Adam Gilchrist and Mark Waugh walked out to bat on a Kanpur wicket that did not look particularly threatening. They both began well, picking up boundaries off the Indian opening bowlers. It wasn't to last long. Venkatesh Prasad had Mark Waugh caught behind. Ajit Agarkar surprised the swashbuckling Gilchrist and had him caught by Azharuddin. Ricky Ponting then began to bat like a champion, and showed why he is considered one of the best batsmen in One-Day cricket today. Forging partnerships with Bevan, Lehmann and Steve Waugh the Aussie score was pushed to 108 for 5.
At this point Ponting looked particularly dangerous. The Indians must have been worried that he would single-handedly take the game away from them. Once again the captain turned to Ajit Agarkar to produce the breakthrough. Agarkar did not fail the captain! Agarkar removed the well set Ponting, who was on 84 at that time. Agarkar had Ponting caught by Kanitkar with the score at 185 for 6. With the departure of Ponting, there were no regular batsmen left for Australia and it was extremely unlikely that they would be able to post a competitive total. Agarkar slammed the last nail in the Aussie coffin trapping Gavin Robertson in front of the stumps. Agarkar ended the innings with figures of 4 for 46 and restricted the Australians to 222. This was never going to be enough against a reasonably strong Indian batting line-up. The Indians cantered to victory with 6 wickets and more than 5 overs to spare. This would not have been possible but for Agarkar's consistent spell that restricted the Aussies.