At Brisbane, June 19 (day/night). Pakistan won by 91 runs. Toss: Pakistan.
Waqar Younis called it "a total team effort", but this match was turned by Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar. Imran Nazir anchored Pakistan to a solid but unspectacular 108 for one in the 23rd over, but the pace was sluggish after he fell, even against forgettable Australian bowling. Things soon got worse as Inzamam's lbw started a helter-skelter tumble of wickets. Five crashed for 35 runs and at the end of the madness - including two run-outs - Pakistan were 168 for seven, with only ten overs left. But Wasim came out fighting, and changed the tone with a heavy-calibre 49 off just 32 balls, including two steepling sixes back over McGrath's head. Chasing 257, Australia were hobbled by Shoaib before they could get into their stride. Ponting played across a toe-crushing in-swinger, Lehmann wandered too far across his crease, Martyn failed to control a cut, and Shoaib had three wickets in three overs. When Bevan nicked a leg-cutter the match was all but over. Watson and Warne put on 57 but Australia needed an innings like Wasim's to stand a chance. They did not get one.
Man of the Match: Shoaib Akhtar.