India v Pakistan
At Amstelveen, August 21. Pakistan won by 66 runs (D/L method). Pakistan 6 pts. Toss: India.
In front of a sell-out crowd of 10,000, Pakistan jogged to victory on the back of a workmanlike display from Shoaib Malik. First, his restorative half-century gave the middle overs impetus; then, his efficient off-spin, in tandem with Shahid Afridi's leg-breaks, strangled India and removed their last seven wickets in 7.4 overs. Heavy morning rain had reduced the contest to 36 overs a side, and another shower made it 33. Before that, an economical first spell from Balaji harvested two wickets; afterwards, Abdul Razzaq led a charge that yielded 42 runs from the last three overs. Duckworth/Lewis revised India's target by a single run, and their reply started energetically. But the athletic run-out of Dravid, by Inzamam-ul-Haq of all people, brought a stutter, and there was no Tendulkar to marshal the middle order: he was out of the tournament with tennis elbow.
Man of the Match: Shoaib Malik.