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NZ exit Champions Trophy after shock loss

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/06/2017

A magnificent double-century partnership has steered Bangladesh to a five-wicket win over New Zealand in Cardiff, eliminating the Black Caps from the Champions Trophy.

New Zealand finish the tournament with a winless record after having the outcome of their last pool game snatched from them by a brilliant fifth-wicket stand between Shakib Al Hasan (114) and Mahmudullah (102 not out).

The pair put on 224, rescuing their run chase after Black Caps seamer Tim Southee (3-45) knocked over the top order.

Struggling at 4-33, New Zealand's 265 seemed a long way off, but the record-setting partnership carried Bangladesh to 5-268 with 16 balls to spare.

New Zealand's innings at Sophia Gardens was built around half-centuries to in-form captain Kane Williamson (57) and Ross Taylor (63) but they failed to accelerate sufficiently over the closing stages.

The loss followed a washed-out match against Australia and an 87-run loss to England.

Bangladesh's hopes of reaching the semi-finals rely on England beating Australia in the final pool match on Saturday.

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