First, Ponting has not lost his hunger and ambition to save his best knocks for the biggest arena; second, Shane Watson is remarkably well-suited for the opening slot, and is a quality player when fit. This knock would have greatly boosted his confidence.
Perhaps the West Indies game was a wake-up call, but even against Pakistan, the game went too close to the wire for Australia's liking. However, they did enough to make the semifinal and now have some serious momentum going into the final.
The other finalist has also been pretty impressive through the tournament. I have always been impressed by how well the New Zealand team performs as a unit. They are a tight, well-knit team that plans well and strategises meticulously for every game. This was evident yesterday in the way they first unsettled Pakistan with their sharp running between the wickets, and later in their use of batting powerplay. Daniel Vettori has been a good leader.