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Relive the Cricket World Cup Final

The two host nations battled it out in the final of the 11th Cricket World Cup.

The Australian cricket team proved yet again that they are the best in the world, cruising to a seven-wicket win over New Zealand.

The Kiwis had caused a stir in the run up to the final, beating South Africa, England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Could they cause the greatest upset of them all by beating Australia in the final in Melbourne?

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Australia bowled first. Right from the get-go, Michael Clarke and co. threw everything they had at New Zealand. McCullum was bowled out for a duck, a huge early blow for New Zealand. They were all out for 183. Mitchell Johnson and James Faulkner both took three wickets each.

Now came the time for Australia’s innings. Even though the Black Caps managed to take an early wicket, they couldn’t hold back the might of the Aussies. With 74 runs from Michael Clarke, 56 from Steven Smith and 45 from David Warner, Australia cleared New Zealand’s total with ease, only losing three wickets.

The trophy once again belongs to Australia. A record 93,000 fans turned up to Melbourne Cricket Ground to watch. A touching moment came when Clarke dedicated the trophy to Phillip Hughes.

In many ways, the tournament belonged to Mitchell Starc. The left-arm fast bowler finished joint-top wicket taker with 22. The 25 year-old accrued 147 rating points, moving from seventh position in the ICC Player Rankings to first.  He also took the award for Player of the Tournament.

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What was your favourite moment from the Cricket World Cup? Looking forward to the Ashes?

Source(s): ICC