After six long weeks of cricket, the destination of the 2015 World Cup will be fought for between the two co-hosts Australia and New Zealand at the famed Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Here we look at 5 battles to watch out for:
1. David Warner vs Tim Southee
The most destructive bowler in the World Cup till now will be up against the most destructive batsman in the Australian line up. With the match poised to be held at Eden Park it promises at least one of the two things: hits out of the ground as the playing area is not too big and wickets as the Eden pitch promises a lot of pace and bounce. The question remains as to who will come up trumps.
2. Brendon McCullum vs Mitchell Johnson
These two men define one thing in cricket: aggression. The only way these gentlemen know how to play their game is by attacking. And when two mad bulls go head to head it promises only one thing: carnage. Watch out for this one!
3. Michael Clarke vs Daniel Vettori
The veterans would be busy plying their trade in the middle overs. Considered to be the game changing period in an one day international, it will be interesting to see how Vettori blocks the flow of runs as the Australian captain is known to carve out runs even in the most pressurised situations.
4. Glenn Maxwell vs Trent Boult
Boult comes into bowl in the death overs, precisely the time when Maxwell is swinging his bat. This battle is noteworthy again because of the skill set possessed by both the players; on one hand Trent Boult has the ability to reverse swing the old ball at a good pace. And on the other hand there is Maxwell who has the ability to turn the match on its own head with his unconventional batting.
If there is one show that will be on display will be that of the fielding. Both these sides are exceptional fielding sides and the match can be decided in the last over because of of a few extra runs saved/leaked on the field.