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#CWC15: Black Caps bat first, Australia strike early

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first in the 2015 Cricket World Cup Final.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum (R) is bowled by Australia's Mitchell Starc (L) for a duck during the the 2015 Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne on March 29, 2015.  Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum would be forgiven for thinking luck was on his side at the start of the 2015 Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne after winning the toss and electing bat to first.

But his decision didn't work out too well for him as he was dismissed in the first over, as he was bowled for a duck by Mitchell Starc.

The Australians struck again in the twelfth over, when New Zealand's other opener, Martin Guptill, was bowled by Glenn Maxwell with the score on 33.

The Black Caps found themselves on 39 for three when Mitchell Johnson caught Kane Williamson off his own bowling.

An estimated 100,000 people have crammed into the Melbourne Cricket Ground to watch the finale of what has been an exciting tournament.

Australian captain Michael Clarke has announced he'll retire from international one-day cricket after today's match.

How the team's go to the final:

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