The knockout stage of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, following the group stage, was held from 18 to 29 March 2015. The top four teams from Pool A and Pool B advanced to the knockout stage to compete in a single-elimination style tournament. If a quarter-final or semi-final ended as a tie or no result, then the team which was placed higher in the group stages would have qualified.[1] If the final ended in a tie, the match would have been decided by a one-over eliminator.[1]

Of the eight teams entering the stage, the team finishing first on Pool A played the team finishing fourth in Pool B while the team finishing second in Pool A played the team finishing third in Pool B and so on, in the format A1 v B4, A2 v B3, A3 v B2 and A4 v B1.[2] Hosts Australia and New Zealand had home advantage for the quarter-final and semi-final matches that they qualified for.[3][4][5]

New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh qualified for this stage from Pool A, while India, South Africa, Pakistan and West Indies qualified from Pool B.

New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and India qualified for the semi-finals by beating West Indies, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh respectively. In the semi-finals, New Zealand beat South Africa and Australia beat India to qualify for the finals.

Tournament bracket

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
         
A3  Sri Lanka 133
B2  South Africa 134/1
B2  South Africa 281/5
A1  New Zealand 299/6
A1  New Zealand 393/6
B4  West Indies 250
A1  New Zealand 183
A2  Australia 186/3
B3  Pakistan 213
A2  Australia 216/4
A2  Australia 328/7
B1  India 233
B1  India 302/6
A4  Bangladesh 193


Matches

Quarter-finals

South Africa v Sri Lanka

18 March
14:30 (AEDT) (D/N)
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
133 (37.2 overs)
v
 South Africa
134/1 (18 overs)
Kumar Sangakkara 45 (96)
Imran Tahir 4/26 (8.2 overs)
Quinton de Kock 78* (57)
Lasith Malinga 1/43 (6 overs)
South Africa won by 9 wickets
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: Nigel Llong (Eng) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: Imran Tahir (SA)

India v Bangladesh

19 March
14:30 (AEDT) (D/N)
Scorecard
India 
302/6 (50 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
193 (45 overs)
Rohit Sharma 137 (126)
Taskin Ahmed 3/69 (10 overs)
Nasir Hossain 35 (34)
Umesh Yadav 4/31 (9 overs)
India won by 109 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Ian Gould (Eng)
Player of the match: Rohit Sharma (Ind)
  • India won the toss and elected to bat.
  • This was MS Dhoni's 100th ODI win as India captain.[12]
  • This was a record seventh consecutive match in which India bowled the opposition out.[13]
  • The umpires received widespread criticism after some controversial decision-making.[14][15] International Cricket Council President Mustafa Kamal said that Bangladesh would appeal against the decisions of the umpires in ICC's board meeting.[16]
  • Mashrafe Mortaza (Ban) was suspended for one ODI, and fined 40% of his match fee for a slow over rate; the other Bangladesh players were fined 20% of their match fee.[17]

Australia v Pakistan

20 March
14:00 (ACDT) (D/N)
Scorecard
Pakistan 
213 (49.5 overs)
v
 Australia
216/4 (33.5 overs)
Haris Sohail 41 (57)
Josh Hazlewood 4/35 (10 overs)
Steve Smith 65 (69)
Wahab Riaz 2/54 (9 overs)
Australia won by 6 wickets
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Marais Erasmus (SA)
Player of the match: Josh Hazlewood (Aus)

New Zealand v West Indies

21 March
14:00 (NZDT) (D/N)
Scorecard
New Zealand 
393/6 (50 overs)
v
 West Indies
250 (30.3 overs)
Martin Guptill 237* (163)
Jerome Taylor 3/71 (7 overs)
Chris Gayle 61 (33)
Trent Boult 4/44 (10 overs)
New Zealand won by 143 runs
Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (Eng) and Bruce Oxenford (Aus)
Player of the match: Martin Guptill (NZ)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Martin Guptill became the first player to score two consecutive centuries for New Zealand in a World Cup.[20]
  • Guptill also scored the first ever double-hundred in a World Cup knockout match, and the first double-hundred by a New Zealand player in an ODI.[21]
  • Guptill's score of 237* is the highest individual score in a World Cup match and second highest in ODIs.[21]
  • The match had the most sixes hit in a World Cup match (31) and the second highest number of sixes in any ODI match.[21]

Semi-finals

New Zealand v South Africa

24 March
14:00 (NZDT) (D/N)
Scorecard
South Africa 
281/5 (43 overs)
v
 New Zealand
299/6 (42.5 overs)
Faf du Plessis 82 (107)
Corey Anderson 3/72 (6 overs)
Grant Elliott 84* (73)
Morne Morkel 3/59 (9 overs)
New Zealand won by 4 wickets (D/L method)
Eden Park, Auckland
Umpires: Ian Gould (Eng) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: Grant Elliott (NZ)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Match reduced to 43 overs per side and New Zealand's target revised to 298 due to rain.
  • This was the highest successful run-chase in a World Cup knockout match.[22]
  • This was the first time New Zealand qualified for a World Cup final.[22]
  • This was South Africa's fourth semi-final loss in World Cups.[23]

Australia v India

26 March
14:30 (AEDT) (D/N)
Scorecard
Australia 
328/7 (50 overs)
v
 India
233 (46.5 overs)
Steve Smith 105 (93)
Umesh Yadav 4/72 (9 overs)
MS Dhoni 65 (65)
James Faulkner 3/59 (9 overs)
Australia won by 95 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Richard Kettleborough (Eng)
Player of the match: Steve Smith (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Australia qualified for the World Cup final for a record seventh time.[24]
  • Australia's total of 328/7 is the highest score in a World Cup semi-final.[24]
  • As a result of this match, no Asian team qualified for World Cup final, for the first time since 1987.[25]

Final

Main article: 2015 Cricket World Cup Final

29 March 2015
14:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
New Zealand 
183 (45 overs)
v
 Australia
186/3 (33.1 overs)
Grant Elliott 83 (82)
Mitchell Johnson 3/30 (9 overs)
Michael Clarke 74 (72)
Matt Henry 2/46 (9.1 overs)
Australia won by 7 wickets
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Attendance: 93,013
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Richard Kettleborough (Eng)
Player of the match: James Faulkner (Aus)

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