Australia Defeat New Zealand to Win World Cup 2015
Four-time champions Australia beat New Zealand by 7 wickets to bag World Cup 2015 trophy.
Australia steamrolled New Zealand by seven wickets to get their hands of the coveted World Cup 2015 trophy on Sunday (All photos: Getty Images and AFP)
Winning the toss and opting to bat first, New Zealand had a horror start as Brendon McCullum was sent packing for a duck.
Mitchell Johnson, who was having a modest World Cup 2015 by his standards, troubled the Kiwi batsmen to finish with figures of 3/30.
Martin Guptill fought his way past early onslaught from the Aussie pacers but couldn't go the distance.
It was Glenn Maxwell who sent Guptill packing with a delivery that spun in sharply and castled the top of offstump.
Semifinal hero Grant Elliott was once again left to rebuild for his team.
Ross Taylor too dug in and attempted to pull the Kiwis out of misery.
Taylor and Elliott added 111 runs for the fourth wicket.
As Elliott was looking to bring the Kiwis back into the game, the Aussies began to sledge him.
In the end, Elliott was dismissed for 83 and received a send-off from Faulkner and Haddin.
The Kiwis were eventually bowled out for 183.
Grant Elliott scored his second fifty on-the-trot to power the Kiwi innings.
Aaron Finch's first over dismissal to Trent Boult gave New Zealand faint hopes.
David Warner was quick to dash all Kiwi hopes with a stellar counterattack. He scored 45.
Playing in his last ODI, Michael Clarke led his team from the front with an emotional knock of 74.
Clarke departed for 74 but it was a strike too late for the Kiwis as Steven Smith (56*) scored the winning runs to take Aussies to victory.
Australia displayed the dominance on the field of cricket with their fifth World Cup title.