So, the curtains for the final showdown are finally up! The first-time World Cup finalist, New Zealand is meeting Australia, the four-time World Cup champions, head-to-head tomorrow at the Melbourne Cricket ground. The hosts are all set to contest against each other in a match that will both be electrifying as well as mind numbing. Do you ask why?
Here’s a quick run-through of the 5 things to watch out for in today’s World Cup final:
- No Asian Team: It is for the first time in 28 years that there is no Asian team playing in the World Cup final. The last time such a match happened was way back in 1987 when Australia played against England.
- Maiden World Cup Victory for the Kiwis: Australia has won the World Cup four times in the past whereas, it is the first time that New Zealand has made it to the finals. The cricket fraternity has witnessed such feat in the past, however, when a team has lifted the World cup trophy in its premiere final. So, there is a great chance that the Kiwis might just win the trophy, tomorrow.
- Golden Bat award: New Zealand opener, Martin Guptill is already in the limelight for scoring his smashing double century against West Indies in the quarter-final. He is now only 7 runs behind Sangakkara, who scored 541 runs before making an exit from the World Cup series. If Guptill manages to notch those 7 runs in his kitty, he will win the Golden Bat award of the tournament.
- Highest Wicket taker: The run for this title is between Mitchell Starc and Trent Boult. At present, New Zealand’s Trent Boult leads the race with 21 wickets off 8 games, with the best figure of 5/27. This amazing feat was achieved by the pacer in the match that the Kiwis played against the Aussies. However, the interesting fact here is that Mitchell Starc from Australia also got his best bowling figure of the tournament in that very same match. The final, tomorrow, is going to be “do or die” for these two bowlers.
- Last match for Clarke as well as Vettori: Just a day before the mega clash, Australian skipper Michael Clarke announced his retirement from the one-day international after the World Cup 2015. Interestingly, Black Caps’ skipper, McCullum has also hinted that it could be Daniel Vettori’s last game on New Zealand’s soil, too. So, whose happy farewell is it going to be?
Let’s wait and watch!
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