At Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo, September 23. New Zealand won by 167 runs. Toss: Bangladesh.
After their bowlers had given Bangladesh the scent of an upset, their batsmen capitulated ineptly as New Zealand ended their disappointing defence of the trophy with a crushing victory. Bangladesh managed one more run than their all-time low on the same ground in August. Five of the top six failed to reach three as Bond proved the agent of destruction. His weapon was sheer pace, reinforced by field-settings from Fleming that ran to four slips and a gully. Earlier, New Zealand had plodded to 244. Sinclair's tortuous 70 off 122 balls was the cornerstone, but the star of the morning was Mohammad Rafiq, who bowled his slow left-armers with considerable skill and great variety.
Man of the Match: S. E. Bond.