AUSTRALIA 186/3 (33.1 overs) BEAT NEW ZEALAND (183 in 45.0 overs) BY SEVEN WICKETS WITH 101 BALLS REMAINING
Australia are cricket’s new world champions. Australia were in their seventh World Cup final and New Zealand in their first. Australia’s chase of a mere 184 was built on fifties by Michael Clarke and Steven Smith and the World Cup win – their fifth overall – was the perfect farewell for Clarke, who was playing his last ODI.
Captain Michael Clarke signed off from ODIs with 74 as a dominant Australia won their fifth cricket World Cup after crushing New Zealand by seven wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
New Zealand, playing in their first final after succumbing six times in the semis, suffered a body blow in the opening over from Mitchell Starc when captain Brendon McCullum was bowled without scoring from the third ball he faced.
|World Cup winners|
1975 – WI beat Aus by 17 runs
1979 – WI beat Eng by 92 runs
1983 – Ind beat WI by 43 runs
1987 – Aus beat Eng by 7 runs
1992 – Pak beat Eng by 22 runs
1996 – SL beat Aus by 7 wickets
1999 – Aus beat Pak by 8 wickets
2003 – Aus beat Ind by 125 runs
2007 – Aus beat SL by 53 Runs
2011 – Ind beat SL by 6 wickets
2015 – Aus beat NZ by 7 wickets
Australian cricket crowd records were broken on Sunday as the MCG hosted the World Cup final.
Organisers announced late in the New Zealand innings that more than 91,112 fans were inside the MCG.