It’s the same old story once again as Australia they won their fifth World Cup when Steve Smith pulled Matt HEnry for a boundary to beat New Zealand by 7 wickets in the Finals of the 2015 ICC World Cup at the MCG. With this, Australia have taken the World Champions tag from India. Chasing 184 to win from 50 overs, Aussies reached home with over 18 overs to spare.

With a target well within reach, Australia lost Aaron Finch in the early in the innings as he was dismissed caught and bowled by Trent Boult in the second over. It was when David Warner launched a counter attack that eased the pressure on him and his partner Steve Smith. Warner raced to a quick-fire 45 off 46 balls before he was caught by Grant Elliott off Matt Henry at the deep square leg region.

Skipper Michael Clarke and Steve Smith stitched together a 112 run partnership that took the game away from New Zealand. Clarke started off slowly but as his innings progressed, he batted fluently and reached his 58th ODI fifty. When it all seemed like Clarke will score the winning runs just like what MS Dhoni did 4 years back, he chipped on a Henry delivery on to the stumps and ended his ODI career with a match winning 72 ball 74. Steve Smith reached his fifth consecutive fifty and remained unbeaten on 56.

James Faulkner was declared the Man of the Match for the three crucial wickets early on.


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