Reinvented Australian side win the World Cup
It was an emphatic win for Australia against the strong New Zealand side in the finals of the World Cup at the Mecca of International cricket, the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia has been dominating cricket since the time West Indies lost their stronghold in 1983. They won World Cup 3 consecutive times, 1999,2003 and 2007. During these 8 years defeating the Australian side was next to impossible with the likes of openers such as Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist. Middle order consisting of Ricky Ponting, Damien Martyn and bowlers like Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Shane Warne. But, after 2007 when most of them retired, the Australian side struggled to win and looked weak and incomplete. Many players were tried and tested but the match was nowhere close to the legendary Australian side. With this win, the Australian side has announced their comeback in the arena of Cricket.
McCullum looks back at the dislodged bails Source
Coming to the match, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat. They had a totally opposite start of what they usually have. Their hitting machine McCullum was out in the first over of the match. They usually score close to 9 runs an over in the first 10. But, this time they could hardly maintain a run rate of 3. They lost 3 wickets quite quickly and were struggling when Elliot and Taylor tried to save the sinking ship by building a useful partnership. They both were looking good until Taylor was dismissed which led to a batting collapse and within no time New Zealand were bundled out for a score of 183.
New Zealand celebrate the early dismissal of Finch Source
New Zealanders were still hoping that they could pull it off as they had previously dismissed the whole team for 151 in the World Cup. Boult got Finch out in the second over and Warner was out after a score of 45. But, then on there was nothing left for the Kiwis as they couldn’t trouble Smith and Clarke who cruised towards the target. Australians won convincingly by 7 wickets.
Faulkner was awarded the Man of the Match for his crucial 4 wickets while Mitchell Starc was awarded the Player of the tournament for his outstanding bowling throughout the World Cup.