At Melbourne, February 14, 2015 (day/night). Australia won by 111 runs. Toss: England.
Hours after a one-sided game had finished in controversy, the ICC confirmed that the officials had wrongly adjudged Anderson run out after Taylor, on 98, successfully reviewed his own dismissal for leg-before to Hazlewood. The ball should have been declared dead the moment Aleem Dar gave Taylor out, rendering Anderson's dash for a leg-bye irrelevant. But the game's most pertinent mistake was indisputably England's: from the fifth delivery, Finch flicked Anderson to square leg, where Woakes dropped a straightforward chance. Broad removed Warner and Watson with successive balls in the eighth over, and Woakes partially atoned by bowling Smith with an inswinger for five.
But Finch went on to spank 135 from 128 deliveries - the first World Cup century for Australia against England, in their seventh meeting - and added 146 with Bailey, captain in place of the injured Michael Clarke. With Maxwell to the fore, Australia struck 76 from the last six overs to reach their highest total against England. Finn's last-gasp hat-trick hardly merited celebration: Haddin, Maxwell and Johnson were all caught on the slog to give him the second most expensive five-for in one-day internationals, after Scotland seamer Gordon Goudie's five for 73, also against Australia, at Edinburgh in 2009.
England had abruptly changed their plans: the recalled Ballance had batted just once since September, Taylor was shunted down three places to No. 6, and Woakes deprived of the new ball. Wickets soon tumbled, including Bell and Root in consecutive deliveries from Mitchell Marsh, who had taken only six wickets in 14 previous one-day internationals but now claimed five for 33. Morgan's poor run continued when he gloved Marsh down the leg side to be spectacularly held by Haddin, and Buttler fell to a brilliant catch by Smith, backpedalling from cover, to leave England facing annihilation at 92 for six. Taylor and Woakes doubled the score as Australia's intensity dropped, and Taylor was two short of a maiden international hundred when the umpires got it wrong. RICHARD HOBSON
Man of the Match: A. J. Finch.