Australia’s bowlers restricted New Zealand to 200/9 in 50 overs at Centurion in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy on Monday evening.
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first, even after a late loss of skipper Daniel Vettori who injured his hamstring.
The New Zealanders started slowly and lost opening batsman Brendan McCullum (0) in the fourth over of the innings after he faced 14 balls without troubling the scorers.
Martin Guptill was the pick of the batting side, scoring 40 off 64 balls.
But the Australian attack took wickets at regular intervals, keeping the Black Hats in check. Brett Lee was his usual fiery self, taking two for 45 in his ten overs. But Nathan Hauritz did most of the damage with his three for 37 in 10.
Australia needs to bat at just more than four runs to the over to take the trophy home.