Skipper Michael Clarke scored 74 runs in his last one-day international as Australia decimated New Zealand to win their fifth cricket World Cup final in Melbourne on Sunday.
Clarke, who on Saturday announced the showpiece match would be his 245th and last ODI, raised a big cheer from a record Melbourne Cricket Ground crowd as he brought up only his second score over 50 in the tournament.
Clarke and Steve Smith, his heir apparent as captain, cruised along as Australia chased a meagre target of 184 runs for victory, after a fierce Australian pace attack bowled the New Zealand batting side out for a paltry 183 runs.
David Warner hit a breezy 45 off 46 balls to power Australia into a good position.
The aggressive opener’s attempted pull shot off Matt Henry went straight to Grant Elliott at deep square leg to end a 61-run stand with Steve Smith.
Warner´s innings was in contrast to New Zealand skipper and opener Brendon McCullum´s three-ball duck earlier in the day.
The Black Caps messed up their maiden appearance in the title clash of cricket’s showpiece event, falling like nine pins after winning the toss on a good batting wicket.
Australia’s left-arm pace trio wrecked New Zealand’s hopes of posting a competitive score with a dynamic bowling performance.
The left-armers captured eight of the 10 wickets with Mitchell Johnson taking three for 30, James Faulkner three for 36 and Mitchell Starc two for 20 to put the skids under the vibrant Black Caps batting line-up as they were dismissed for just 183 with five overs of their innings left.
New Zealand never recovered from the stunning dismissal of skipper and team talisman Brendon McCullum for a three-ball duck in the opening over before a ground record crowd of over 91,000.