finishes it off handsomely and reaches his century in the process, tossed up, full and it meets the same fate, launched into the stands over wide long-on
Australia finish as comprehensive winners of the ICC Champions Trophy, and they win it for the second time. Big cheers in the Australian dressing room, the players come out to shake hands with their opponents. New Zealand tried hard, and at 6 for 2, the game was open. Watson - who's made successive centuries - and White, however, despite their slow start, preserved their wickets and then took off. That 128-run stand was a match-winning one; just, in hindsight, how crucial was that stand between Lee and Hauritz against Pakistan! Credit to New Zealand for the way they played this tournament; that win against Sri Lanka made amends somewhat for a disappointing tour to the country and that superb bowling display against England got them to the knockout stage. Elliott and Vettori then won them the semi-final against Pakistan, but today their batting let them down. Australia carried their form from that 6-1 win over England into this tournament, and have emerged deserved winners.Hold fire, we'll get you all the details from the presentation in just a bit.
Sanjay Manjrekar's the host at the presentation. The match officials- umpires and match referee - are being honoured first by Haroon Lorgat, the ICC's chief executive.
Brendon McCullum: "Tonight was disappointing, we had big expectations. But we've come together as a group in this tournament. Vettori's absence was a big blow, we were about 50 short today. Anything around the 230-240 region, we would have had a chance. Kyle Mills and Shane Bond were brilliant, but unfortunately we didn't provide them enough runs. Sri Lanka was an important win, but it was the performance against Pakistan that got us through to the final. Australia were brilliant today and they are deserved winners of the trophy."
Shane Watson, unsurprisingly is the Man of the Match: "We needed discipline today, and we knew that if I was around till the 40th over, we had a chance. It was set up with Ricky's help in the semi-finals to get me through, and he missed out today, but it was time for another to step up. The wicket today was a little slower than the other night, they bowled beautifully straight up until me and White had a good partnership."
The leading run-scorer in the tournament gets a golden bat, and it's Ricky Ponting who wins it, 288 runs in four games at 72.
The highest wicket-taker gets a golden ball, and it's Wayne Parnell who's the winner there; he's not there to accept the award, much to the disappointment of many local fans.
Ricky Ponting beats Watson to earn the Man-of-the-Series Award.
The winning team gets a specially-designed jacket, it's cream in colour and the ICC President and the ICC chief executive are helping the Australian players into their new blazers. This is, quite clearly, taking some time.
Ponting, the winning captain, gets a cheque of US $ 2 million.
Ponting: "We've played some great cricket over the last couple of weeks, and we've been through our ups and downs over the last 18 months. We've been bringing some young players into the side. Two young guys at the crease at 6 for 2, it doesn't get any tougher and they did a great job. We pride ourselves on adapting to different conditions around the world. I felt really good since the break after the Ashes, things are going well [for me]."
The Australians, clad in their blazers, hold aloft the Champions Trophy with plenty of confetti raining down in the background. Some belated fireworks too.
That's all we have for this tournament, folks. Thanks for joining us for each of the 15 games; it's been a pleasure bringing you the coverage and thank you for sending us your feedback. The Champions League Twenty20 starts in India in three days time, and we'll be there to bring you all the action. Until then, on behalf of Jamie Alter, Kanishkaa and everyone else at Cricinfo, this is Sid Talya signing off. Adios, be well!
Hes going to get it alright, 99 now
gets to 99 with a slog-swept six, full outside off and he dismisses that over deep midwicket
Now's Watson's chance to get the double- the win and the century. The Powerplay comes into operation. Patel to bowl.
full on the off, driven hard but back to the bowler
slower one bowled fullish on the off, chipped in front of mid-on
short outside off, runs it down to third man and takes the single
8 to win, and 8 for Watson to reach three-figures
fuller outside off, pushed wide of midwicket for a quick single
Watson stands a chance of being stranded in the 90s now, short and wide, pulls it away with utter disdain through midwicket
shortish outside off, runs it down to third man for a single
Steve: "Tell Allen to go to the nearest "walkabout inn". There's one at Shaftsebury Ave, Covent Garden, Islington etc. A bit late though."
threw it up on a good length on the off, turns in a hint, pushes it back to Patel
hurls it full on middle, wisely takes a single to long-on
drags it too short and Watson thwacks that through midwicket, we've seen this happen too many times
a touch short on the off stump, pushed down to midwicket
smeared him with a quick one, full on the off, tried to play it away into the leg side, got an inside edge onto his pads
shortish outside off, punched down to extra cover
Patel is back
bowled it full on middle, driven down to mid-on
pitched it up outside off, drives it elegantly down to cover
shortish on middle and leg, turns it down to fine leg for a single
lands on a good length on the off, pushed through firmly to mid-off
he's finishing this off quickly now, Hopes is showing off his batting skills much at the possible expense of Watson's looming century, drives it hard through the covers and it races to the ropes
short of a good length outside off, guides it down to third man