Third Final Match

India v Pakistan 1997-1998

At Dhaka, January 18 (day/night). India won by three wickets. Toss: India. International debut: R. Sanghvi.

India took the series in a breathless climax under floodlights. They had to score 315, more than any team had ever made batting second to win a one-day international ( Sri Lanka managed 313 to beat Zimbabwe in the 1992 World Cup). Thanks to an early burst from Tendulkar- 41 in 26 balls - and 179-run stand in 30 overs between Ganguly and pinch-hitter Robin Singh, they reached 250 in 38 overs with one wicket down. But in the last ten overs (bad light having trimmed two from each innings), six more wickets fell; Kanitkar hit the winning four with one ball to go. Pakistan's batsmen had also put up a record-breaking performance. Saeed Anwar, who scored 140, his 15th one-day international century, from 132 balls, and Ijaz Ahmed, who made 117 in 112, added 230 - a third-wicket record, six more than Dean Jones and Allan Border for Australia against Sri Lanka in 1984-85. Border's record of 273 one-day internationals was equalled in this game by the victorious captain, Azharuddin.

Man of the Match: S. C. Ganguly. Man of the Series: S. R. Tendulkar.

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