Ross Taylor and Mark Gillespie were included in the Kiwi squad, replacing Hamish Marshall and Jeetan Patel while for Lanka all-rounder Farveez Maharoof replaces injured paceman Lasith Malinga.
Vaas makes early inroads into Kiwi top order: Ever relaible Lanka seamer Chaminda Vaas once again got his side off to a fine start, dismissing Stephen Fleming and Ross Taylor in his first 2 overs.
Fleming was trapped infront and fell for a duck in the first over of the match.
Ross Taylor, making a comeback from injury, also followed his skipper back to the pavilion very soon. He nicked a perfect away going delivery from Vaas only to give a regulation catch to gloveman Sangakkara, who did the rest, to leave Kiwis reeling on 4 for 2 after 3 overs.
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Chamara Silva, Dilshan Tilakratne, Russel Arnold, Maharoof, Vaas, Fernando and Muralitharan. Coach: Tom Moody.
New Zealand: Peter Fulton, Stephen Fleming, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Craig McMillan, McCullum, Oram, Vettori, Gillespie, Franklin and Shane Bond. Coach: John Bracewell.
Umpires: Billy Doctrove (WI) and Asad Rauf (Pak).