All you need to know about ICC World Cup 2015 Final

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Melbourne, March 28: The biggest match of ICC World Cup 2015 will be played tomorrow at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). It is the final. Two teams, both co-hosts - Australia and New Zealand. They both played and won on the opening day (February 14) but the same will not happen on the final day (March 29) as one will lose.

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After 48 matches and 43 days of action, we are left with the two best sides in the 11th edition of the tournament. Who will take the trophy?

Captains Clarke (left) and McCullum shake hands in front of the World Cup trophy on the eve of the final

Here is what you all need to know about the FINAL

# Venue - Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), second time hosting the final (1st in 1992)

# Start time - 9 AM IST (2.30 PM Local) Day/night match

# Teams - Australia and New Zealand

# World rankings - Australia Number 1. New Zealand Number 4

# Captains - Michael Clarke (Australia) and Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)

# World Cup titles won - Australia - 4 (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007). New Zealand - 0

# Final appearances - Australia - 7th (2 lost - 1975, 1996). New Zealand - First

# MCG capacity - 90,000

# Australia captain Michael Clarke will retire from ODIs after tomorrow's match

# Sri Lanka's Kumar Dharmasena will tomorrow become the first person to play in World Cup final as well as officiate as an umpire. He played in 1996 final against Pakistan and won the trophy

# If the final ends in a tie, Super Over will be used to decide the winner. Read here

# If the match is interrupted by rain, it will resume from the same point the next day (1 reserve day). Full rules here


World Cup head-to-head record (9 meetings)

Australia won 6; New Zealand won 3

Squads

Australia: Michael Clarke (captain), George Bailey (vice-captain), Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Brad Haddin (wicketkeeper), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty.

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (captain), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Grant Elliott, Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper), Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, Trent Boult.

Guptill scored a record 237* at this World Cup

Match officials for the final

  • One-field umpires - Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Richard Kettleborough (England)
  • Third umpire - Marais Erasmus (South Africa)
  • Fourth umpire - Ian Gould (England)
  • Match referee - Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)

Tournament statistics for the finalists

Australia

  • Most runs - Steve Smith (346 runs)
  • Highe score - 178 - David Warner
  • Most sixes - 14 - Glenn Maxwell
  • Most fours - 35 - Maxwell
  • Most fifties - 3 - Smith
  • Best strike rate - 182.02 - Maxwell
  • Best average - 64.80 - Maxwell
  • Most wickets - Mitchell Starc (20 wickets)
  • Best bowling - 6/28 - Starc
  • Most maidens - 3 - Josh Hazlewood

Best average - 10.02 - Starc

Best economy - 2.80 - Michael Clarke


New Zealand

  • Most runs - Martin Guptill (532 runs)
  • Highe score - 237* - Guptill
  • Most sixes - 17 - Brendon McCullum
  • Most fours - 58 - Guptill
  • Most fifties - 4 - McCullum
  • Best strike rate - 191.81 - McCullum
  • Best average - 76 - Guptill
  • Most wickets - Trent Boult (21 wickets)
  • Best bowling - 7/33 - Tim Southee
  • Most maidens - 14 - Boult
  • Best average - 15.76 - Boult
  • Best economy - 3.98 - Daniel Vettori

Australian players celebrating a wicket at World Cup 2015

How they reached the final

Australia (6 wins, 1 loss, 1 no result)

  • Game 1 - Beat England by 111 runs
  • Game 2 - Match abandoned due to rain (Vs Bangladesh)
  • Game 3 - Lost to New Zealand by 1 wicket
  • Game 4 - Beat Afghanistan by 275 runs
  • Game 5 - Beat Sri Lanka by 64 runs
  • Game 6 - Beat Scotland by 7 wickets
  • Game 7 - Quarter-final - Beat Pakistan by 6 wickets
  • Game 8 - Semi-final - Beat India by 95 runs

New Zealand (8 wins in a row)

  • Game 1 - Beat Sri Lanka by 98 runs
  • Game 2 - Beat Scotland by 3 wickets
  • Game 3 - Beat England by 8 wickets
  • Game 4 - Beat Australia by 1 wicket
  • Game 5 - Beat Afghanistan by 6 wickets
  • Game 6 - Beat Bangladesh by 3 wickets
  • Game 7 - Quarter-final - Beat West Indies by 143 runs
  • Game 8 - Semi-final - Beat South Africa by 4 wickets (Duckworth/Lewis method)

Prize money breakdown (in US dollars)

Winner - $3,250,000

Runner-up - $1,500,000

Note: If a team wins the trophy without losing a match, they will receive a total prize money of $4,020,000, while a team that loses one match on the way to winning the tournament will get $3,975,000

Boult, World Cup 2015's leading wicket-taker

World Cup winning captains

  • Clive Lloyd (West Indies) - 1975, 79
  • Kapil Dev (India) - 1983
  • Allan Border (Australia) - 1987
  • Imran Khan (Pakistan) - 1992
  • Arjuna Ranatunga (Sri Lanka) - 1996
  • Steve Waugh (Australia) - 1999
  • Ricky Ponting (Australia) - 2003, 2007
  • MS Dhoni (India) - 2011

Previous Champions

  • 1975 - West Indies
  • 1979 - West Indies
  • 1983 - India
  • 1987 - Australia
  • 1992 - Pakistan
  • 1996 - Sri Lanka
  • 1999 - Australia
  • 2003 - Australia
  • 2007 - Australia
  • 2011 - India

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Most World Cups (4) - Australia

2 each - India, West Indies

1 each - Sri Lanka, Pakistan


Man-of-the-match award winners in World Cup finals (1975 to 2011)

  • 1975 - Clive Lloyd (West Indies) 102 Vs Australia
  • 1979 - Vivian Richards (West Indies) 138* Vs England
  • 1983 - Mohinder Amarnath (India) 26 and 3/12 Vs West Indies
  • 1987 - David Boon (Australia) 75 Vs England
  • 1992 - Wasim Akram (Pakistan) 33 and 3/49 Vs England
  • 1996 - Aravinda de Silva (Sri Lanka) 3/42 and 107* Vs Australia
  • 1999 - Shane Warne (Australia) 4/33 Vs Pakistan
  • 2003 - Ricky Ponting (Australia) 140* Vs India
  • 2007 - Adam Gilchrist (Australia) 149 and 3 catches as wicketkeeper Vs Sri Lanka
  • 2011 - MS Dhoni (India) 91* and 1 catch as wicketkeeper Vs Sri Lanka

Kiwi players enjoying their success in one of World Cup 2015 matches

About the World Cup Trophy

The current trophy was created for the 1999 championships, and was the first permanent prize in the tournament's history; prior to this, different trophies were made for each World Cup. The trophy was designed and produced in London by a team of craftsmen from Garrard & Co over a period of two months.

The current trophy is made from silver and gilt, and features a golden globe held up by three silver columns.

The columns, shaped as stumps and bails, represent the three fundamental aspects of cricket: batting, bowling and fielding, while the globe characterises a cricket ball. It stands 60cm high and weighs approximately 11kg.

The names of the previous winners are engraved on the base of the trophy, with space for a total of 20 inscriptions.

The original trophy is kept by the ICC. A replica, which differs only in the inscriptions, is permanently awarded to the winning team.

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