The celebrations begin
Australian players raise the trophy as they celebrate victory against New Zealand after their 2015 World Cup final in Melbourne. (AFP Photo)
Aussies win their fifth crown
2015 World Cup brand ambassador Sachin Tendulkar
Well played New Zealand!
The Kodak Moment!
Australia's Steve Smith, left, and teammate Shane Watson celebrate after defeating New Zealand by seven wickets to win the Cricket World Cup final. (AP Photo)
Good to know when not to lose
Cheers to World Champions!
Australia win ICC World Cup 2015!
In-form Steven Smith 56 (71) and Shane Watson 2 (5) remain unbeaten for the Aussies
Australia 5-time World Champions!!!
Australia chase down the 184-run target in 33.1 overs with 7 wickets to spare
Steven Smith hits the winning runs as Australia crush New Zealand by 7 wickets to win their fifth World Cup title
Steven Smith joins the party, scores 7th ODI fifty off 66 balls. Score - AUS 180/3 in 31.5 overs; Target - 184
Meanwhile, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel wins Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix
Shane Watson, right handed bat, comes to the crease
WICKET! Matt Henry dismisses Michael Clarke (74). Score - AUS 175/3 in 31.1 overs; Target 184
ODI Captainship record
Australia need 10 more runs to win from 114 balls
Record crowd at MCG
It's about time for the Aussies!
Michael Clarke (57*) and Steven Smith (47*) power Australia to 157/2 in 30 overs. Target - 184
Clarke's special on final innings
150 up for Australia, need 33 more runs to win from 126 balls
Australia need 38 more runs to win from 130 balls
Clarke going away on a high!
Australia captain Michael Clarke hits a shot from a delivery from New Zealand's Matt Henry during their Cricket World Cup final. (Reuters Photo)
It's getting closer & closer for Oz
Michael Clarke hits 58th ODI fifty off 56 balls to lead the Australian run chase. Score - AUS 138/2 in 26.3 overs; Target - 184
Michael Clarke (43*) and Steven Smith (34*) take Australia to 130/2 in 25 overs. Target - 184
Australia need 65 more runs to win from 156 balls
50 off 68 balls - Australia's 3rd wicket partnership between Steve Smith and Michael Clarke
Corey Anderson, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Australia need 72 more runs to win from 162 balls
Steve Smith (ODIs since January 2014) - Matches: 25; Runs: 1141; Average: 57.05; Strike Rate: 90.1; Best: 105
After 20.5 overs (Comparison) - New Zealand were 70/3; Australia are 100/2
Australia on top
100 up for Australia in 20.5 overs. Steven Smith (26*) and Michael Clarke (22*) - target 184
Australia need 86 more runs to win from 180 balls
Michael Clarke vs D Vettori (Head to Head in ODIs) - Innings 21; Runs: 181; Outs: 4; Bat S/R: 59.7
Steven Smith (25*) and Michael Clarke (21*) take Australia to 98/2 in 20 overs. Target - 184
Run Rate: 4.43; Required Run 3.29; Target: 184
Australia need 89 more runs to win from 31 overs
Last five overs - Runs: 17; Wicket: 1; Run Rate: 3.40; Four: 1; Sixes: 0
Smith's lucky moment!
Australia vs New Zealand - Australia have won 14 out of 15 knockout matches vs New Zealand
Australia need 110 more from 34 overs
Not a good sign for NZ
Michael Clarke (33 years) - ODI career: Matches: 245; Runs: 7911; Average: 44.42; Strike Rate: 78.8; Best: 130 vs India in 2007; ICC ODI Ranking: 32nd
Michael Clarke (as captain) - Matches: 74; Runs: 2675; Average: 45.34; Strike Rate: 76.5; Best: 117
Next to bat - In at 5: Watson; In at 6: Maxwell; In at 7: Faulkner
Michael Clarke 4th best win % (70%) for any captain in ODIs (minimum 50 matches)
Matt Henry Speed (KPH) - Fastest Ball: 142.5; Slowest Ball: 134.8; Average Speed: 139.0
Fall of wicket - 1st: 2; 2nd: 63
Australia need 125 more runs to win from 35 overs
Steven Smith (17*) and Michael Clarke (3*) take Australia to 69/2 in 15 overs. Target - 184
NZ fans loving it!
Lucky escape for Smith! He gets an inside edge and the ball rolls back onto the stumps, but the bails do not fall.
Standing ovation for Clarke
Australia at home (Last 25 Matches) - Won: 22; Lost: 2; Tie/NR: 0/1; Win %: 92 %
Michael Clarke, right handed bat, comes to the crease, got a standing ovation from the crowd
WICKET! Matt Henry gives New Zealand a crucial break, dismisses David Warner (45). Score - AUS 63/2 in 12.2 overs; Target 184
Trent Boult Speed (KPH) - Fastest Ball: 143.4; Slowest Ball: 132.4; Average Speed: 137.6
50-run stand for Warner, Smith
Australia need 126 more runs to win from 39 overs
Australia (Run Rate during Mandatory Powerplay) - CWC 2015: 6.09; Today: 5.60
Australia mandatory powerplay - Runs: 56; Wicket: 1
Australia 2nd wicket partnership: 52 off 48; David Warner: 35 off 28; Steve Smith: 13 off 19
David Warner (39*) and Steven Smith (13*) take Australia to 56/1 in 10 overs. Target - 184
David Warner S/R (ICC CWC 2015) - PP: 111.7; Mid Overs: 138.3; Bat PP: 183.3; Final 10: N/A
David Warner 33* (27) - Dot ball %: 48.1; Four: 5; Sixes: 0; Boundary %: 60.6; S/R: 122.2
Kiwis now need inspirations from India
Matt Henry, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
David Warner - vs Pace: Average: 36.5; Strike rate: 94.8; vs Spin: Average: 33.1; Strike Rate: 72.7
Kiwis need more Boult strikes
New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult (C) is congratulated after dismissing Australia's Aaron Finch during the 2015 Cricket World Cup final. (AFP Photo)
Daniel Vettori, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Good start for Oz
Australia (Run Rate during Mandatory Powerplay) - CWC 2015: 6.09; Today: 6.39
Tim Southee (ODIs in Australia) - Matches: 6; Wickets: 3; Average: 91.33; Economy: 5.75; Best: 1-34
David Warner (28*) and Steven Smith (1*) take Australia to 33/1 in 5 overs. Target - 184
Australia (Strike Rate during Mandatory Powerplay) - CWC 2015: 110.4; Today: 105
Australia need 166 more runs to win from 46 overs
David Warner (at Melbourne) - Matches: 8; Runs: 140; Average: 20.00; Strike Rate: 85.4; Best: 65
Fall of wicket - 1st: 2
Boult's early impact
In-form Steven Smith, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Australia opening partnership (ICC CWC 2015) - Innings: 8; Runs: 182; Average: 22.75; 50s/100s: 1/0
WICKET! Trent Boult strikes early to get rid of Aaron Finch for duck. Score - AUS 2/1 in 1.4 overs; Target 184
Trent Boult, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Tim Southee starts the New Zealand attack
Here we go agian! Aaron Finch and David Warner walk out to start the Australian chase
Obviously pretty good start by the boys. It's in our hands to chase the runs and if we start well there is no reason why we can't (chase this down). Pretty good MCG wicket really. I thought it was a little bit slow than we are used to, but pretty good all-round wicket. One aspect we have been working hard on is our fielding, another strong performance and hopefully like I said we can start well with the bat and chase this total down. The outfield is pretty standard, maybe a little bit quicker than normal, but the ground is in fantastic condition. It is in our hands now.
Will it be one-sided or close?
Will it be 1983 re-run?
Fans at fan zone!
Mitchell Starc - Overs: 8; Maidens: 0; Runs: 20; Wickets: 2; Economy: 2.5
Mitchell Johnson - Overs: 9; Maidens: 0; Runs: 30; Wickets: 3; Economy: 3.3
James Faulkner - Overs: 9; Maidens: 1; Runs: 36; Wickets: 3; Economy: 4.0
Australia need 184 runs from 50 overs at 3.68 RPO to win the ICC Cricket World Cup
New Zealand's Fall of wickets - 1st: 1; 2nd: 33; 3rd: 39; 4th: 150; 5th: 150; 6th: 151; 7th: 167; 8th: 171 9th: 182; 10th: 183
Australia set to chase 184-run target against New Zealand to win their fifth World Cup title.
WICKET! Tim Southee run out as Australia bundle out New Zealand for 183 in 45 overs.
Trent Boult, right handed bat, comes to the crease
WICKET! Mitchell Johnson dismisses Matt Henry for zero. Score - NZ 182/9 in 44.5 overs
New Zealand's phase run rate - Mandatory Powerplay: 3.10; Mid Overs: 4.76; Bat PP: 3.00; Final 10: 4.00
Matt Henry (23 years) - Matches: 10; Runs: 21; Average: 21.0; Strike Rate: 95.5; Best: 20* vs Sri Lanka, in 2015
New Zealand (Run Rate during final 10 overs) - CWC 2015: 11.49; Today: 4.33
New Zealand's phase run rate - Mandatory Powerplay: 3.10; Mid Overs: 4.76; Bat PP: 3.00; Final 10: 4.3
Mitchell Johnson - Overs: 7; Maidens: 0; Runs: 27; Wickets: 2; Economy: 3.7
Oz in driver's seat
Australia in overs 41-50 - Best Economy Rate 4.75 for any team this World Cup
Last 37 balls - Runs: 21; Wickets: 2; Run Rate: 4.06; Fours: 3; Sixes: 0
Matt Henry, right handed bat, comes to the crease
WICKET! New Zealand in deep trouble as James Faulkner dismisses Grant Elliott (83). Score - NZ 171/8 in 41.5 overs
Tim Southee, right handed bat, comes to the crease
WICKET! Mitchell Johnson clean bowls Daniel Vettori (9) as New Zealand struggle. Score - NZ 167/7 in 41 overs
Mitchell Starc - 55% of his wickets are bowled in ICC CWC 2015
Grant Elliott S/R (This match) - PP: N/A; Mid Overs: 104.3; Bat PP: 120.0
Grant Elliott 78* (74) - Dot Ball %: 39.2; Fours: 6; Sixes: 1; Boundary %: 38.5; S/R: 105.4
End of batting powerplay - Grant Elliott (78*) and Daniel Vettori (8*) take New Zealand to 165/6 in 40 overs.
James Faulkner has taken 30% of his wickets bowling in the batting PP
Starc Economy (ICC CWC 2015) - PP: 3.67; Mid Overs: 3.18; Bat PP: 3.81: Final 10: 3.63
New Zealand's phase run rate - Mandatory Powerplay: 3.10; Mid Overs: 4.76; Bat PP: 0.75
Crowd approves Haddin's special
Oz fans loving it!
Luke Ronchi (Last five innings) - Runs: 44; Average: 8.8; S/R: 112.8; 50/100: 0/0; Best: 12
Ross Taylor 40 (72) c Haddin b Faulkner; strike rate: 55.6; Fours: 2; Sixes: 0
Fall of wickets - 1st: 1; 2nd: 33; 3rd: 39; 4th: 150; 5th: 150; 6th: 151
Daniel Vettori, left handed bat, comes to the crease
WICKET! Mitchell Starc dismisses Luke Ronchi (0) to dent New Zealand innings. Score - NZ 151/6 in 36.2 overs
New Zealand in batting PP - Best run rate for any team (7.1) since October 2012
Luke Ronchi, right handed bat, comes to the crease
New Zealand's phase run rate - Mandatory Powerplay: 3.10; Mid Overs: 4.76
New Zealand Balls Per Fifty - 1st: 93; 2nd:65; 3rd: 51
WICKET! James Faulkner strikes again to get rid of Corey Anderson for duck. Score - NZ 150/5 in 35.3 overs
Key to success for New Zealand - New Zealand win 84% matches outside Asia when they have at least one 100+ partnership
WICKET! Brad Haddin takes a brilliant catch as James Faulkner dismisses Ross Taylor (40). Score - NZ 150/4 in 35.1 overs
Josh Hazlewood - Overs:7; Maidens: 2; Runs: 22; Wickets: 0; Economy: 3.14
Grant Elliott (72*) and Ross Taylor (40*) take New Zealand to 150/3 in 35 overs.
Crucial stand for the Kiwis
Important 100-run stand off 128 balls for the 4th wicket by Grant Elliott (67*) and Ross Taylor (35*). Score - NZ 139/3 in 33.2 overs
Ross Taylor (Strike Rate in Phases) - Overs 11-40: 76.1; Overs 41-50: 149.8
Last 5 overs (NZ) - Runs: 11; Wickets: 0; Run Rate: 3.67; Fours: 0; Sixes: 0
New Zealand 4th wicket partnership - 82 off 107 balls; Ross Taylor: 24 off 48; Grant Elliott: 54 off 57
New Zealand's phase run rate - Mandatory Powerplay: 3.10; Mid Overs: 4.54
Ross Taylor vs Mitchell Johnson (Head to Head in ODIs) - Innings 14; Runs: 92; Outs: 5; Bat S/R: 69.7
Grant Elliott 50* (51) - Dot Ball %: 45.1; Fours: 3; Sixes: 1; Boundary %: 36.0; S/R: 98.0
Grant Elliott (54*) and Ross Taylor (30*) take New Zealand to 121/3 in 30 overs.
Grant Elliott slams 9th ODI fifty off 51 balls to lead New Zealand's revival with Ross Taylor (29*). Score - 115/3 in 28 overs
Ross Taylor vs Shane Watson (Head to Head in ODIs) - Innings 6; Runs: 45; Outs: 4; Bat S/R: 54.9
New Zealand Balls Per Fifty - 1st: 93; 2nd:65
James Faulkner (Speeds KPH) - Fastest Ball: 136.4; Slowest Ball: 123.9; Average: 132.6
Elliott, Taylor revive NZ innings
New Zealand batsmen Ross Taylor (L) and Grant Elliott take a run during the 2015 Cricket World Cup final against Australia in Melbourne. (AFP Photo)
100 up for New Zealand in 26.2 overs. Grant Elliott (45*) and Ross Taylor (21*)
New Zealand's phase run rate - Mandatory Powerplay: 3.10; Mid Overs: 4.15
Grant Elliott (39*) and Ross Taylor (20*) take New Zealand to 93/3 in 25 overs.
New Zealand 4th wicket partnership - 50 off 69; Ross Taylor: 14 off 34; Grant Elliott: 35 off 35
New Zealand in ICC CWC 2015 (Run Rate during mid overs) - CWC 2015: 5.09; Today: 3.93
Shane Watson, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
50-run stand for Grant Elliott (35*) and Ross Taylor (20*) off 69 balls. Score - NZ 89/3 in 23.5 overs
Grant Elliott (ODIs in Australia) - Innings: 6; Runs: 234 Average: 58.50; S/R: 81.3; Best: 115
Highest wicket-takers so far
Grant Elliott vs off-spinners - Innings: 33; Runs: 294; Dismissals: 2; Average: 147; S/R: 84
First boundary scored: 58 balls; 43 minutes
New Zealand's phase run rate - Mandatory Powerplay: 3.10; Mid Overs: 3.85
New Zealand's Innings - Since last boundary: 56 balls; 42 minutes
Elliott survives after he decided to review umpire Dharmasena's lbw decision
Ross Taylor (18*) and Grant Elliott (15*) take New Zealand to 66/3 in 20 overs.
James Faulkner in ICC CWC 2015 - Five out of his seven wickets have been off the slower ball
Grant Elliott vs off-spinners - Innings: 33; Runs: 294; Dismissals: 2; Average: 147; S/R: 88
James Faulkner, comes into the attack for the Aussies
Keys to success for Oz
New Zealand's Innings Run Rate - 3.23; Last Five Overs: 3.78
50 up for New Zealand in 15.3 overs
Ross Taylor (10*) and Grant Elliott (4*) take New Zealand to 47/3 in 15 overs.
Protest before the finale
A policeman tackles a protester before the start of the Cricket World Cup final match between Australia and New Zealand at the MCG. (Reuters Photo)
Ross Taylor (ICC CWC 2015) - Matches: 9; Runs: 188; Average: 31.33; Strike Rate: 63.1; Best: 56
Ross Taylor (31 years) - Matches: 159; Runs: 5094; Average: 41.41; Strike Rate: 81.7; Best: 131* vs Pakistan in 2011; ICC ODI Ranking: 11th
Glenn Maxwell (ODIs since January 2014) - Matches: 30; Wickets: 27; Average: 29.07; Economy: 5.30; Best: 4-46
Ross Taylor vs Mitchell Johnson (Head to Head in ODIs) - Innings 14; Runs: 92; Outs: 5; Bat S/R: 69.7
Key for Kiwis' success
Fall of wickets: 1st: 1; 2nd: 33; 3rd: 39
New Zealand's phase run rate - Mandatory Powerplay: 3.10; Mid Overs: 3.50
Grant Elliott, right handed bat, comes to the crease
WICKET! Mitchell Johnson joins the party, dismisses Kane Williamson (12). Score - NZ 39/3 in 12.2 overs
Fall of wickets - 1st: 1; 2nd: 33
Martin Guptill 15(34) bowled Maxwell; Strike Rate: 44.1; Fours: 1; Sixes: 1
Ross Taylor, right handed bat, comes to the crease
WICKET! Glenn Maxwell gets rid of Martin Guptill (15). Score - NZ 33/2 in 11.2 overs
Glenn Maxwell, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
New Zealand in ICC CWC 2015 (Run Rate during powerplay) - CWC 2015: 7.70; Today: 3.10
Martin Guptill vs Mitchell Johnson (Head to Head in ODIs) - Innings 11; Runs: 95; Outs: 2; Bat S/R: 72.0
Mitchell Johnson (ICC CWC 2015) - Matches: 8; Wickets: 12; Average: 24.67; Economy: 5.37; Best: 4-22
Martin Guptill (14*) and Kane Williamson (11*) take New Zealand to 31/1 in 10 overs.
Mitchell Johnson, comes into the attack
Martin Guptill vs Left-Arm Seamers (Since 2011) - Innings: 20; Runs: 210; Dismissals: 10; Average: 21; S/R: 73.4
New Zealand in ICC CWC 2015 (Run Rate during powerplay) - CWC 2015: 7.70; Today: 3.64
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is bowled for no score by Australia's Mitchell Starc during the Cricket World Cup final. (AP Photo)
Martin Guptill (13*) and Kane Williamson (1*) take New Zealand to 18/1 in 5 overs.
Martin Guptill (ICC CWC 2015) - Matches: 9; Runs: 538; Average: 76.86; Strike Rate: 108.5; Best: 237*
Starc's early roar!
Australia's Mitchell Starc celebrates after taking the wicket of New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum for no score during the World Cup final. (AP Photo)
Mitchell Starc (ICC CWC 2015) - Matches: 8; Wickets: 21; Average: 9.76; Economy: 3.58; Best: 6-28
Missing the defending champions!
Josh Hazlewood, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack for Australia
Kane Williamson, right handed bat, comes to the crease
WICKET! Mitchell Starc strikes in the very first over to dismiss Brendon McCullum (0). Score - NZ 1/1 in 0.5 overs
Mitchell Starc starts the Australian attack
Here it goes! Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill walk out to the field to start the New Zealand innings
Australia vs New Zealand - Number Game
Australia's best bat - Steve Smith
Steve Smith's last 12 ODI innings in Australia have produced 812 runs at an average of 81.2 and a strike rate of 96.4.
Clarke's last hurrah in ODIs
It's a special game. I would have batted first. The wicket looks fantastic so the toss doesn't matter I guess. Same XI for us. Need to play good cricket. The boys are mentally ready to go. The Australian public have been so supportive. Hopefully we can play some entertaining cricket for them today.
It's been great, tremendous semi-final the other day, it's been a great tournament so far. We will bat first. The wicket looks outstanding, so put the runs on the board. We've got the same team. We are really happy and we know we will play well today. We need to stay pretty stable emotionally. We've been very fortunate to have a lot of support from back home. It's going to be a great final.
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steven Smith, Michael Clarke(c), Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin(w), James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood
New Zealand (Playing XI): Brendon McCullum(c), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi(w), Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
New Zealand win toss and decide to bat first against Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final
'Boult' the man for Kiwis
15 of Trent Boult's 21 wickets in the tournament have been batsmen batting at numbers 1-4; this percentage of 71.4% is the highest of anyone taking at least 10 wickets.
The Black Caps are attempting to record their 300th ODI victory. They have lost 339 and tied six.
Australia have lost the toss in six of their last seven completed ODIs against New Zealand on home soil, but have won five of these seven meetings.
It's probably no secret that most of the other teams around the world would probably fair New Zealand to win over Australia.
I believe if we play our best, we can beat New Zealand
AUSTRALIA: Expectant. Everyone wants them to pull off a grand swansong for Clarke and prove their credentials as the best around, so there will be pressure too. How they go about stifling New Zealand's flair will hold the key. Like New Zealand, they are likely to field an unchanged side.
Oz warming up at MCG
NEW ZEALAND: Having the time of their lives, as McCullum has said. While all the spotlight is on Clarke, their own senior statesman Daniel Vettori too, in all likelihood, will be playing his last game. They have already announced an unchanged side for the final.
Huge crowd at fan zone!
Unbeaten New Zealand are playing outside home for the first time in this World Cup
X-Factor: Australia vs New Zealand
The pacemen, who dictated the course of their league encounter. If there is even a hint of swing, Trent Boult and Tim Southee will be a handful for the Aussies. But then The Aussies have Mitchell Starc and Johnson, who raised his game against India in the semifinal. Boult's 21 wickets in 8 games, incidentally, is just one more than Starc's tally.
Australia's journey so far in the World Cup
It is the ultimate Trans-Tasman clash on a sporting field and another World Cup final featuring the co-hosts, after India vs Sri Lanka in the last edition in 2011.
Australia are four-time champions. New Zealand are in their first final and looking to step out of the shadow of their more successful neighbours.
Unbeaten New Zealand face their toughest challenge in hosts Australia in their quest to win their maiden World Cup title.