Australia and New Zealand reach ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final

The two host nations will meet at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 29th.

It has been six weeks of high-class cricket, but now the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup has its two finalists - Australia and New Zealand.

The host nations survived through tough semi-finals to set up a final that the world of cricket has been waiting for. Under the gaze of the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, this pair of cricketing heavyweights will battle it out for the ultimate prize. For Australia, it could mean a fifth World Cup crown in front of their home crowd while New Zealand would be lifting their first-ever title.

In the semi-finals, New Zealand and South Africa played out one of the best games of cricket ever to grace the World Cup. Chasing 281 for five, the Kiwis squeezed through, posting a score of 299/6 to claim a four-wicket win by D/L method. In Sydney, it was much straightforward affair for Australia as they breezed past India to win by 95 runs.

The two now face off at Melbourne Cricket Ground in the final on March 29th. Here is our round-up of the two semi-finals.


New Zealand beat South Africa by four wickets (D/L method)

Host nation New Zealand reached the ICC World Cup final with a pulsating win over South Africa in Auckland. Chasing 281/5, the unbeaten Kiwis needed five runs from the final two balls of what had been an incredible match. Grant Elliott hit Dale Steyn's delivery for a six to give New Zealand a four-wicket win.

The home side had been pushed all the way by South Africa with Faf du Plessis scoring 82 in the first innings. The dismissals of Martin Guptill and captain Brendon McCullum had put New Zealand on the back foot until Elliott stepped up to the crease. An 84 not out, combined with Corey Anderson's 58, helped New Zealand reach the first World Cup final in their history.


Australia beat India by 95 runs

Australia bulldozed their way into yet another World Cup final with a convincing 95-run victory over reigning champions India. Steve Smith was the hero for the Aussies as he scored 105 runs off 93 balls while Aaron Finch scored 81. It left India chasing 328/7, the highest score in a World Cup semi-final.

It was something they simply could not match. Only captain MS Dhoni was able to get past a half century, scoring 65. James Faulkner and Mitchell Starc picked off the Indian batting order with three and two wickets respectively.

The win pits the two hosts together, but Australia will be wary of New Zealand's capabilities as was shown in the Kiwis' one-wicket victory over the Aussies in Auckland during the group stage.



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