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Australia captain Michael Clarke lifts the World Cup trophy after winning over New Zealand by seven wickets in Melbourne on Sumday. Photo: Rick Rycroft/AP
Australia captain Michael Clarke lifts the World Cup trophy after winning over New Zealand by seven wickets in Melbourne on Sumday. Photo: Rick Rycroft/AP

The World Cup final in 5 milestones

Australia and coach Lehmann enter exclusive clubs after record fifth win

Australia won their record fifth Cricket World Cup on Sunday against New Zealand by seven wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. New Zealand’s winning streak was finally broken as they managed to post only 183 batting first—a target chased down by their opponents in less than 35 overs.

Here are five milestones to remember from the World Cup 2015 final:

1) Australia with their fifth World Cup victory became only the second team to win the trophy on home soil. The other team is India (2011 in Mumbai). Australia’s margin of victory was however, higher than India’s (though only by a wicket in hand).

2) Darren Lehmann is now only the second player to win a World Cup both as a coach and a player for his country. The other cricketer on the list also happens to be an Australian -- Geoff Marsh (part of the 1987 winning squad and coach of the 1999 Australian team).

3) This World Cup final featured the second-highest number of ducks—six in all (Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Matt Henry, Trent Boult and Aaron Finch). The 1979 final featured nine ducks in all (four from West Indians and five from England). Trent Boult is only the third player to remain not out on zero in a World Cup final, the other two being Colin Croft (West Indies, 1979 final) and Saleem Malik (Pakistan, 1992 final).

4) Martin Guptill finished as the highest scorer of the tournament, with 547 runs from nine matches at an average of 68.37. His knocks included two centuries and a fifty, besides the memorable double ton (237 not out against West Indies). His strike rate at the end of the World Cup closed at 104.58.

5) New Zealand’s opening partnership of just one run in the final was their lowest this World Cup. Their opening pair averaged 56.5 in the tournament prior to this.

With inputs from AFP

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