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Australia and New Zealand are set to meet in a dream final on Sunday at Melbourne cricket ground.

PTV Sports will telecast the match live from 8:30 am. Australia led by captain Michael Clarke booked a place in the final after beating defending champions India in Sydney by 95 runs. Meanwhile New Zealand outplayed South Africa by 4 wickets in second semi final and qualify for the final for the first time. Now Clarke will lead his side into the final in Melbourne looking to secure a record fifth world cup title, and avenge their defeat at hands of the kiwis in the round robin stage. New Zealand have their gaze set on their first ever world cup. It will be first time in 28 years that an Asian team failed to qualify for the final. New Zealand's cricketers grew up playing backyard battles against imaginary Australian sides and will be eager to get one over their neighbours. Around 100 000 spectators are expected to attend the breathtaking final in Melbourne. The final will also be New Zealand's first match of the tournament away from home soil and their first at the mcg in since a six-wicket win over the hosts in 2009.

 

Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that the world cup final against New Zealand will be his last odi match.

Clarke made his decision public at a press conference in Melbourne on the eve of the final. Clarke said, he reached the decision after the semi-final against India in Sydney. He hoped that stepping down from the shorter form of the game will prolong his test career. Clarke has struggled with back and hamstring injuries over the past 18 months and missed the first game of the tournament. With seven thousand nine hundred and seven runs at an average of fourty four point four two since making his debut as a 21-year-old against England in 2003, Clarke is the fourth-most prolific Australian one day batsman in history. Only Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Mark Waugh have more runs in 50-over cricket. His eight tons also place him seventh on the list of Australian century-makers.

 
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