In the first Twenty20 match Sri Lanka beat India by 29 runs. India won the toss and elected to field first. Sri Lanka made 215 for 5 in the allotted 20 overs. Sangakkara made 78 in 37 balls and Kapugedera made 47 in 20 balls.
In reply, India made 186 for 9 wickets with Gambhir top scoring with 55. India lost wickets at regular intervals and were 115 for 6 at one stage. For Sri Lanka Mathews and Jayasurya took two wickets each.