Australia beats New Zealand by 7 wickets and lift World Cup title for fifth time

Australia defeated New Zealand in World Cup 2015 final and Brad Haddin had gone to a radio station the next day and said Kiwis ‘deserved it.’ Michael Clarke played a captain’s knock in his final ODI to take his side to a title win at the World Cup 2015.

Michael Clarke (74), Steven Smith (56 not out) take Australia to an emphatic seven-wicket win over New Zealand to bag their fifth World Cup title.

From a cricket point of view this World Cup 2015 has been the best 50 over cricket we have seen for many years, writes former Australian pacer Andy Bichel. James Faulkner named man-of-the-match in the final! Mitchell Starc (22 wickets) adjudged man-of-the-series.

The two host countries New Zealand and Australia, and some of the grounds and its settings, were just fantastic. This tournament is by far the most watched in World Cup history for ODI cricket it a real credit to everyone at the ICC organisers and the many volunteers around Australasia that gave up its time and effort to help showcase this amazing competition.

For Kiwi supporters, the story of the final was simple. Brendon McCullum couldn’t bring his bat down in time to a Mitchell Starc 148 kmph yorker-length ball. That minor error, that micro-second delay, meant New Zealand’s time hadn’t come yet. After jumping across the fence and challenging the neighbourhood bully, the little brother scrambled back home defeated and deflated. Once again, the nice guys finished second.

The Aussies too couldn’t stop talking about McCullum b Starc 0. Even though, late into the night, they were also recalling James Faulkner’s 9-1-36-3, the nation’s new leader Steve Smith’s beaten 56, outgoing leader Michael Clarke’s 74 in his dream ODI farewell, and their 7-wicket win. Australia has now won five World Cups, four of which were one-sided finals.