Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Well, that's about it. Much will be written about the tournament in the coming days but for now from the whole Cricinfo commentary team, it's goodnight and thank you for staying with us over the last seven weeks. Australia have won the World Cup for the third time in a row. Will they make it four in four in Asia in 2011?

7.08pm At last we are ready to hand over the trophy. And it's Sonn who passes it it to Ponting and the skipper is immediately showered in champagne by team-mates and ticker-tape from off stage. Steel drums burst into life as the Australians adopt the traditional pose for the cameras. The dancers start their act on the outfield. Let the party begin.

7.06pm Tony Cozier interviews Ricky Ponting. "Aw look, an amazing feeling actually. We've got a great support here today, too. Unbelievably proud of what we've been able to achieve. Everything came together for us really well in the final."

7.04pm And now to present the medals to the Australians ... Percy Sonn. Oh Good. Misread things again. It should be a Caribbean legend and not a self-important and unpopular ICC official. Cheers for the players in the squad as they trot up ... McGrath gets a louder than average cheer.

7.02pm Garry Sobers up to present the Player-of-the-Tournament award to ,,, Glenn McGrath. Not a bad way to sign off! "I've really enjoyed this tournament. I just went out there and had fun," he says.

6.59pm Everton Weekes up to present the Man-of-the-Match award to Adam Gilchrist. An easy choice. "A satisfying day and a satisfying finish," he beams. "It's closure on some amazing careers - Glenn McGrath, John Buchanan. "The great thing about walking out to bat with's about the partnership. I want to thank all the team for continuing to show the great belief in me. It's a high standard that these guys and when you're not reaching them, you start to doubt yourself. I want to thank those guys for helping me."

When asked to describe this tournament he calls it: "The never-ending one."

6.58pm Ken Gordon back to present medals to the third and fourth umpires.

6.54pm Now here is Malcolm Speed to present medals to the Sri Lankans ... they come up in turn and are cheered. Jayawardene is interviewed and answers questions warmly and well.

6.51pm Chris Dehring is again booed as he presents a medal to Jeff Crowe, the match referee. And Ken Gordon gets more boos as he presents medals to the umpires ... they get warm applause, rightly. Dehring comes forward ... again ... to present a medallion to the groundsman.

6.46pm Percy Sonn up to say a word. Oh good. Usual platitudes ... thanking everyone who has "contributed to the success of the tournament". Well, he has been in South Africa for most of it, so he can be forgiven. Just what the crowd wants after a long day, much of it in the rain. Percy in full list-achievements-and-records mode. Can we see the cup presented please? Nope ...he's thanking global partners and generous sponsors. This man can really fail to grasp what the people want ... and not even a passing mention of Bob Woolmer.

6.44pm Tony Cozier introduces the dignitaries. Sonn sneaks in almost unnoticed. Speed gets booed. Good. Ken Gordon gets booed. Chris Dehring gets booed ... a lot. Everton Weekes gets a loud cheer. Garry Sobers gets a really loud cheer. Cozier thanks the volunteers, and they have done a great job in trying circumstances, and the fans and the people of the Caribbean. And then he ruins it by thanking the daft Mello.

6.42pm We have arc lights in place which have lit up the outfield ... not sure why they could not have been used in the last few overs, but the rules almost certainly forbade them. But it means that the dancers will get their moment. Almost ready for the presentations and accompanying ceremony.

6.40pm It's really a sad finish for the Caribbean. We have dancers who have been rehearsing for ages for the post-match celebrations out in the middle around the podium, but nobody can see them as it is now night. Clearly, nobody stopped to consider that the game might not finish on time. Meanwhile, Australia are lapping up the acclaim of their supporters, as well they might.

6.30pm Congratulations to Australia who were the best team from the first match and maintained their relentlessly high standard throughout. Sri Lanka gave them a game but on the day came up just short.

There's a certain irony that cricket's four-yearly showcase ended in farce ... Australia, Sri Lanka, the Caribbean and millions of spectators deserved more but given what has gone before today, it was almost inevitable. You can spin it all you like, this tournament has not done the game any favours and people at the top, if they had any decency, would be contemplating their futures. But we all know that won't happen.

The late start and finish at least means that the post-match waffle from the great and good of the game - the officials, not the players - will be mercifully curtailed. I imagine that Malcolm Speed is relieved given that he will hardly be expecting a reception accorded to a returning hero. Percy Sonn could set a record here ... he was booed in 2003 after his trouser episode, so could achieve a unique double.

Australia acknowledge their supporters on a lap of honour as the lights from the stands dazzle out into the night.

Australia win by 53 runs Smiles all round as the two teams shake hands. They have given us good entertainment today. Adam Gilchrist: "We're thrilled. Great support, yeah. Amazing feeling. Really pleasing to do it [get a hundred] on an important day."

"Bit dark at the moment," deadpans McGrath, "but loving every minute."

The helpers are erecting the podium for the presentations ... in complete darkness.

All shake hands with McGrath as he heads off with a stump. He really deserved to go out on a high, and while he has in that he finishes with a winner's medal, the end has been so unsatisfactory.

Australia celebrate, as well they might. The ground is strangely quiet, as if the fans know they have again been sold down the river. Australia huddle again. Ponting's all a-beaming. We're getting a strange sense of deja vu.

Symonds to Vaas, no run, missed, a loud appeal, not out but mercifully it's all over and Gilchrist lets out a roar

The third umpire takes his time. Go on Rudi, no hurry ... and eventually he gives it out. Boos in the crowd are for the ridiculousness of the situation and not for the players

Symonds to Malinga, OUT, a big swing and a miss, Gilchrist whips off the bails, Dar calls for the third umpire as he could never have seen that far with any certainty

SL Malinga st †Gilchrist b Symonds 10 (6m 6b 0x4 1x6) SR: 166.66

Clarke to Malinga, SIX runs, now that's a big one. Malinga's got a great eye, dancing and leaning into that one to sail it over long-on with an admirable aerial drive
McGrath to Arnold, OUT, nasty ball, especially in this light - a full toss above the waist. But Australia, including McGrath, just smile as Arnold pops up an edge off a pull to Gilchrist... and takes his international bow

RP Arnold c †Gilchrist b McGrath 1 (9m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Clarke to Silva, OUT, comes down and swats the air with a huge swipe aiming for midwicket. Misses it completely and the ball plinks into the sticks

LPC Silva b Clarke 21 (41m 22b 1x4 1x6) SR: 95.45

Arnold comes to the crease in his last international match for Sri Lanka

McGrath to Dilshan, OUT, on off, quicker than expected, and that was tucked down to third man. Some great work from Clarke and McGrath there, as Dilshan slipped on setting off - a throw heading just towards the stumps, McGrath takes it in front and takes off the bails

TM Dilshan run out (Clarke/McGrath) 14 (20m 13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 107.69

Exactly two a ball required now as the light fades. Speaking of lights coming down, it's McGrath to end his one-day career...

Tait to Dilshan, FOUR runs, low full toss and that's swiped away with a deliciously timed pull through midwicket - clean shot, cool result
Bracken to Silva, FOUR runs, horrible delivery and help yourself - well turned off his thighs behind square, a very neat flick through fine leg
Bracken to Dilshan, FOUR runs, width outside off, Dilshan plants his left leg towards mid-on and opens up to give himself room to drive through cover. Great timing
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Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

1st7ST JayasuriyaWU Tharanga
2nd116ST JayasuriyaKC Sangakkara
3rd22ST JayasuriyaDPMD Jayawardene
4th11DPMD JayawardeneLPC Silva
5th32TM DilshanLPC Silva
6th2RP ArnoldLPC Silva
7th4WPUJC VaasRP Arnold
8th17WPUJC VaasSL Malinga
9th4WPUJC VaasCRD Fernando

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