Sri Lanka lost another winnable encounter by 38 runs to India during the first game of the three-match Twenty20 International series at the R Premadasa stadium last evening.
Chasing a below par, 165 runs to claim a 1-0 series lead, Sri Lankan batters were once again poor in their execution.
Only four batsmen managed double digit scores as the home team was skittled out for a paltry 126 in 18.3 overs.
Charith Asalanka who was on debut hit a 26-ball 44 while opener Avishka Fernando notched up a better than run-a-ball 26.
Skipper Dasun Shanaka and Minod Bhanuka scored 16 and 10 runs respectively but could not guide the team to a win.
Experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up 4 for 22 while Deepak Chahar had figures of 2 for 24 for the visitors.
Earlier after winning the toss Sri Lanka restricted India to 164/5 in 20 overs.
uryakumar Yadav top scored with 50 while Shikhar Dhawan hit 46 runs at the top of the innings.
For the hosts Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga chipped in with two wickets apiece while the remaining bowlers managed to keep the scoring rate below.
Teams will meet once again at the same venue tomorrow in the second game of the series.