WC 2015 – Game 49 – Australia vs New Zealand at Melbourne on 29.03.15 – Australia won by seven wickets

The finals of WC 2015 provided the 400th World Cup game. The following table lists out the games played in each edition.  The finals of WC 1999 provided the 200th World Cup game.

 

No World Cup Editions Mat
1 Prudential World Cup (in England), 1975 15
2 Prudential World Cup (in England), 1979 14
3 Prudential World Cup (in England), 1983 27
4 Reliance World Cup (in India/Pakistan), 1987/88 27
5 Benson & Hedges World Cup (in Australia/New Zealand), 1991/92 39
6 Wills World Cup (in India/Pakistan/Sri Lanka), 1995/96 36
7 ICC World Cup (in England/Ireland/Netherlands/Scotland), 1999 42
8 ICC World Cup (in Kenya/South Africa/Zimbabwe), 2002/03 52
9 ICC World Cup (in West Indies), 2006/07 51
10 ICC Cricket World Cup (in Bangladesh/India/Sri Lanka), 2010/11 49
11 ICC Cricket World Cup (in Australia/New Zealand), 2014/15 48
  Total 400

 

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first to provide the 192nd occasion of a team batting first in a World Cup game. New Zealand lost this game after it  had won the toss and elected to bat to provide the 92nd occasion of a team losing the World Cup game after winning the toss  and elected to bat first.

 

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first to provide the 15th occasion of New Zealand batting first in a World Cup game. New Zealand lost this game after it had won the toss and elected to bat to provide the eighth occasion of New Zealand losing the World Cup game after winning the toss and elected to bat first.

 

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first to provide the sixth occasion of a team batting first in a World Cup final. All such occasions are listed below. New Zealand lost this game after it had won the toss and elected to bat to provide the eighth occasion of New Zealand losing the World Cup game after winning the toss and elected to bat first.

 

No Team Score Overs Inns Result Opposition Ground Date
1 Australia 253/05 50.0 1 won v England Kolkata 08.11.87
2 Pakistan 249/06 50.0 1 won v England Melbourne 25.03.92
3 Pakistan 132/10 39.0 1 lost v Australia Lord’s 20.06.99
4 Australia 281/04 38.0 1 won v Sri Lanka Bridgetown 28.04.07
5 Sri Lanka 274/06 50.0 1 lost v India Mumbai 02.04.11
6 New Zealand 183/10 45.0 1 lost v Australia Melbourne 29.03.15

 

New Zealand lost this game after it had won the toss and elected to bat to provide the third occasion of a team losing the World Cup final after winning the toss and elected to bat first.

 

No Team Score Overs Inns Result Opposition Ground Date
1 Pakistan 132/10 39.0 1 lost v Australia Lord’s 20.06.99
2 Sri Lanka 274/06 50.0 1 lost v India Mumbai 02.04.11
3 New Zealand 183/10 45.0 1 lost v Australia Melbourne 29.03.15

 

Australia won this game by seven wickets and represents its fifth win in the finals of the World Cup. All such occasions are listed below.

 

No Team Result Margin BR Toss Bat Oppn Ground Date
1 Australia won 007 runs   won 1st Eng Kolkata 08.11.87
2 Australia won 008 wkts 179 lost 2nd Pak Lord’s 20.06.99
3 Australia won 125 runs   lost 1st Ind Johannesburg 23.03.03
4 Australia won 053 runs   won 1st Srl Bridgetown 28.04.07
5 Australia won 007 wkts 101 lost 2nd NZl Melbourne 29.03.15

 

The following table lists out the winners of all the eleven finals of the World Cup and also the break up team wise

 

No Team Result Margin BR Toss Bat Oppn Ground Date
1 Win won 017 runs   lost 1st Aus Lord’s 21.06.75
2 Win won 092 runs   lost 1st Eng Lord’s 23.06.79
3 Ind won 043 runs   lost 1st Win Lord’s 25.06.83
4 Aus won 007 runs   won 1st Eng Kolkata 08.11.87
5 Pak won 022 runs   won 1st Eng Melbourne 25.03.92
6 Srl won 007 wkts 022 won 2nd Aus Lahore 17.03.96
7 Aus won 008 wkts 179 lost 2nd Pak Lord’s 20.06.99
8 Aus won 125 runs   lost 1st Ind Johannesburg 23.03.03
9 Aus won 053 runs   won 1st Sri Bridgetown 28.04.07
10 Ind won 006 wkts 010 lost 2nd Srl Mumbai 02.04.11
11 Aus won 007 wkts 101 lost 2nd NZl Melbourne 29.03.15

 

 

BREAK UP – TEAM WISE
No Team Result Margin BR Toss Bat Oppn Ground Date
1 Aus won 007 runs   won 1st Eng Kolkata 08.11.87
2 Aus won 008 wkts 179 lost 2nd Pak Lord’s 20.06.99
3 Aus won 125 runs   lost 1st Ind Johannesburg 23.03.03
4 Aus won 053 runs   won 1st Sri Bridgetown 28.04.07
5 Aus won 007 wkts 101 lost 2nd NZl Melbourne 29.03.15
                   
1 Ind won 043 runs   lost 1st Win Lord’s 25.06.83
2 Ind won 006 wkts 010 lost 2nd Srl Mumbai 02.04.11
                   
1 Pak won 022 runs   won 1st Eng Melbourne 25.03.92
                   
1 Srl won 007 wkts 022 won 2nd Aus Lahore 17.03.96
                   
1 Win won 017 runs   lost 1st Aus Lord’s 21.06.75
2 Win won 092 runs   lost 1st Eng Lord’s 23.06.79

 

LRPL Taylor and GD Eliott added 111 runs for the fourth wicket in this game to provide the 263rd occasion of batsmen posting a three figure partnership in a World Cup game. It also provides the 39th occasion of batsmen posting a three figure partnership for the fourth wicket in the World Cup

 

LRPL Taylor and GD Eliott added 111 runs for the fourth wicket in this game to provide the 27th occasion of New Zealand batsmen posting a three figure partnership in a World Cup game. It also provides the sixth occasion of New Zealand batsmen posting a three figure partnership for the fourth wicket in the World Cup

 

SPD Smith and MJ Clarke added 112 runs for the third wicket in this game to provide the 264th occasion of batsmen posting a three figure partnership in a World Cup game. It also provides the 65th occasion of batsmen posting a three figure partnership for the third wicket in the World Cup

 

SPD Smith and MJ Clarke added 112 runs for the third wicket in this game to provide the 41st occasion of Australian batsmen posting a three figure partnership in a World Cup game. It also provides the eleventh occasion of Australian batsmen posting a three figure partnership for the third wicket in the World Cup

 

LRPL Taylor-GD Eliott added 111 runs for the fourth wicket and SPD Smith-MJ Clarke added 112 runs for the third wicket in this game to provide the 12th and 13th occasion of batsmen posting a three figure partnership in a World Cup final

 

No Partners Wkt Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Date
1 RB Kanhai/CH Lloyd 4 149 1 Win Aus Lord’s 21.06.75
2 CL King/IVA Richards 5 139 1 Win Engg Lord’s 23.06.79
3 G Boycott/JM Brearley 1 129 2 Eng Win Lord’s 23.06.79
4 Imran Khan/Javed Miandad 3 139 1 Pak Eng Melbourne 25.03.92
5 RT Ponting/MA Taylor 2 101 1 Aus Srl Lahore 17.03.96
6 PA de Silva/AP Gurusinha 3 125 2 Srl Aus Lahore 17.03.96
7 AC Gilchrist/ML Hayden 1 105 1 Aus Ind Johannesburg 23.03.03
8 DR Martyn/RT Ponting 3 234* 1 Aus Ind Johannesburg 23.03.03
9 AC Gilchrist/ML Hayden 1 172 1 Aus Srl Bridgetown 28.04.07
10 ST Jayasuriya/KC Sangakkara 2 116 2 Srl Aus Bridgetown 28.04.07
11 MS Dhoni/G Gambhir 4 109 2 Ind Srl Mumbai 02.04.11
12 GD Elliott/LRPL Taylor 4 111 1 NZl Aus Melbourne 29.03.15
13 MJ Clarke/SPD Smith 3 112 2 Aus NZl Melbourne 29.03.15

 

LRPL Taylor-GD Eliott added 111 runs for the fourth wicket to provide the third occasion of batsmen posting a three figure partnership for the fourth wicket in a World Cup final. All such occasions are listed below

 

No Partners Wkt Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Date
1 RB Kanhai/CH Lloyd 4 149 1 Win Aus Lord’s 21.06.75
2 MS Dhoni/G Gambhir 4 109 2 Ind Srl Mumbai 02.04.11
3 GD Elliott/LRPL Taylor 4 111 1 NZl Aus Melbourne 29.03.15

 

SPD Smith-MJ Clarke added 112 runs for the third wicket in this game to provide the fourth occasion of batsmen posting a three figure partnership for the third wicket in a World Cup final. All such occasions are listed below

 

No Partners Wkt Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Date
1 Imran Khan/Javed Miandad 3 139 1 Pak Eng Melbourne 25.03.92
2 PA de Silva/AP Gurusinha 3 125 2 Srl Aus Lahore 17.03.96
3 DR Martyn/RT Ponting 3 234* 1 Aus Ind Johannesburg 23.03.03
4 MJ Clarke/SPD Smith 3 112 2 Aus NZl Melbourne 29.03.15

 

MJ Clarke scored 74 in this game to provide the 155th occasion of a captain scoring a fifty in a World Cup game.  It also provides the 21st occasion of an Australian captain scoring a fifty in a World Cup game.

 

MJ Clarke scored 74 in this game to provide the eighth occasion of a captain scoring a fifty in a World Cup final.  All such occasions are listed below

 

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 CH Lloyd 102 1 Win Aus Lord’s 21 Jun 1975
2 IM Chappell 62 2 Aus Win Lord’s 21 Jun 1975
3 JM Brearley 64 2 Eng Win Lord’s 23 Jun 1979
4 Imran Khan 72 1 Pak Eng Melbourne 25 Mar 1992
5 MA Taylor 74 1 Aus Srl Lahore 17 Mar 1996
6 RT Ponting 140* 1 Aus Ind Johannesburg 23 Mar 2003
7 MS Dhoni 91* 2 Ind Srl Mumbai 02 Apr 2011
8 MJ Clarke 74 2 Aus NZl Melbourne 29 Mar 2015

 

MJ Clarke scored 74 in this game to provide the fourth occasion of an Australian captain scoring a fifty in a World Cup final.  All such occasions are listed below

 

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 IM Chappell 62 2 Aus Win Lord’s 21 Jun 1975
2 MA Taylor 74 1 Aus Srl Lahore 17 Mar 1996
3 RT Ponting 140* 1 Aus Ind Johannesburg 23 Mar 2003
4 MJ Clarke 74 2 Aus NZl Melbourne 29 Mar 2015

 

Australia’s and New Zealand’s performance in the World Cup are tabulated below. Australia’s number of matches {84} and its wins {62} are records for World Cup. Australia is the only team in the World Cup to play 80 plus matches and to win 60 plus matches.

 

Team Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR
Australia 1975-2015 84 62 20 1 1
New Zealand 1975-2015 79 48 30 0 1

 

BB McCullum scored a duck in this game to provide the 44th occasion of a captain scoring a duck in a World Cup game. It also provides the third occasion of a New Zealand captain scoring a duck in a World Cup game. BB McCullum with his duck in this game became the first captain to score a duck in the World Cup final

 

BB McCullum scored a duck in this game to provide the tenth occasion of a captain opener scoring a

duck in a World Cup game. All such occasions are listed below. It also provides the second occasion of a New Zealand captain opener scoring a duck in a World Cup game. SP Fleming had failed to open his account against Sri Lanka at St George’s on 12.04.07

 

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 JM Brearley 0 2 Eng Can Manchester 13 Jun 1979
2 JM Brearley 0 1 Eng Pak Leeds 16 Jun 1979
3 GA Gooch 0 2 Eng Zim Albury 18 Mar 1992
4 MA Atherton 0 2 Eng RSA Rawalpindi 25 Feb 1996
5 AJ Stewart 0 2 Eng RSA The Oval 22 May 1999
6 MP Vaughan 0 2 Eng Srk North Sound 04 Apr 2007
7 SP Fleming 0 1 NZl Srl St George’s 12 Apr 2007
8 WTS Porterfield 0 2 Ire Eng Bangalore 02 Mar 2011
9 AJ Strauss 0 1 Eng RSA Chennai 06 Mar 2011
10 BB McCullum 0 1 NZl Aus Melbourne 29 Mar 2015

 

BB McCullum of New Zealand and AJ Finch of Australia failed to open their accounts in this game to provide the 115th and 116th occasion of an opening batsman scoring zeroes in a Word Cup game. BB McCullum’s zero provide the 12th occasion of a New Zealand opening batsman to score a duck in a World Cup game, while J Finch’s zero provide the sixth occasion of an Australian opening batsman to score a duck in a World Cup game

 

BB McCullum of New Zealand and AJ Finch of Australia failed to open their accounts in this game to provide the fourth and fifth occasion of an opening batsman scoring zeroes in a Word Cup final. All such occasions are listed below

 

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 RT Robinson 0 2 Eng Aus Kolkata 08 Nov 1987
2 IT Botham 0 2 Eng Pak Melbourne 25 Mar 1992
3 V Sehwag 0 2 Ind Srk Mumbai 02 Apr 2011
4 BB McCullum 0 1 NZl Aus Melbourne 29 Mar 2015
5 AJ Finch 0 2 Aus NZl Melbourne 29 Mar 2015

 

BB McCullum of New Zealand and AJ Finch of Australia failed to open their accounts in this game to provide the fifth occasion of  rival opening batsman scoring zeroes in a Word Cup game and the first such occasion in a Word Cup final.

 

BB McCullum, CJ Anderson, L Ronchi and MJ Henry scored ducks in this game to provide the 18th occasion of four or more batsmen scoring ducks in an innings of a World Cup game. It also provides the second occasion of four or more batsmen scoring ducks in a World Cup final. The other occasions are witnessed in England’s innings against West Indies at Lord’s on 23.06.79. DI Gower, W Larkins, CM Old, RW Taylor and M Hendrick were the five England batsmen who failed to open their account

 

SPD Smith-MJ Clarke added 112 runs for the third wicket in this game to provide the 50th occasion of batsmen posting a three figure partnership for various wickets in WC 2015. This is the first occasion of batsmen posting 50 three figure partnerships in an edition of World Cup, thus constituting a record for most three figure partnerships in an edition of the World Cup. The previous best was 38 thee figure partnerships in 2011 edition. The following table lists out the three figure partnerships in each edition of the World Cup arranged in descending order

 

No World Cup Edition TFPs
1 ICC Cricket World Cup (in Australia/New Zealand), 2014/15 50
2 ICC Cricket World Cup (in Bangladesh/India/Sri Lanka), 2010/11 38
3 ICC World Cup (in West Indies), 2006/07 32
4 Wills World Cup (in India/Pakistan/Sri Lanka), 1995/96 28
5 ICC World Cup (in Kenya/South Africa/Zimbabwe), 2002/03 25
6 Benson & Hedges World Cup (in Australia/New Zealand), 1991/92 23
7 ICC World Cup (in England/Ireland/Netherlands/Scotland), 1999 21
8 Reliance World Cup (in India/Pakistan), 1987/88 15
9 Prudential World Cup (in England), 1983 14
10 Prudential World Cup (in England), 1975 10
11 Prudential World Cup (in England), 1979 08

 

MJ Clarke of Australia scored 74 in the final of WC 2015 against New Zealand at Sydney on 29.03.15. It was his last appearance in one day games. He was leading Australia in this game. He became the ninth captain in the history of one day games to score fifty plus runs on his last one day appearance

 

BRM Taylor of Zimbabwe is the only captain to score a hundred on his last one day appearance. He scored 138 against India at Auckland on 14.03.15. The following table lists all the nine captains

 

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Date
1 APB Tennekoon 59 1 Srl NZl Nottingham 09 Jun 1979
2 Imran Khan 72 1 Pak Eng Melbourne 25 Mar 1992
3 KC Wessels 51 1 RSA Pak Faisalabad 28 Oct 1994
4 A Ranatunga 50 1 Srl Ken Southampton 30 May 1999
5 WJ Cronje 79 2 RSA Pak Sharjah 31 Mar 2000
6 MP Vaughan 79 2 Eng Win Bridgetown 21 Apr 2007
7 Rizwan Cheema 55 1 Can Ken Dubai (CA) 13 Mar 2013
8 BRM Taylor 138 1 Zim Ind Auckland 14 Mar 2015
9 MJ Clarke 74 2 Aus NZl Melbourne 29 Mar 2015

 

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