Aussies Out To Deny Kiwis Their First Cup

Australia beats India in World Cup semi 2015. Image courtesy of: www.abc.net.au
Australia are chasing their fifth ICC World Cup. Image courtesy of: www.abc.net.au

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Australia

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New Zealand


MCG, Melbourne

Sunday March 29 – 1.30 PM (AEST)

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After 48 matches in six weeks, the ICC World Cup Final has come down to a trans-Tasman tussle between the co-hosts. Australia have a slight advantage over New Zealand with the decider played at the MCG on Sunday.

However, the Black Caps were the only side to beat the Aussies at this tournament and are desperate to become World Champions after making their first final. This will be Australia's seventh appearance in a decider and they've already been crowned World Champions four times previously.

Interestingly, both sides came via Pool A, with an undefeated New Zealand finishing on top and Australia second. This allows us to compare their performances against the same key opposition. Against Sri Lanka, NZ made 6/331 after handy contributions from Corey Anderson , Brendon McCullum , Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill . When the Aussies played the same opposition, they smashed 9/376 thanks to a whirlwind ton by Glenn Maxwell and half centuries from Steve Smith , Michael Clarke and Shane Watson .  

Against England, the Black Caps were ruthless, bowling them out for 123 as Tim Southee  claimed remarkable figures of 7/33. In their opening match of the series, the Australians rattled the Englishmen for 231 with Mitchells Marsh (5/33) , Johnson (2/36) and Starc (2/47) the destroyers.

Overall, the Kiwis have taken 72 wickets in eight matches and have four players in the top 20 of the Leading Wicket Taker list - Trent Boult (21) , Daniel Vettori (15) , Tim Southee (15) and Corey Anderson (14) . The Aussies have 69 wickets in seven outings with Mitchell Starc (20) and Mitchell Johnson (12) the only two in the top 20.

On Sunday, there will be a 'battle within the battle' as Starc and Boult have their own mini-showdown. They are both in line to finish as the Leading Wicket Taker. Going into the finale, Boult has 21 wickets from eight matches and Starc 20 from seven. And remember when these two rivals clashed a month ago at Eden Park in Auckland, 19 wickets fell in a low-scoring affair which the New Zealanders just managed to win.

The other interesting stat is that Kiwi opener Martin Guptill needs to post double figures to pip Kumar Sangakkara as the tournament's Top Run Scorer.

With 12 nations falling by the wayside, who will be the last team standing – the charismatic Kiwis or the four-time world champions?

 

 

 




Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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