At Dambulla, May 23, 2003. New Zealand won by four wickets. Toss: Pakistan. One-day international debut: Faisal Athar.
New Zealand's comfortable win would have been even easier if they had not thrown away four wickets to reckless shots in sight of victory. Their success was founded on all-round disciplined bowling and then an aggressive innings from Fleming, who grabbed the initiative during his 111- ball innings and saw New Zealand to the highest 15-over score of the tournament, 70 for one. Pakistan did themselves no favours by conceding 44 extras, equalling the fifth-highest total in one-day internationals, and they ended the match without captain Rashid Latif after he injured his right hand: Yasir Hameed took over behind the stumps; Yousuf Youhana took charge. Earlier, Younis Khan had held Pakistan together, in all facing 85 balls, though just five from the last three overs. Tuffey ended the innings with a double-wicket maiden.
Man of the Match: S. P. Fleming Man of the Series: Shoaib Malik