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Throwback to ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Starc emerges as Australia rules

In a Trans-Tasman final, Australia defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets to win their fifth ICC Cricket World Cup and Mitchell Starc was named the player of the tournament for his outstanding bowling.

Hosted by Australia and New Zealand

The eleventh World Cup was jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand in 2015. 

Fourteen teams were scheduled to play 49 matches with Australia hosting 26 games and New Zealand hosting 23 games. 

This was the second time the tournament was held in Australia and New Zealand, with the first being the 1992 Cricket World Cup. 

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Australia lift the World Cup in a Trans-Tasman final

In a Trans-Tasman final, Australia defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets to win their fifth ICC Cricket World Cup. 

It was a low scoring final where New Zealand were bowled out for 183 in 45 overs. 

Australia in return chased down the total in just 33.1 overs with the loss of 3 wickets. 

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Man of the tournament, Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc was named the player of the tournament for his outstanding bowling, yorkers and wicket-taking deliveries. 

Starc in the first over of the final bowled New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum for a duck.  

Australia then went on to win the match by 7 wickets.

Starc finished with 22 wickets in the tournament.

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Highest run scorer, Martin Guptill

Martin Guptill of New Zealand was the highest run-scorer of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

In 9 matches he scored 547 runs with a strike rate of 104.58 in the tournament.   

He scored an unbeaten 237 against the West Indies, which became the highest individual score in any World Cup.

He scored runs at an average of 68.37 in the Cup.
 

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Leading wicket taker, Mitchell Starc

Australian pacer Mitchell Starc finished as the best bowler of the tournament having scalped 22 wickets.

He shared the same number of wickets as that of New Zealand's Trent Boult but the better average and economy helped him push his Trans-Tasman rival to second place.
 

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Major upset, Ireland beat West Indies

The biggest upset of the tournament was Ireland beating the West Indies by 4 wickets.

The Irish reduced West Indies to 87-5 after opting to field first but the Caribbean side managed a brilliant recovery through a 154-run stand for the sixth wicket.

Ireland had a target of 304 to chase.

They got past the target with 25 balls to spare and four wickets intact.

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Best young player, Mitchell Marsh

Mitchell Marsh, 23, was one of the young players to watch out for in the tournament,

He gave a match-winning performance against England, picking 5 wickets for 33 runs.

He helped Australia start the World Cup on a winning note, defeating England by 111 runs.

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