India vs Bangladesh
Venue: Sector 16 Stadium, Chandigarh
Result: India won by nine wickets
Apart from Faruk Ahmed (57 off 126 balls) and Athar Ali Khan (44 off 76 balls) none of the Bangladeshi batsmen provided a concern for the Indian bowlers in this Asia Cup encounter. The visitors were restricted to 170 for six in 50 overs before Navjot Singh Sidhu toyed with the bowling to score an unbeaten 104 (109 balls, 10x4, 3x6). Earlier, WV Raman scored 44 before one-drop Sanjay Manjrekar and Sidhu saw India home with 79 balls to spare.
Pakistan vs Zimbabwe
Venue: Rawalpindi Stadium
Result: Pak won by six wickets.
Zimbabwe, batting first, managed 195 for five in 40 overs thanks to Alistair Campbell (74 off 106 balls) and veteran Dave Houghton (57 off 49 balls). They put on 102 for the third wicket. Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis bagged two wickets apiece to pave the way for a smooth ride, but Pakistan faced problems after their opening pair of Saeed Anwar and Asif Mujtaba put on 88. Pakistan reached their target of 196 in the final over in which they required eight to win. Inzamam ul Haq stayed unbeaten on 44 alongwith skipper Wasim Akram (six not out).
India vs Sri Lanka
Venue: Nehru Stadium, Indore,
Result: No result
Indore provided a cricket first in 1997. An international match was called off for the first time because the pitch was unsafe for play. Sri Lanka lost opener Kaluwitharana in the first over when he was clean bowled by Javagal Srinath. Roshan Mahanama, now a match referee, got hit on his knuckles by Srinath before he and Sanath Jayasuriya appealed to umpire Subroto Porel. In an hour’s time match referee Ahmed Ebrahim called off the match. An exhibition match was held to appease the crowd.
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