New Zealand stumbles as Australians win their 5th Cricket World Cup
The kiwis were already one up against their neighbors in the world cups but were no match to the experience that their opponents had of playing in the world cup finals.Winning the toss New Zealand decided to bat on what seemed to be a good surface. It wasn't the ideal start for the black caps as captain Brendon McCullum was out for a duck. Soon after the wickets of Williamson and Guptill meant that the score was reduced to 3-39.
|McCullum gets bowled by Starc in the first over|
|Williamson walks back after being dismissed|
With the team in situation of bother in came the hero of semi final,Grant Elliot, who along with Ross Taylor added 111 for the fourth wicket as the pair looked to tackle the in form Aussie pace battery.With 150 on the board in 35 overs and batting powerplay still intact the kiwis were on course for a competitive total. But much to their dismay this was the beginning of the end. Taylor was out caught behind of the very first ball of the batting powerplay. Not before long he was joined by Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi in the pavilion as they were both sent packing for ducks. New Zealand had now lost 3 wickets for a single run and were reduced to 6-151. Some resilience from the tail-enders meant an extended stay for the batting side as they were bowled out for 183.
Having dismissed the Australians for 151 a month ago it was suffice to say all was not lost for the Kiwis. Things started in the best possible way for New Zealand as Aaron Finch was dismissed without scoring. But that was perhaps the only moment of trouble for Aussies. An attacking innings David Warner established the base for the chase .Fifties from Steve Smith and their retiring Captain Michael Clarke put the final nail in the coffin of New Zealand's World Cup dreams as Australia won the match in just 33,1 overs. For New Zealand it was always a case of so near yet so far.As for the Aussies it was just a of Men at work , Business as usual..