At Harare, July 4. India won by six wickets. Toss: India.
This dead match offered a useful lesson to West Indies. Wary of early life in the pitch, their top order played with caution, insuring against a collapse but failing to set an adequate target. In the final, they would attack, superbly and successfully. With Cuffy forced out by a fractured foot, Dillon took the new ball and bowled just as economically, his ten overs yielding just 22. But Ganguly and Tendulkar, opening with 133 in 26 overs, had little trouble with the others. Tendulkar piled up his 29th one-day international century, hitting 12 fours and a six in his 131-ball 122, to claim his third match award in four games. Earlier, Shewag had been controversially given out stumped when Jacobs broke the wicket with his right hand, while holding the ball in his left. Referee Denis Lindsay acknowledged that Jacobs had not joined his team-mates' appeal, but said he should have recalled Shewag. He was suspended, initially for three one-day internationals, later revised to one Test, for sharp practice and bringing the game into disrepute.
Man of the Match: S. R. Tendulkar.
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