Pakistan will meet New Zealand in the final of the T20I tri-series after Bangladesh was upset by the hosts.
The final will be held on October 14 (Friday), only days before the commencement of the T20 World Cup in Australia this month.
Glenn Phillips and Devon Conway both hit half-centuries as New Zealand defeated Bangladesh by 48 runs to book their spot in the series finale.
Following a nine-wicket victory against Pakistan on Tuesday, New Zealand put up another powerful batting showing to give Bangladesh a target of 208, but the visitors only managed 160-7.
New Zealand rested skipper Kane Williamson as his team easily followed up Sunday’s eight-wicket victory against Bangladesh to demonstrate their World Cup credentials.
Bangladesh cannot advance to the tri-series final with a third straight loss, and their match against Pakistan on Thursday is a no-go.
Conway hit 64 off 40 balls for New Zealand, and his 45-run partnership with Finn Allen, who went on 32 after a great Yasir Ali catch, set the tone.
Phillips, who was born in South Africa, was named man-of-the-match after scoring 60 runs off 24 balls to help New Zealand reach 208 for the loss of just five wickets.
In the fourth over, Adam Milne, who had returned from an abdominal injury, clean-bowled Najmul Hossain Shanto, who had scored 11 runs off 12 balls.
Liton Das, Shanto’s opening partner, was caught off Martin Guptill from Michael Bracewell’s bowling, leaving Bangladesh on 47-2.
Liton and Shanto’s opening partner, was caught off Martin Guptill from Michael Bracewell’s bowling, leaving Bangladesh on 47-2.
Shakib Al Hasan, their captain, provided the greatest resistance with 70 off 40 balls, including eight fours.
As the game slid away from Bangladesh, he was ultimately out when he edged his attempted drive over the cover to New Zealand wicketkeeper Conway.