Malinga (5 for 34) was the pick of the bowlers, overshadowing an encouraging performance by Shoaib Akhtar who bowled his heart out on an unresponsive wicket.
Playing his first international match in 13 months, the controversial Pakistan fast bowler scalped three wickets in four short spells to prove that he still has fire in his belly to bowl full tilt at accomplished batsmen.
But his comeback wasn't as telling as Pakistan would have expected it to be. The 34-year-old, who last played in a ODI against Australia in Abu Dhabi on May 3, 2009, did work up speeds in the region of 140 plus, but was far from his menacing best.
Evidently, he lacked rhythm and fitness, indicating that he could possibly break down during the course of this four-nation tournament. His run-up was staggered and direction wasn't pin-point but he was never short of effort, putting his heart into every delivery he hurled at the Lankans.
Image:Shoaib Akhtar, who made a successful comeback, is pleased after dismissing Upul Tharanga