ICC Champions Trophy Final
New Zealand 200-9 v Australia 206-4 (S Watson 105 not out, C White 62)
Australia beat New Zealand by six wickets
Australia completed a successful defence of the ICC Champions Trophy with a six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the final.
Opening batsman Shane Watson was the hero with an unbeaten 105 after the Black Caps had been restricted to 200-9 in their 50 overs at Centurion.
The Kiwis - who were without injured captain Daniel Vettori - hit back immediately though, with Tim Paine and Ricky Ponting sent back inside the first three overs of the reply.
But Watson and Cameron White (62) survived the early onslaught and painstakingly rebuilt the innings with a partnership of 128 to take the game away from New Zealand.
And despite the loss of White and Michael Hussey, Australia cruised to their target with 28 balls to spare - Watson leading the way alongside James Hopes (22no).
New Zealand suffered a blow prior to the start of play when Vettori was ruled out due to a strained hamstring.
He became the fourth member of his country's original 15-man squad to succumb to injury joining Jacob Orab, Jesse Ryder and Daryl Tuffey on the sidelines.
Off-spinner Jeetan Patel replaced Vettori in the only change to New Zealand's XI from the semi-final victory over Pakistan, while Australia named an unchanged team.
New Zealand's stand-in skipper Brendon McCullum called correctly at the toss and opted to bat first, a decision that opposite number Ponting admitted he would also have made.
The tone was set by quick, economical spells from Brett Lee and Peter Siddle with the new ball. Siddle (1-30) accounted for McCullum, caught behind from a wild swipe for a 14-ball duck in the fourth over.
Aaron Redmond and Martin Guptill rode their luck to raise the 50 in the 15th over, followed by their half-century stand from 82 deliveries, a rare positive moment for the men in black.
Things went wrong thereafter as New Zealand slumped from 66-1 to 94-5. The wicket of Redmond, which ended a 61-run partnership, started the slide after the opener, playing in only his second one-day international, gave off-spinner Nathan Hauritz the charge and was stumped by Paine for 28.
Having fought his way to 40, Guptill then offered Hauritz a simple return catch, while Ross Taylor (6) was brilliantly held at point by Hussey off Mitchell Johnson (1-35) and Grant Elliott (9) was trapped plumb in front by Lee.
Neil Broom drove Siddle away through extra cover to help his side past 100 in the 28th over as he and Franklin brought in some stability. They took New Zealand to 125 after 35 overs, before raising the second 50 stand of the innings from 78 deliveries.
The batting power play was taken with 11 overs remaining, and after putting the first 2.4 overs to good use - they took 26 runs during this period - another flurry of wickets ensued.
First, hesitant running between the wickets led to the departure of Broom (37), who was run out at the non-striker's end by Hussey, and then the other set batsman, Franklin (33), was bowled by Lee (2-45).
Ian Butler (6) became Hauritz's (3-37) third victim when he was trapped lbw, before something finally went wrong for Australia when Callum Ferguson had to be assisted off the field after twisting his knee attempting to field the ball.
But his countrymen continued without him, running out Kyle Mills (12) before Patel (12no) and Shane Bond (3no) at least saw out the 50 overs.
The opening stages of Australia's run chase provided an almost mirror image of events earlier in the day.
This time it was Mills and Bond causing all sorts of problems as the new ball swung around under the floodlights.
Bond (1-34) removed Paine for one via a superb low catch by Taylor at first slip in the second over and Mills immediately followed up by trapping Ponting lbw, also for just a single, to leave Australia reeling at 6-2.
But White joined Watson in a match-turning partnership, although White enjoyed a let-off on 15 when McCullum spilled a swirling top edge off Butler's bowling.
Once the change bowlers were introduced batting became far easier and Australia's third-wicket pair took a sensible, risk-free approach to chasing such a modest target.
The return of Mills (3-27) did account for White, bowled off the inside edge when trying to withdraw his bat in the 35th over, but there was no stopping Watson as he marched towards a second successive century, having scored 136 not out in the semi-final.
Hussey (11) sliced a drive to backward point to give the impressive Mills a third victim but Hopes joined White in a 50-run, fifth-wicket alliance to see Australia home with 4.4 overs unused.
Watson finished the job in style, dispatching successive sixes off Patel (0-44) to ensure he reached his fifth one-day international century from the final ball of the match.