At Dambulla, May 10, 2003. Pakistan won by 79 runs. Pakistan 6 pts. Toss: Sri Lanka.
This match set the tone for the tournament: the ball dominated the bat, boundaries were in short supply - just 18 fours and two sixes - and Sri Lanka crumpled under pressure. Pakistan's total owed much to the patience of Mohammad Hafeez, who faced 114 balls, and to a late flourish from the tail, who struck 64 from the last ten overs. In reply, despite losing Jayasuriya to his first ball, Sri Lanka were well placed, only to lose their last seven wickets for 22 in 15 overs. One of the seven, Lokuarachchi, survived a run-out appeal at one end only to be given out at the other as he attempted an extra run in the confusion. Both decisions had to be referred to the third umpire. Kaluwitharana claimed his 200th one-day dismissal when he stumped Rashid Latif, and Nissanka was fined 20% of his match fee for showing dissent when an appeal for a catch behind off Taufeeq Umar was turned down.
Man of the Match: Mohammad Hafeez.