CWC15 Final Preview
Australia vs New Zealand
New Zealand look to thwart stalwarts Australia
The big day is here. The day which all cricket admirers awaited since the evening of 02nd April 2011. The CWC15 FINAL is here and one has to agree that if the best four teams made it to the semi finals then arguably two best teams made it to the finals.
Both Australia and New Zealand played some of the best crickets in this CWC15. It was witnessed when these two teams faced each other in the group stage when Australia bundled out for an ostensibly paltry score of 151 while batting first on a ground having small boundaries. Apart from that the pitch had no apparent demons in it as Australia was cruising at one stage.
But it was the sheer talent of the bowlers of both the teams that in an era where the proceedings are dominated by batsmen bowlers brought the game so close where the win margin was 1 wicket and just 303 runs were scored on the day.
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This is the difference between Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the teams eliminated. The benefit will always lie with the team having a potent bowling attack to compliment the powerful batting line-up. With the rules skewed in favour of the batsmen the bowlers, rather than batsmen, will play a vital role in the performance of the team. Bowlers like Mitchell Starc and Trent Boult have that X factor to take their respective teams to the top. Ironically, with all the rules in favour of the batsmen, this world cup will be won or lost by the bowlers of the team.
Having said that we all have witnessed the bowling prowess these two teams possess with Mitchell Starc and Trent Boult spearheading their respective team’s bowling. Aiding these two perfectly are Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood, Tim Southee and Daniel Vettori.
However, the last name in that mini list could make a difference come Sunday in the big game : Daniel Vettori. Past Australian players are laying emphasis on the fact that New Zealand are playing outside their country for the first time in this tournament. Also the ground is too big compared to the grounds New Zealand has played on. But they are missing the fact that the big boundaries is in favor of the lone quality spinner in the match. With the ball not expected to turn much, not that Vettori tries to spin it, his guile might prove to be the difference between the two teams. Not to forget it was Dan who triggered the collapse when these two sides met in the group match by bowling stringing together tight overs and taking the vital wicket of Shane Watson.
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The two captains, Brendon McCullum and Michael Clarke have been class apart. The aggressiveness combined with the deftness two have displayed was amazing to watch. The confidence they showed in their players was heartening. Whether it was Martin Guptill, who was struggling with form, or Shane Watson both captains stuck with their players and when they came good they proved to be the match winners for their respective teams. In fact Martin Guptill is just nine runs behind to overtake Kumar Sangakkara as the highest run scorer of the tournament, CWC15.
Batting from both the sides has been powerful. Whether it is McCullum’s blitz at the top for New Zealand or Maxwell’s barrage lower down there is lot to look forward to in respect to the batting blitzkrieg.
However, one concern lingers for team Australia, the opening partnership. In the seven matches they have played they highest opening partnership is 57 and that too was in their first game. The opening partnership has not crossed 20 in the remaining games.
For New Zealand though, their concern is the fifth bowler as Corey Anderson and Grant Elliott were easily mauled when they bowled against quality batsmen who the Australians are not short of.
This is summit clash and with the battle of equals it will be always be the one who handles the pressure well and wins the key moments of the game. Tune in to watch the Cricket World Cup 2015 Final.
For Australia they have an injury concern for Josh Hazlewood but he is expected to be fit for the blockbuster. Consequently, they should be unchanged.
Australia (probable) : 1. Aaron Finch 2. David Warner 3. Steve Smith 4. Michael Clarke 5. Shane Watson 6. Glenn Maxwell 7. James Faulkner 8. Brad Haddin 9. Mitchell Johnson 10. Mitchell Starc 11. Josh Hazlewood
New Zealand too is expected to be unchanged.
New Zealand (probable) : 1. Martin Guptill 2. Brendon McCullum 3. Kane Williamson 4. Ross Taylor 5. Grant Elliott 6. Corey Anderson 7. Luke Ronchi 8. Daniel Vettori 9. Tim Southee 10. Trent Boult 11. Matt Henry
The Final of the 2015 world cup is befittingly at the historical Melbourne Cricket Ground. The boundaries are huge and a score in excess of 300 has never been chased at this ground. The rationale behind this, some believe, is the ball tends to swing under the lights and it gets a bit arduous to bat in the evening.
Till now four matches have been played at this ground including a quarter final between India and Bangladesh. Interestingly enough, all the matches saw 300+ scores and all the matches were won by the teams batting first. So as we can comprehend toss is very important on this ground. As the great Imran khan would say, win the toss and your half job is done. Also there is no doubt that the captain winning the toss will latch onto the opportunity to bat first.
Australia is 1.42 to lift the trophy fourth time. The odds are a bit too much skewed in favor of the home team. Yes, Australia is strong but New Zealand cannot be underestimated and are definitely a value at these odds but just for the trading purpose because we believe that Australia will be crowned the world champions for the fifth time and we are backing them.