Kiwis crumble to quality bowling from Australia


MELBOURNE: New Zealand lost three of its batsmen before the 15 overs into the World Cup final against Australia here at Melbourne on Sunday, reports.

Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first.

Australian pacer Mitchell Starc struck for his side with the fifth ball of the opening over, bowling Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum on a duck to leave the Black Caps at 1-1.

Martin Guptill went on to score 15 runs from 34 balls with the help of a boundary and a six before his furniture was disturbed was disturbed by Glenn Maxwell.

Mitchell Johnson caught Kane Williamson off his own bowling at the score of 39 runs. He could only make 12 runs for his side.

New Zealand are batting at 41/3 in 13 overs with Ross Taylor and Grant Elliott at the crease with seven and one runs respectively.