WC 2015: New Zealand, the team to play the 1st & final match

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Sydney, March 25: New Zealand, who made their first-ever World Cup final on Tuesday after beating South Africa by 4 wickets in a thriller in Auckland, will create a record of playing the first and the final match of the 11th edition of the quadrennial tournament.

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New Zealand will meet the winner of the second semifinal to be played in Sydney tomorrow between defending champions India and Australia.


The Black Caps had beaten Sri Lanka by 98 runs in the opening match of the World Cup at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on February 14. The side led by dashing batsman Brendon McCullum went on to win eight matches in the World Cup to make their maiden final.

Only the West Indies have the record of playing the first and the final match of a World Cup. In 1979, the Caribbeans had beaten India by 9 wickets at Edbagston in Birmingham to begin their campaign as the defending champions in style. The West Indies led by Clive Lloyd went on to beat hosts England in the final at the Lord's by 92 runs.

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