 runs away from victory. AUS: 174-2

New Zealand innings

1st over New Zealand make a disastrous start to their innings when captain Brendon McCullum is clean bowled by Mitchell Starc for a duck off the fifth ball after Martin Guptill got off the mark with a single. NZ: 1-1.

3rd over The Black Caps get their first boundary off the bat when Guptill plays a delightful cover drive off Starc that races along the outfield. NZ: 11-1.

4th over Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood digs one in short and Guptill gets a top edge which flies over the boundary rope on the full for a six, taking the New Zealander past Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara as the tournament's leading scorer. NZ: 17-1.

9th over Mitchell Johnson is introduced to the attack, replacing Starc. Johnson makes a tidy start, giving up a wide but no runs off his first over. NZ: 24-1.

10th over After a cautious start, Kane Williamson gets his first boundary when he pushes Hazlewood down the ground as New Zealand reach the end of the first power play with a modest 31 on the board, their lowest of the tournament. NZ: 31-1.

12th over New Zealand lose their second wicket when Guptill departs for 15, bowled by Australian spinner Glenn Maxwell, who replaced Hazlewood. The new batsman Ross Taylor hits his first ball, a juicy full toss, to the rope for four. NZ: 38-2.

13th over New Zealand are in real trouble early on. Williamson, who hit the matchwinning six when the teams played each other in the pool phase, falls for 12, hitting a straight-forward return catch to Johnson. NZ: 41-3.

14th over Australian captain Michael Clarke brings Hazlewood back into the attack after Grant Elliott, who guided New Zealand to the semi-final win over South Africa, joins Taylor at the crease. NZ: 41-3.

16th over The first drinks break is taken with New Zealand looking to rebuild their innings after a bad start. Taylor is unbeaten on 13 and Elliott not out five. NZ: 51-3.

20th over Elliott is given out lbw on 15 after Maxwell raps him on the pads. But Elliott asks for a review and replays suggest the ball was missing leg stump so the decision is overturned. NZ: 66-3.

22nd over New Zealand get their first boundary in 10 overs when Elliott cuts Maxwell and the Black Caps get seven off the over. NZ: 77-3.

23rd over: Elliott top edges a bouncer from Starc that flies away for six, New Zealand's second of the innings. NZ: 83-3.

27th over: New Zealand bring up their hundred off 158 balls when Elliott takes a single off Shane Watson to third man. Taylor edges the next delivery for four. NZ: 108-3.

28th over - Elliott reaches his half-century off 51 balls in 63 minutes when he chips Maxwell, who has shaved off his beard for the final, for a single to long off. 115-3.

33rd over - New Zealand make it through to the second drinks breaks without any further losses and ready to launch at the next powerplay. 134-3.

34th over - Taylor and Elliott reach their 100 run partnership off 126 balls as New Zealand continue to fight their way back. NZ: 142-3.

36th over - Australia makes a double breakthrough in the first over of the batting powerplay, bowled by James Faulkner. Taylor is brilliantly caught by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin for 40 after slashing at a wide delivery then the new batsman Corey Anderson is bowled for a second ball duck. NZ: 150-5.

37th over: New Zealand in dire straits now after Luke Ronchi departs for a duck, caught by Clarke at slip off Starc. Australia going on all out attack now. NZ: 151-6.

38th over: Daniel Vettori gets off the mark with a nice push down the ground off Faulkner for four. NZ: 157-6.

40th over: Elliott survives a loud appeal for lbw off Faulkner, now bowling round the wickets. The Australians call for a review. It's close but the umpire's original decision stands and he is allowed to stay. The Black Caps managed just 15 runs off the power play for the loss three wickets. NZ: 165-6.

41st over: Johnson, brought back into the attack, fires a thunderbolt yorker that shatters Vettori's stumps for nine. NZ: 167-7.

42nd over: New Zealand's innings is crumbling now. Elliott departs for a brave 83, off 82 balls, caught behind by Haddin off Faulkner, who bowled a slower ball out of the back of the hand. NZ: 171-8.

43rd over: Tim Southee decides aggression is the way to go, smashing Johnson over his head for six to get off the mark. NZ: 178-8.

45th over: New Zealand's innings comes to an abrupt when they lose their last two wickets in three balls. Matt Henry goes for a duck when he is caught by Starc at cover point off Johnson then Southee is run out at the non-strikers end after a brilliant direct hit from Maxwell. NZ all out for 183 in 45 overs.

Published on March 29, 2015
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