Dambulla: Sri Lanka have taken a 1-0 lead in the ODI series against Pakistan after winning the opening game by 36 runs in Dambulla.
Chasing 233 runs for victory, Pakistan made a heavy weather of the moderate target, managing just 196 runs in 44.4 overs, failing to survive even full quota of their stipulated overs.
Left-armer Thushara finished with 3-29 and Kulasekera took 2-30 as Pakistan struggled against Sri Lanka's 232/9 and were bowled out for 196 in 44.4 overs at the Rangiri International Stadium.
Pakistan beaten 2-0 in the Test series, slipped to 134/8 before tailenders Umar Gul and Mohammad Aamer boosted the total with a rollicking ninth-wicket stand of 62 runs.
Pakistan-Lanka ODI Fixture
Earlier, Sri Lanka recovered from their own top order failure to post a competitive 232/9.
The hosts had collapsed to 131/6 by the 34th over after Pakistan captain Younus Khan won the toss and elected to field in overcast conditions.
All-rounder Angelo Mathews (43) led the late revival, with the last four Sri Lankan wickets adding 101 valuable runs before the 50 overs ran out.
The second match will be played at the same venue on Saturday.