| Shane Bond appeals successfully for a leg-before verdict against Bangladeshi Al-Shahriar in Colombo Monday. Bond took four for 21 in New Zealandís 167-run win. (Reuters)
Colombo: New Zealand shot out Bangladesh for the lowest total of the Champions Trophy so far to register a 167-run victory in an inconsequential group A league match Monday.
Bangladesh were bowled out for 77, their second lowest score in one-day Internationals, in just 19.3 overs after defending champions New Zealand had posted 244 for nine in 50 overs.
However, with both teams already out of the tournament, this last league match was only of academic interest.
Khaled Mashud won the toss and put New Zealand in to bat. The Black Caps lost Nathan Astle in the third over before top-scorer Mathew Sinclair and captain Stephen Fleming put the innings back on track.
Sinclair batted through most of the innings to score 70 off 122 balls. His second-wicket association with Fleming was worth 66 runs in about 11 overs. Fleming scored 31 off 40 balls.
The New Zealand innings was also helped by substantial contributions from Scott Styris and Chris Harris, who made 26 each, and Jacob Oram (30).
Bangladesh also lost their opener early, with Al Shahriar becoming the first of the four victims of Shane Bond off the third ball of the innings.
That just triggered a collapse as Bangladesh lost a wicket in each of the first five overs to crash to 19 for five. Four of those wickets were claimed by Bond who finished with figures of four for 21 from five overs.
Tushar Imran was the sole batsman to have attacked the New Zealand bowling but just for a brief period. Imran hit four boundaries in his 20-run knock off 16 balls before being caught by Nathan Astle off Oram.
Mohammad Rafique made 17, Khaled Mahmud 11.
This was the second lowest total put up by Bangladesh in one-day Internationals. The lowest is 76 they scored against Sri Lanka in Colombo last year.
Bangladesh seemed to have justified their decision to field first when they restricted New Zealandís scoring rate in the middle overs and also picked up a few quick wickets.
But, guided by Sinclair, New Zealandís late middle-order came up with a spirited performance to take the side to a decent total.
New Zealand added 46 runs in the last five overs thanks mainly to the efforts of Oram, whose 30 came off 27 deliveries with one four and a six, and Daniel Vettori who scored 16 off 12 balls.