At Dhaka, June 2 (day/night). Pakistan won by 233 runs. Toss: Pakistan.
Pakistan entered the tournament in style by recording what was then the widest margin of victory in a limited-overs international, surpassing Australia's 232-run defeat of Sri Lanka at Adelaide in 1984-85. They also ran up the highest total in the Asia Cup, and dismissed their hosts for the lowest, which was also Bangladesh's lowest score in any one-day international. Saeed Anwar and Imran Nazir raced away at eight an over against indifferent bowling and the onslaught continued with Nazir and Yousuf Youhana both reaching 80. Inzamam-ul-Haq reinforced Pakistan's dominance with a dazzling 61-ball 75. In reply, only two Bangladeshis reached double figures. After Habibul Bashar steered them to 47 for one in the 14th over, they lost six wickets for nine runs in 30 balls. It was a third thrashing in three games for Bangladesh - and emphatic revenge for Pakistan after their embarrassing defeat in the 1999 World Cup.
Man of the Match: Imran Nazir.