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Australia defeat New Zealand to win their fifth World Cup title.

Despair for New Zealand, who got to the end of their fairytale Cricket World Cup story only to find Australia had penned a cruel twist on the final page.

Their worst fears were realised; Brendon McCullum failed, the batsman save Grant Elliott could not resist the exhibition of left-arm pace by Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson and James Faulkner, and the World Cup final was an anticlimax.

Australia win the cup for the fifth time on the back of a world class performance, a seven-wicket victory over New Zealand sending most of the 93,013 fans - a world record for a cricket match - at the Melbourne Cricket Ground into delirium and captain Michael Clarke into ODI retirement a world champion.

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Michael Clarke and the Australian cricket team celebrate after beating the Black Caps to win the World Cup in Melbourne.

Brendon McCullum and the Black Caps look on after losing the Cricket World Cup final by seven wickets to Australia at the MCG.

Michael Clarke and the Australian cricket team celebrate after beating the Black Caps to win the World Cup in Melbourne.

Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill and Matt Henry of New Zealand look dejected after their seven-wicket loss to the Australians in the Cricket World Cup final.

Michael Clarke and the Australian cricket team celebrate with the bubbly after beating the Black Caps to win the World Cup in Melbourne.

Shane Watson and Steve Smith of Australia celebrate after beating the Black Caps to win the Cricket World Cup in Melbourne.

Aussie batsmen Shane Watson and Steve Smith celebrate after beating the Black Caps to win the Cricket World Cup in Melbourne.

Steve Smith of Australia celebrates hitting the winning runs in the Cricket World Cup final against the Black Caps at Melbourne's MCG.

Members of the Australian cricket team take to the field in celebration after beating the Black Caps to win the Cricket World Cup final.

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke celebrates after scoring a half century during his side's successful run-chase against the Black Caps in the World Cup final.

New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori takes a moment in the field during the Cricket World Cup final against Australia at the MCG.

Australian skipper Michael Clarke sends one to the boundary against the Black Caps in the Cricket World Cup final.

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke sends one to the boundary against the Black Caps in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

New Zealand's captain Brendon McCullum (left) hands the ball to bowler Tim Southee in the Cricket World Cup final at Melbourne's MCG.

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke bats against the Black Caps in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

Black Caps bowler Matt Henry celebrates after taking the wicket of David Warner in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

Kiwi fans gather in Britomart, Auckland to cheer the Black Caps on against Australia during the final of the Cricket World Cup.

Australian opener David Warner reacts during his side's run-chase in the Cricket World Cup final against the Black Caps.

Kiwi fans gather in Britomart, Auckland to cheer the Black Caps on against Australia during the final of the Cricket World Cup.

Kiwi fans gather in Britomart, Auckland to cheer the Black Caps on against Australia during the final of the Cricket World Cup.

Australian No 3 Steve Smith in action against the Black Caps in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG in Melbourne.

Aussie opener David Warner of Australia puts one away against the Black Caps in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

The Black Caps celebrate after Trent Boult dismisses Aaron Finch in the Cricket World Cup final.

Australian opener Aaron Finch looks dejected after being dismissed by Trent Boult in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

New Zealand batsmen Tim Southee (left) and Trent Boult (centre) walk off the field after the Black Caps were dismissed for 183 in the World Cup final.

New Zealand's Trent Boult (left) walks off the field as members of the Australian team celebrate after the Black Caps were bowled out for 183.

Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin celebrate after the dismissal of Luke Ronchi in the Cricket World Cup final.

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson celebrates taking the wicket of Daniel Vettori in the Cricket World Cup final.

New Zealand's Grant Elliott (centre) reacts as he walks off the field after being dismissed for 83 runs during the Cricket World Cup final against Australia.

New Zealand's Luke Ronchi reacts as he walks off the field after being dismissed for a duck during the Cricket World Cup final against Australia.

Brad Haddin of Australia smiles as he passes rival wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi during the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

James Faulkner of Australia celebrates with his team mates after dismissing Black Caps allrounder Corey Anderson.

New Zealand's Corey Anderson is bowled by Australia's James Faulkner for a duck during the Cricket World Cup final.

Aussie quick James Faulkner celebrates after sending Black Caps allrounder Corey Anderson packing in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor trudges off the MCG after being caught by Australian keeper Brad Haddin in the Cricket World Cup final.

New Zealand's Grant Elliott gets one away against Australia in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

Ross Taylor congratulates teammate Grant Elliott on his half century during the Cricket World Cup final against Australia.

Ross Taylor of New Zealand bats during the World Cup final against Australia at Mlebourne's MCG.

Aussie quick Josh Hazlewood fields his own delivery during the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG in Melbourne.

Ross Taylor of New Zealand bats during the World Cup final against Australia at the MCG.

Black Caps batsman Kane Williamson watches as he is caught by Australia's Mitchell Johnson for twelve runs during the Cricket World Cup final.

Black Caps opener Martin Guptill is bowled by Aussie spinner Glenn Maxwell in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

Aussie spinner Glenn Maxwell celebrates after taking the wicket of Black Caps opener Martin Guptill in the Cricket World Cup final at the MCG.

Martin Guptill gets a hold of one during the Cricket World Cup final against Australia at the MCG in Melbourne.

Martin Guptill ducks for cover during the Cricket World Cup final against Australia at the MCG.

Brendon McCullum of New Zealand is bowled out by Mitchell Starc of Australia in the opening over of the Cricket World Cup final.

Mitchell Starc of Australia celebrates taking the wicket of Brendon McCullum of New Zealand during the Cricket World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Mitchell Starc of Australia is congratulated by teammates after getting the wicket of Brendon McCullum of New Zealand with his first over in the Cricket World Cup final.

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum (right) stands with his team mates during the playing of the national anthems before the start of their Cricket World Cup final match against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Iconic former New Zealand cricketer Martin Crowe inspects the pitch prior to the World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Gabrielle Garcia and Anna Rouse in Auckland, ready and waitng.

Black Caps supporters pose as they arrive for the Cricket World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Kiwi fans are flocking to the MCG in Melbourne to cheer on the Black Caps in the World Cup final against Australia.

Sonali Pedley-Gill, 8, Kai Pedley-Gill, 10, and father Stephen Pedley will backing the Black Caps during Sunday's game. The family, visiting from London, went along to the Australia versus Pakistan game earlier in the tournament.

Martin Crowe, Mark Taylor, Shane Bond and Ian Smith at the MCG in Melbourne ahead of the Cricket World Cup final.

Kiwi fans are flocking to the MCG in Melbourne to cheer on the Black Caps in the World Cup final against Australia.

Diehard fans are already trickling in to Auckland's fanzone downtown in Britomart, about an hour before the match is due to start.

Kiwi fans are flocking to the MCG in Melbourne to cheer on the Black Caps in the World Cup final against Australia.

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The Black Caps 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.

Clarke hit 74 from 72 balls but became Matt Henry's second victim with the finish line in sight. Fittingly, though, captain-in-waiting Steve Smith was there at the end, 56 not out.

New Zealand will reflect on a successful campaign which captivated the nation on the back of an attacking brand of cricket and eight successive wins to reach the final, but the result puts a dampener on things.

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The Black caps set Australia 184 runs to win their fifth World cup

"It's been one helluva ride," skipper McCullum said.

"We ran into an outstanding Australian team which continues to set the pace in world cricket. Congratulations to them, they deserved to win.

"It didn't unfold as we planned. We got ourselves back into the match but then they came at us again and took 7-30.

Australian batsman Steve Smith celebrates after helping his side win the Cricket World Cup final by seven wickets as ...
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Australian batsman Steve Smith celebrates after helping his side win the Cricket World Cup final by seven wickets as Black Caps bowler Matt Henry watches on at the MCG in Melbourne.

"We were second-best today.

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"We have no regrets and I'm immensely proud of the team. We walk away from this tournament with our heads held high."

There was a feeling New Zealand's best chance was to chase but McCullum wanted to be positive and set the tone, so he batted on a pristine pitch boasting few demons under the Melbourne sun. Fair call.

New Zealand's Grant Elliott put up a brave fight, scoring 83, as the Black Caps were rolled for 183 batting first in the ...
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New Zealand's Grant Elliott put up a brave fight, scoring 83, as the Black Caps were rolled for 183 batting first in the Cricket World Cup final against Australia.

But even a wonderful knock from Elliott couldn't save his team-mates' blushes, as they were rolled for 183 in 45 overs, about 100 runs shy of what they would have wanted.

Elliott, 36, looked a million dollars as he freely struck the ball and found the gaps in a continuation of the form which he showed in the semifinal win over South Africa.

He scored 83 from 82 balls, and shared in a 111-run stand for the fourth wicket with Ross Taylor (40 from 72), as New Zealand dragged themselves out of the mire at 39-3 in the 13th over to be poised for an imposing total, at 150-3 after 35 overs.

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But the first over of the batting power-play proved the most crucial of the innings, as Taylor was superbly caught by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and the dangerous Corey Anderson went two balls later for a duck.

Anderson missed a full, straight ball that didn't do much, Faulkner notched a double-wicket maiden, and in the next over Luke Ronchi was gone.

Suddenly three wickets had fallen for one run in just eight balls and Daniel Vettori was in with 14 overs to go and just 151 runs on the board.

Vettori made nine before he was skittled by Johnson, Elliott became Faulkner's third victim after an excellent rearguard effort which included seven fours and a six, and the tail didn't wag.

New Zealand lost 7-33 in the implosion.

Credit must go to Australia's three left-arm quicks, though, who were hostile from ball one and their in-the-face attitude was backed up in the field and by Haddin, who kept going verbally at New Zealand, in particular Elliott. They were not shy in sending the batsmen on their way.

Johnson finished with 3-30 from nine, Faulkner 3-26 from nine, and Starc 2-20 from eight. It was all high quality stuff, and simply too good.

McCullum, the key wicket for Australia, was back in the hutch in the first over, bowled for a three-ball duck by a rampant Starc who got it hooping early and had the New Zealand skipper's measure.

Guptill (15 off 34) was undone by offspinner Glenn Maxwell, a lazy shot ended in his off stump being rocked back.

It was an unfortunate way for the leading run-scorer at the World Cup - Guptill scored 547 runs, edging ahead of Kumar Sangakkara's 541 - to end the tournament.

In fact, it was an unfortunate end all around for the Kiwis.

New Zealand vs Australia

29 March 2015, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

New Zealand

MJ Guptill b GJ Maxwell 15
BB McCullum b MA Starc 0
KS Williamson c & b MG Johnson 12
LRPL Taylor c BJ Haddin b JP Faulkner 40
GD Elliott c BJ Haddin b JP Faulkner 83
CJ Anderson b JP Faulkner 0
L Ronchi c MJ Clarke b MA Starc 0
DL Vettori b MG Johnson 9
TG Southee run out (GJ Maxwell) 11
MJ Henry c MA Starc b MG Johnson 0
TA Boult not out 0
Extras (lb 7, wd 6, nb 0) 13
Total (for 10 wickets, 45.0 overs) 183

Fall: 1-1 (BB McCullum, 0.5), 2-33 (MJ Guptill, 11.2), 3-39 (KS Williamson, 12.2), 4-150 (LRPL Taylor, 35.1), 5-150 (CJ Anderson, 35.3), 6-151 (L Ronchi, 36.2), 7-167 (DL Vettori, 40.6), 8-171 (GD Elliott, 41.5), 9-182 (MJ Henry, 44.5), 10-183 (TG Southee, 44.6)

Bowling: MA Starc 8-0-20-2 (1w, JR Hazlewood 8-2-30-0, MG Johnson 9-0-30-3 (2w, GJ Maxwell 7-0-37-1 (1w, JP Faulkner 9-1-36-3, SR Watson 4-0-23-0 (2w

Australia

DA Warner c GD Elliott b MJ Henry 45
AJ Finch c & b TA Boult 0
SPD Smith not out 56
MJ Clarke b MJ Henry 74
SR Watson not out 2
Extras (lb 3, wd 6, nb 0) 9
Total (for 3 wickets, 33.1 overs) 186

Fall: 1-2 (AJ Finch, 1.4), 2-63 (DA Warner, 12.2), 3-175 (MJ Clarke, 31.1)

Bowling: TG Southee 8-0-65-0 (3w, TA Boult 10-0-40-1, DL Vettori 5-0-25-0, MJ Henry 9.1-0-46-2 (2w, CJ Anderson 1-0-7-0 (1w

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