At Adelaide, January 25 (day/night). India won by 48 runs. Toss: India.
India opened their account in the series on the back of scintillating batting by their left-handed opener, Ganguly. On a true pitch, he rolled out his full repertoire of strokes, scoring 141 from 145 balls. Ganguly put on 88 in 15 overs with Tendulkar for the first wicket, 87 in 20 with Dravid for the second, and made sure the good work was not squandered by remaining until the 49th over. Pakistan's reply had little to offer. Ijaz Ahmed stayed 77 balls for his third successive fifty and it was not until Azhar Mahmood arrived that they looked competitive. Azhar struck 67 from 50 balls but when he was last out the Indians finally had a victory to celebrate. A charge of ball-tampering against Tendulkar was dismissed as "frivolous and without foundation" by tournament referee Smith.
Man of the Match: S. C. Ganguly. Attendance: 11,263.