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In a low scoring final match of the ICC World Cup 2015, Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets at Melbourne.

Earlier, the Black Cats failed to post a massive total on the score board as Kiwis batsman failed to deliver against Australian pacers. Later on, the Kiwis bowlers failed to get early wickets of Australian batsman's and the Australian batsman easily achieve target of 184 runs in 33.1 overs. Although, Trent Bolut took important wicket of Aaron Finch but the Kiwis pacers failed to put pressure on the Australian batsman later on. Michael Clarke remained top scorer with 74 runs while Steven Smith and David Warner played responsible innings of 56 and 45 runs respectively. Earlier, Kiwi captain Brendon Mccullum won the toss and elected to bat. Opening stand of New Zealand failed to shine as the hosts Australia blow away top three Kiwi players cheaply. Mitchell Starc gave the Aussies a flying start removing the dangerous New Zealand captain Brendon Mccullum for a duck in his opening over. Starc Struck with the fifth ball of the opening over, bowling the Mccullum to leave the black caps at 1-1. Later, spinner Glenn Maxwell bowled Martin Guptill with his second delivery. Guptill, the leading scorer of the tournament with 547 runs, was beaten by Maxwell's turn to be out for 15 leaving the black caps a shaky 33 for two in the 12th over. New Zealand lost another wicket in the space of five balls as Mitchell Johnson caught and bowled Kane Williamson. Ross Taylor and Grant Elliott succeed to build a wonderful partnership of 111 runs but Taylor lost his wicket to Faulkner after scoring 40 runs off 72 balls. Elliott, the hero of the semi final match against South Africa remained top scorer with 83 runs. The Kiwis team failed to play allotted 50 overs and all team out after scoring 183 runs in 44.5 overs. James Faulkner and Mitchell Johnson took three wickets for their team while Mitchell Starc took two and Glenn Maxwell took one wicket for Australia. Out of 11 World Cups, it is Australian team which won the World Cup for five times during the last 40 years. PTV Sports telecasted the match live.

 

Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that the world cup final against New Zealand will be his last odi match.

Clarke made his decision public at a press conference in Melbourne on the eve of the final. Clarke said, he reached the decision after the semi-final against India in Sydney. He hoped that stepping down from the shorter form of the game will prolong his test career. Clarke has struggled with back and hamstring injuries over the past 18 months and missed the first game of the tournament. With seven thousand nine hundred and seven runs at an average of fourty four point four two since making his debut as a 21-year-old against England in 2003, Clarke is the fourth-most prolific Australian one day batsman in history. Only Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Mark Waugh have more runs in 50-over cricket. His eight tons also place him seventh on the list of Australian century-makers.

 
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