Australia beats NZ to win its 5th Cricket World Cup title

MELBOURNE, Australia, March 29 (AP) — Michael Clarke signed off with a half century and another World Cup title, leading Australia to a seven-wicket victory over first-time finalist New Zealand on Sunday in front of a crowd of 93,013 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Clarke (74) and Steve Smith (56 not out), the current and the likely future captain, spearheaded Australia to the winning target of 184 in the 34th over to capture its fifth World Cup title.

Clarke, who played in the winning team in 2007, was bowled by Matt Henry nine runs short of the target in his 245th and last one-day international.

Australia's left-arm pacemen did the damage early, with Mitchell Starc (2-20), Mitchell Johnson (3-30) and James Faulkner (3-36) combining to dismiss previously unbeaten tournament co-host New Zealand for 183 in 45 overs.

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