At Jodhpur, December 8. Zimbabwe won by one wicket. Toss: India.
The Barkatullah Khan Stadium's first one-day international was a cliffhanger, with Zimbabwe snatching victory to keep the series alive. India looked set to wrap it up after compiling an eminently defensible 283 and then reducing Zimbabwe to 52 for three. Tendulkar hit a brilliant 146 in 153 balls, with 15 fours and two sixes, his 27th century in one-day internationals, and the final over cost 27 runs as Zaheer Khan smashed four sixes off Olonga, reaching 32 in 11 balls. The Flower brothers, however, fought back with 158 in 30 overs, then a Zimbabwean fourth-wicket record. Later, Nkala hit 36 in 27 balls and, when he was run out in the final over, last man Olonga scrambled the winning single with one ball to spare.
Man of the Match: G. W. Flower.