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ICC World Cup Final: Baggy Greens win by 7 wickets for 5th title

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03-30-2015 10:48 BJT

The ICC World Cup where co-hosts Australia and New Zealand were facing off in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The neighbours are hardly strangers on the pitch and had already met in the group stage where the Kiwis narrowly edged the Baggy Greens.

But playing for the trophy is a different story, and this would be New Zealand's first trip to the final while the Aussies, led by captain Michael Clarke who's playing his last One Day International, are chasing their fifth trophy at the sport's biggest event.

The ICC World Cup where co-hosts Australia and New Zealand were facing off in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The ICC World Cup where co-hosts Australia and New Zealand were facing off in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The ICC World Cup where co-hosts Australia and New Zealand were facing off in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The ICC World Cup where co-hosts Australia and New Zealand were facing off in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Kiwi's win the toss and bat first. A disastrous start as captain Brendon McCullum is bowled by Mitchell Starc on just the fifth ball leaving New Zealand 1-1.

Martin Guptill, who had a World Cup record 237 runs earlier in the tournament, restores a bit of confidence to his side with this six.

But that doesn't last long as he's bowled by Glenn Maxwell after reaching only 15 runs. Kiwis 33-2.

Then Ross Taylor is out on a brilliant diving catch by Brad Haddin. New Zealand would finish with a very disappointing total of 183 runs.

But a comeback seems possible when Aaron Finsh goes down early off the bowling of Trent Boult leaving Australia 2-1.

But Clarke steps up and delivers this Daniel Vettori offering to the stands to give them 129-2.

And the Baggy Greens captain will find the boundary for four and the Aussies only need another 15 runs from 19 overs.

And Steve Smith will score the winning runs with a four to spark the celebrations. Australia easily win by seven wickets to claim their fifth World Cup title, a victory made even more significant after the tragic death of teammate Phillip Hughes last year.

Clarke's last ODI is one of the greatest glory as he gets to hoist the trophy on home soil.

"For us to raise that trophy, the World Cup trophy, I think was very special for all the players. Yeah it's been, like I say, 245 games for my country, I have been absolutely blessed, I couldn't ask to have been a part of any better team, whether when I started my career when I won the World Cup in 2007 and when we won tonight," said Michael Clarke, Australia Captain.

"I've played with some unbelievable players and this team is no different. This team is full of amazing talent, I think at the end of a lot of their careers they'll be greats of the game." 

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