Australia's pace phalanx left nothing to the vagaries of the surface, firing balls full, fast and straight to deliver Australia a seven-wicket win and its fifth World Cup in comprehensive fashion
And other lessons from the World Cup - specifically from the final
High-octane dancing and banter in the stands almost made up for a one-sided contest on the field during the World Cup final at the MCG
Australia might have re-asserted their dominance by winning their World Cup, but their boorish behaviour left a sour taste says Greg Baum in the Sydney Morning Herald
Australia dominated a one-sided final, but Michael Clarke's batting and an electrifying stadium atmosphere made it a memorable day
Australia vice-captain Brad Haddin revealed he will be joining the captain Michael Clarke in ODI retirement amidst raucous celebrations of the team's World Cup final victory over New Zealand in Melbourne
ICC president AHM Mustafa Kamal has said that the game's governing body denied him of his right to give the trophy at the post-match presentation ceremony of the World Cup final on Sunday
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes there is "no doubt at all" that Steven Smith should take over from Michael Clarke as the team's next ODI leader
At the end of a tumultuous summer, Michael Clarke admitted he spoke of a World Cup victory based on skill over emotion as a way of convincing himself that he could endure the toll of this most draining season
The display of a young and hungry pace attack and Steven Smith's steel won the World Cup final and there were signs that this group can go on to dominate ODIs for the next five years
Led by their fearless captain, New Zealand threw themselves at this World Cup and came as close as they ever have done to greatness
If a prize existed for Captain of the Tournament, Brendon McCullum would have been the only possible winner. His aggressive style responsible for dragging the whole of New Zealand on a memorable journey
Too many ducks spoil the, innings? New Zealand's challenge was hampered by too many of their batsman failing to trouble the scorer. A record they could have done without on the biggest stage
New Zealand poor opening and the stubborn bails among the plays of the day from the World Cup final
Throughout the tournament, they have captured the imagination of the world with an attacking style of cricket. But against an in-form Australia in the final, they were found wanting for a lack of plan B
James Faulkner produced a match-winning spell to help Australia comfortably beat New Zealand by seven wickets to win their fifth World Cup title at the MCG on Sunday.
#BendTheRules moments from the World Cup Final between Australia and New Zealand.
Something about a World Cup final brings out the A-game gene in the Australian team's DNA and their ruthless sense of purpose overrides conditions, weather, wickets and opposition
A selection of reactions from the Australia and New Zealand teams after the World Cup final
Tweet report from the 2015 World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand
A New Zealand win will be good for the country, the game, and for one man
While Australia have been regulars in World Cup finals and have won the title four times, for New Zealand, this is their maiden entry
Their playing careers were vastly different, and so are their personalities, but the road to the World Cup final for Hesson and Lehmann has been similar
Australia and New Zealand will always be linked because they are, in fact, more than mere geographical neighbours or brothers
Right through the World Cup, New Zealand have played a brand of cricket that has endeared the team to its public. They will play the final in the same manner
In 1992, they were completely underprepared and had to face the ignominy of an early exit at home. A win on Sunday would go a long way towards removing the scars of that failure
Stats highlights from the World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand
Number of World Cups won by Australia, by far the most for any team. No other team has won more than two.
NZ's opening partnership in the Final, their lowest this World Cup. NZ's opening pair averaged 56.5 in the World Cup prior to the Final.