Australia wins 2015 Cricket World Cup
Eight years after they last won the World Cup, Australia became the only team to win the cup for the fifth time on the back of a world class performance, a seven-wicket victory over New Zealand sending fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground into frenzy.Favorites going into the tournament and ranked number in the world, the Aussie cricket national team came up against New Zealand who were playing their first World Cup final in history. For the record no other team has more than two – the two being India and West Indies.On the back of a seventh semi-final win in as many attempts,Australia was crowned for the fifth time as World champions.They also broke hoodoo in the Melbourne final of home teams not winning the title only for the second time in Cricket World Cup history after India did so in Mumbai four years ago.New Zealand team fought in the field, chipped three wickets out, but 183 was never enough to defend and the target was achieved off the first ball of the 34th over.
Australian Captain Michael Clarke hit 74 from 72 balls. New Zealand had won all their group matches with authority except for the match against Australia which they won it by one wicket.On the other hand, Australia had lost narrowly to New Zealand in the group stage but won all the other matches.When Australia powered into the World Cup final with a 95-run victory over defending champions India in Sydney last week, I knew that Cricket’s greatest and most successful nation was step away from winning the Cricket World.I watched the unfolding events in Sydney especially when Steve Smith struck a fluent 105 from 93 balls and Aaron Finch 81 as Australia posted 328-7, the highest score in a World Cup semi-final it didn’t matter whether India’s solid start mattered and defending champions lost four wickets for 32 runs and fell well short on 233 despite captain MS Dhoni making 65.
Today, the weather in Melbourne didn’t disappoint as sunny weather did justice to what was described as the largest crowd attendance ever at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with over 93,013 people at the Cricket World Cup final between two brotherly neighbors Australia and New Zealand and as one commentator noted there was not a single scarf in sight at the ground.Seldom has the ‘People’s Ground’ seen so much gold for a game of cricket.The pick was the group stage match between India and South Africa on 22 February which there were more than 86,000 people cheering on their respective teams, a phenomenal result given that neither of the host teams were involved.#GoGold was Sunday morning trending on Twitter in Australia.I haven’t seen Australian national anthem sung with such zestfulness as today.On the field, players and team officials have reported being delighted with the quality of pitches, outfields and training facilities.Born in a cricket mad neighborhood, I’ve never missed a cricket World Cup final on telly for the last 6 finals.More than 93,000 people stood up when Captain Micheal Clarke, a champion and great man left the field in the final moments of the game.
Beside Australia being crowned champions, there are plenty of records that were smashed which was a milestone for the sport.Statistics released on the eve of final showed there were two double-centuries, seven scores in excess of 150 and 38 centuries, 28 four-wicket hauls that included two hat-tricks.ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Television audience has seen broadcast by 44 licensees, in seven languages across 220 territories and according to official statistics India versus Pakistan group match drew an estimated television audience of more than 288 million in India alone.The Australia versus England match was watched by 2.1 million people in Australia alone.In radio, there are more than 10 radio licensees who were broadcasting the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 matches live into 80 territories. Online figures weren’t bad either with the official website attracting 26.25 million unique visitors accumulating an incredible 227 million page views and incredible increment from the 2011 ICC cricket World in Mumbai.The official app has so far been downloaded 3.6 million times and has been the number-one sports app in no fewer than 48 countries and your blogger is one of those who downloaded the app.For New Zealand, the team will reflect on a successful campaign which captivated the small nation on the back of an attacking brand of cricket and eight successive wins to reach the final.For the past one-and-a-half months, Cricket fans including Contador Harrison witnessed some intriguing contests among 14 teams for the coveted trophy. It has now come to the end with Australia winning ICC World Cup 2015 trophy.
Player of the 2015 Cricket World Cup final Match – James P Faulkner – Australia
Player of the 2015 Cricket World Cup – Mitchell A. Starc – Australia
Australia 2015 Cricket World Cup Final Team:AJ Finch, DA Warner, SPD Smith, MJ Clarke, SR Watson, GJ Maxwell, JP Faulkner, BJ Haddin, MG Johnson, MA Starc, JR Hazlewood.
New Zealand 2015 Cricket World Cup Finals Team:MJ Guptill, BB McCullum, KS Williamson, LRPL Taylor, GD Elliott, CJ Anderson, L Ronchi, DL Vettori, MJ Henry, TG Southee, TA Boult.