Riding on the excellent bowling performances from James Faulkner and Mitchell Johnson, Australia have secured a upper hand by dismissing New Zealand for a paltry total of 183 in the finals of the ICC World Cup 2015 at MCG.
After electing to bat, New Zealand were off to a worst possible start as their skipper Brendon McCullum lost his wicket in the very first over of the innings courtesy an unplayable inswinging yorker from Mitchell Starc, who is also now the leading wicket-taker in the tournament. Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson tried to steady the ship but got out in a span of six balls leaving New Zealand reeling at 39/3 in 13 overs. Ross Taylor and Grant Elliott, the hero of their semi-final win against South Africa, played sensibly and added 111 runs for the fourth wicket before Faulkner struck twice in the 35th over (the first over of the powerplay) to dash any hopes of New Zealand getting past a total of 250. Starc and Johnson then got rid of their tail and as a result, New Zealand got bundled out for five overs to spare. Elliott top-scored for them with 83.
Brief Scores: New Zealand 183 (Elliott 83, Johnson 3-30, Faulkner 3-36) vs Australia