After winning the toss and electing to bat, India were all out for 249 with Ajantha Mendis taking 5 wickets. The debutant paceman Dammika Prasad took the valuable wickets of Virender Sehwag (21), Rahul Dravid (10) and Sachin Tendulkar (6).
Gambhir top scored with 72 runs. The last wicket pair of Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan put up a 51-run.
Sri Lanka was 14-1 at stumps, with opener Michael Vandort on 3 and night-watchman Chaminda Vaas on naught. Ishant Sharma bowled Malinda Warnapura for 8 runs.