At R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, September 12 (day/night). Sri Lanka won by eight wickets. Toss: Pakistan.
Yousuf Youhana's farcical run-out - later investigated, and cleared, by the Anti-Corruption Unit - summed up Pakistan's display. Shoaib Malik made history by becoming the third umpire's first lbw victim but there was little else to note as Pakistan limped to 200. Saeed Anwar, bearded like the prophet, batted like an old man, and but for Misbah-ul-Haq's purposeful 47, the embarrassment would have been keener. Sri Lanka eased home with 13 overs to spare as Pakistan lost the plot and their tempers. Furious at his appeals being turned down, Shahid Afridi had a mid-pitch altercation with de Silva, who responded by stroking his way to 66. Jayasuriya chiselled out a 13th one-day hundred and passed 8,000 one-day international runs in an uncharacteristic innings with only ten fours, but coming from a captain with a dodgy shoulder, it was stirring stuff, and too much for Pakistan, who were effectively knocked out on the tournament's opening day. Their coach, Mudassar Nazar, was duly recalled to Karachi, where glad tidings didn't await.
Man of the Match: S. T. Jayasuriya.