4.2 million cricket fans make Final the most-watched ever

A RECORD-breaking audience tuned in on Sunday night to watch Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets to wrap up the ICC Cricket World Cup.

At its peak, 4.218 million Australians were watching.


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The enormous interest means Nine's coverage is the highest rating cricket match of all time, beating the Australia V England Twenty/20 match from January 2007.

The match was the number one program across all Australian mainland capitals.

Check out the blow-by-blow:

• At 1.35pm, Mitchell Starc produced an enormous start for his country, bowling Brendon McCullum with the fourth ball of the game for 0 in front of a national television audience of 1.919 million.

• At 2.26pm, 2.401 million viewers watched on as Mitchell Johnson held onto a return catch from Kane Williamson to put New Zealand in all sorts at 3/39 in the 13th over.

• At 4.00pm, the Kiwi resistance was shattered by James Faulkner when he had Taylor caught behind for 40 with the first ball of the 36th over and then bowled Anderson for a duck with the very next delivery. New Zealand slid to 5/150 as 2.756 million watched Nine's broadcast.

• At 4.56pm, New Zealand's innings ended in the sharpest of fashions as Glenn Maxwell ran out Tim Southee with a direct hit in front of a national television audience of 3.236 million. A clinical performance in the field by Australia had New Zealand all out for 183.

• At 6.20pm, 2.875 million viewers were watching as David Warner was gliding along at a run a ball as Australia's 50 comes up in the tenth over. The home side was well placed at 1/56 after ten overs.

• At 7.30pm, Michael Clarke knocked up a determined half century off 56 balls as Australia reach 2/139 after 27 overs in front of a national television audience of 3.680 million.

• At 8.05pm, 3.989 million Australians were watching Nine's telecast as Australia clinched its fifth World Cup victory. The winning runs came from the bat of Steve Smith. Australia won by seven wickets with nearly 17 overs to spare. Fittingly, Michael Clarke produced a magnificent captain's innings of 74 to lead his side to triumph.