Bangladesh will face New Zealand in the final of the T20I tri-series after losing to the hosts in the semi-finals. The T20 tri-series final, scheduled for this month, will take place on Friday, October 14th (a few days before the tournament kicks off in Australia). With half-centuries from Glenn Phillips and Devon Conway, New Zealand advanced to the series finals with a 48-run victory over Bangladesh.
T20 tri-series final | Pakistan to play against New Zealand
Following a nine-wicket win over Pakistan on Tuesday, New Zealand put on another dominant batting display, setting a target of 208 for Bangladesh, but the visitors could only reach 160-7. The Black Caps skipper, Kane Williamson, was granted the day off as his squad quickly duplicated Sunday’s eight-wicket triumph over Bangladesh to prove their World Cup mettle.
Bangladesh would be unable to compete in the tri-series final if they lose against Pakistan for the third time on Thursday. Conway set the tone for New Zealand with a 64-ball 64, and he added 45 runs with Finn Allen before Yasir Ali caught the latter for 32. Phillips, a South African, scored 60 runs off 24 balls, earning him the essential player in the match. This enabled New Zealand to amass 208 runs while losing only five wickets. After returning from an abdominal injury, Adam Milne struck early for the Black Caps, clean-bowling Najmul Hossain Shanto in the fourth over.
Shanto scored 11 runs on 12 balls. Bangladesh slumped at 47-2 as Shanto’s opening partner Liton Das was caught off Martin Guptill off Michael Bracewell’s bowling. Shakib Al Hasan scored 70 from 40 balls with eight fours and gave the most resistance. He was out as the match was slipping away from Bangladesh when he edged a drive over the cover and into the hands of New Zealand wicketkeeper Conway.