Angelo Mathews stopped Azhar Ali's amazing toss-winning streak at eight, and decided to bat first on a dry-looking surface at R. Premadasa Stadium.
A relieved Mathews overlooked the rain threat in batting first primarily because he felt that the pitch began to turn in the second innings in the previous match. If anything, this pitch was even drier.
Thilakarathna Dilshan scored 50 runs while Lahiru Thirimanna top scored with 90 runs.
Sri Lankans scored 256 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their allotted 50 overs.