At Sharjah, April 6, 2003 (day/night). Sri Lanka won by 129 runs. Sri Lanka 6 pts. Toss: Sri Lanka. One-day international debuts: A. S. Luseno; K. S. Lokuarachchi.
Sri Lanka gained revenge, of a rather limited kind, for defeat by Kenya at the World Cup. The match seven weeks earlier had ended with Kenya singing and dancing; this time they subsided with barely a whimper. Sangakkara set Sri Lanka on course with his second hundred in three days, although again he left it late, straight-driving the last ball of the innings for four. In reply to 256, Kenya surrendered. Sri Lankan all-rounder Kaushal Lokuarachchi became the 12th player in one-day internationals to take a wicket with his first ball when Tikolo smashed a leg-break straight to short cover. Muralitharan rounded up the innings with three wickets in an over. During the game, Jayasuriya confirmed he would be standing down as captain after the tournament. Sri Lanka's win meant the following day's match was effectively a semi-final.
Man of the Match: K. C. Sangakkara.