Australia (186-3) beat New Zealand (183) by seven wickets, with 101 balls remaining –
Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today to win the World Cup for the fifth time. It was fairytale stuff for Michael Clarke, who had announced his retirement from the format on the eve of the final.
Clarke, who announced before the match that he was retiring from one-day internationals, guided his team to victory with a sparkling 74, departing to a standing ovation with Australia nine runs away from victory.
Australia reached their victory target in the 34th over for the loss of just three wickets.
Kiwi paceman Trent Boult took the early wicket of Aaron Finch, but David Warner (45), Smith (56 not out) and Clarke clinched the latest triumph for Australia in the World Cup.
Australia previously won the World Cup in 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007. No other country has won the tournament, which was first held in 1975, more than twice.
New Zealand, who defeated Australia by one wicket in the pool phase, had won the toss and elected to bat first. The dangerous McCullum was castled for a duck in the first over by a rampant Mitchell Starc. New Zealand were dismissed for 183 in 45 overs against Australia in the World Cup finals. New Zealand Grant Elliot was the top scorer with 83. Taylor made 40. The Australian Mitchell Johnson (3 for 30) and James Faulkner (3 for 36) were the pick of the bowlers. Mitchell Starc took 2 for 20, while Maxwell took 1 for 37.
Australia all-rounder James Faulkner was named man-of-the-match for his devastating spell which helped set up a seven-wicket victory for Australia in the finals. He capped his game-changing spell by removing Elliott for 83 and finished with figures of three for 36 from nine overs.
Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc was named as the player of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. The 25-year-old left-armer took 22 wickets at 10.18 runs per wicket with an economy rate of 3.50 runs per over. His best performance came against New Zealand in Auckland when he finished with six for 28.