At R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, July 16. Pakistan won by 109 runs. Toss: Pakistan. International debut: Sheikh Salahuddin.
Pakistan recovered magnificently to run up 319 for five, the highest total ever in the Asia Cup. The previous best was their own 284 for three off five fewer overs, also against Bangladesh, at Chittagong in 1988-89. Aamir Sohail went for a duck to his first ball, but Saeed Anwar defied a fever to hit 90 off 94 balls, with 11 fours; the other main batsmen put the game beyond Bangladesh's reach. Off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq took five wickets to dismiss Bangladesh for 210, a total depending heavily on opener Ather Ali Khan and captain Akram Khan.
Man of the Match: Saeed Anwar.