At Sharjah, October 15 (day/night). Tied. Toss: Pakistan.
In an astonishing nine-ball spell, Abdur Razzaq took four for nought to snatch a tie from what seemed a certain Sri Lankan victory. At one stage, they needed just 24 from ten overs with eight wickets remaining. But when Razzaq returned to bowl three of the last five overs, the Sri Lankan collapse had already started. Even so, with 14 required from 30 balls and five wickets left, they still looked safe. Razzaq, whose previous seven overs had gone for 28, conceded three runs (two were overthrows) to tilt matters further Sri Lanka's way. Then he sliced through the lower order with unplayable reverse swing, hitting the stumps three times to complete a career-best five for 31. Earlier, the Pakistan batsmen never fully coped with a turning ball, though at 131 for two they would have hoped for a larger total. For Sri Lanka, Kaluwitharana and Arnold put on 115 for the second wicket to manoeuvre them into an ostensibly impregnable position. It was the 16th tie in 1,514 one-day internationals.
Man of the Match: Abdur Razzaq.