Brief scores: India 174/5 (Shikhar Dhawan 90, Manish Pandey 37; Dushmantha Chameera 2 for 33) lost to Sri Lanka 175/5 (Kusal Perera 66, Thisara Perera 22*; Washington Sundar 2 for 28) by five wickets and with nine balls to spare
- By winning the 1st T20 match of Nidahas Trophy 2018 by five wickets, Sri Lanka brought their four-match losing run against India to an end. This was also their first T20I victory against India in three matches at the R Premadasa Stadium, where they had lost in 2009 and 2017
- 175, by Sri Lanka, is now the highest successful run chase at the Khettarama, beating the previous best of 173, which was achieved by Pakistan against the Lankan Lions in 2015
- Batsman-wicketkeeper Kusal Perera contributed hugely to this win by slamming a 37-ball 66 (6×4, 4×6), which was his eighth T20I half-century and earned him the man of the match award
- For India, Shikhar Dhawan made a 49-ball 90 (6×4, 6×6), his highest T20I score, which ultimately was in a losing cause. This was his fifth T20I half-century
- Captaining India in a Twenty20 International for the fifth time, Rohit Sharma suffered his first loss
- Vijay Shankar became the 74th T20I player for India, making his international debut against Sri Lanka.