Theekshana stunned KL Rahul with a reverse arm ball, a seam-up delivery that swung in so much it beat his inside edge even when he had stepped outside the crease. It was already established by then that this was a slow pitch and the powerplay overs were crucial. Virat Kohli went against his game to slog Madushanka while still on zero, and lost his off and middle stumps.
Rohit was joined by Suryakumar Yadav at 13 for 2 in the third over, and both struggled to come to terms with the pitch. Rohit, though, took the risks and began to look much more at home once he got three boundaries away. A measure of how well Rohit played is that in a 97-run partnership, Suryakumar scored just 29. His takedown of Wanindu Hasaranga was sensational, picking his spots and hitting two sixes and a four in the 12th over.
When that Hasaranga over finished, India were 109 for 2, a good comeback after that start. They had played themselves into a position where they could probably negate the toss disadvantage. Karunaratne, though, produced the wicket of Rohit with a slower short ball, caught at deep point.
India had picked a spin attack for the left-hand heavy middle order, but they first needed the fast bowlers to deliver them the wicket of one of the right-hand openers. Mendis and Nissanka had other ideas. The absence of a third specialist fast bowler hurt Rohit and his men as the Sri Lanka openers broke free against Pandya after a slow start and then got stuck into Arshdeep Singh.
At 97 for 0 in 11 overs, Sri Lanka were overwhelming favourites to win. The window opened for India with a reverse-sweep from Nissanka resulting in Chahal's first wicket. Charith Asalanka and Danushka Gunathilaka played themselves into a hole and eventually holed out to the two spinners with a combined 1 run off 10 balls between them.
Rajapaksa broke that early pressure with two timely assaults on Chahal and Ashwin in the 15th and 16th overs. He stepped out early, wasn't necessarily close to the pitch of the balls, but swung two sixes over the leg side to keep Sri Lanka favourites going into the death overs.
Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo