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Chappell-Hadlee Trophy will also be at stake during World Cup final

12.82K   //    27 Mar 2015, 12:30 IST
New Zealand Chappel-lHadlee Trophy
New Zealand celebrating with the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy after beating Australia earlier on in the tournament

After defeating India by 95 runs in the second semifinal of the 2015 World Cup, Australia will now take on their trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in the summit clash of the mega event at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday. This will be the Black Caps’ maiden appearance in a World Cup final, whereas Australia have reached the final on six previous occasions, winning four times and losing twice – in 1975 and 1996.

Chappell-Hadlee Trophy also up for grabs

However, the World Cup won't be the only prize that the two teams would be fighting out for at the MCG; the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy will also be at stake for the two sides. The trophy was first initiated in 2004 in the name of the three Chappell brothers – Greg, Ian and Trevor, and also Walter Hadlee and his three sons – Barry, Dayle and Sir Richard.

24 games have been played between the two sides since 2004, with Australia having won on 11 occasions, New Zealand winning 10 times and three matches not producing any result.

New Zealand currently hold the trophy

New Zealand won in thrilling fashion the last time the two sides met in a group stage match at the ongoing 2015 World Cup in Auckland. Electing to bat first, Australia were skittled out for 151 with Trent Boult doing the bulk of the damage, taking figures of 5 for 27 in 10 overs.

In reply, the Kiwis began strongly, with their captain Brendon McCullum setting the tone early, but after the interval, the Aussies, led by Mitchell Starc, clawed their way back into the game with the left-arm pacer bowling a sensational spell of 6 for 28 in 9 overs.

But in the end, that effort went in vain as Kane Williamson smashed a six off Pat Cummins to seal a memorable one-wicket win for his side.

While Australia will be looking to win their fifth World Cup on Sunday, New Zealand will be gunning to win their first. If the game is even half as good the one in Auckland, then we we will certainly have an incredible finish to the World Cup.

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