#CWC15Final: Black Caps blown out for 183
New Zealand elected to bat but it's Australia who are in the driving seat.
JOHANNESBURG - New Zealand got their maiden Cricket World Cup Final off to a fairly positive start when they won the toss, against Australia, but it would prove to be a decision they would regret very quickly.
First up with ball in hand for the Aussies was Mitchell Starc, the four-time champions' best bowler in their last match. Starc got his side off to a dream start when he got the big wicket of the skipper Brendon McCullum with the fifth ball of the innings for a duck.
That wicket put the writing on the wall for the Black Caps as they lost Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson in successive overs for 15 and 12, respectively, thanks to Glenn Maxwell and a solo effort from Mitchell Johnson.
Enter semifinal hero Grant Elliot to partner Ross Taylor.
The pair steadied the innings for New Zealand and put on a 111-run stand for the fourth wicket before Taylor fell for 40 runs to James Faulkner.
Faulkner, in red-hot form, claimed his second wicket two balls later, dismissing the dangerous Corey Anderson for 0.
Starc would not be outdone by Faulkner as he picked up his second of the innings as well, doing away with Luke Ronchi to leave the co-hosts in a precarious position at 151/6.
Johnson became Australia's third bowler to take his second wicket of the day when he clean bowled Daniel Vetorri for a meagre nine runs and five balls later, Faulkner made it three for the day, sending Elliot off for a well played 83.
It all but came to an end for the Black Caps as the tenth wicket was wiped out by Johnson, who had Matt Henry caught on the off-side for a duck.
Australia will fell confident of bagging their fifth World Cup crown - and all they need to do is notch up 184 runs in 50 overs in front of a their home crowd.
Follow Australia's innings live on EWN's special Cricket World Cup feature page.