Aus vs Kiwis: All stats ahead of the finals
After 45 days of extensive cricketing melodrama in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015,co-hosts New-Zealand and Australia are all set to go all guns blazing in a bid to clinch the cricket's most coveted trophy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
If the Aussies manage to lift the trophy, it would be their fifth title, having won it in 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007 respectively. However for the Kiwis it would be their maiden experience in a World Cup final and will be the seventh different team to make a final appearance.
The TNT tries to bring in some interesting facts about both the teams ahead of the all-important final.
- New-Zealand hasn't played a game in Australia yet during this World Cup, and their grounds are comparatively much smaller than the MCG.
- The MCG offers only 37 per cent of its runs in boundaries -the smallest percentage for any ground in the world. This is the first time in this World Cup that the Kiwis will be playing away from home soil, so they will definitely have to look forward towards changing their game plan.
- From the past 11 matches played at the ground, the team batting first has won eight. The highest successful run chase in 143 one-day internationals is 297.
- The ball generally does not swing at the MCG like it does back in New Zealand. Trent Boult's major weapon is his in-swinger. Apart from Boult, Daniel Vettori averages just 41 against Australia with the ball while Tim Southee averages 54 against Australia.
- Despite all odds, the New-Zealanders are riding high on confidence which been ingrained in them by the very impressive captaincy of McCullum.
- In a tournament dominated by the batsmen, Australia have better depth in a tournament which has been dominated by the batsmen.
- New Zealand are fuelled by some brilliant performances and the excitement of their entire country. They may not have Australia's resources, but they have some big players. Martin Guptill, skipper Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor can turn havoc against any opposition once they get going.
- McCullum's philosophy in ODI captaincy is simple but effective. Taking wickets is his mantra with a blend of set fields to take wickets. It is a simple philosophy but very effective. NZ are in a purple patch with 13 wins from their past 14 ODIs. They have never played ODI cricket as well as this at the moment.