Cricket World Cup 2015

New Zealand denied faiytale finish

2015-03-29 13:14
Brendon McCullum (AP)

Cape Town - New Zealand whetted the appetite of the world for an underdog victory at the Cricket World Cup but couldn't conjure the last and longed-for victory, losing Sunday's final by seven wickets to Australia.

The story of New Zealand's unbeaten progress through the world tournament to reach its first final enriched the Cup and charmed the cricket world, yet its ending was anti-climactic.

Fans won over by the achievements of a team which played with boldness, with a sense of fun and of sportsmanship not always seen in a modern professional game, watched Sunday as their hopes and New Zealand's were crushed as Australia collected a fifth title.

Instead, it was Australia captain Michael Clarke, playing his last one-day international, who made 74 to appropriate the dream finish.


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Previous Results

Date Match Result

Australia won their fifth Cricket World Cup over the weekend. Does it leave a bitter taste in your mouth that the Proteas didn't get to play them?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.