Sri Lanka are once again without Dimuth Karunaratne as they aim to put a halt to England's impressive winning run overseas.
Sri Lanka have won only one of their past seven Tests, but captain Dimuth Karunaratne fancies their chances against England.
After Sri Lanka completed their two-Test tour of Pakistan, skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said: "We knew we were secure and we feel safe here."
Pakistan's pacemen took four wickets in the afternoon session in their first Test in their homeland since 2009.
Pakistan will host Tests for the first time in a decade next month, and their opponents Sri Lanka will be at full strength.
Dimuth Karunaratne conceded Sri Lanka's batsmen did not pull their weight in Colombo as New Zealand stormed to a series-tying victory.
New Zealand removed Kusal Mendis and Lahiru Thirimanne but had no answer to Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne.
Dimuth Karunaratne ended his wait for a ninth Test century as he hit 122 in Sri Lanka's six-wicket victory over New Zealand.
Dimuth Karunaratne is anticipating Lasith Malinga will play his final ODI for Sri Lanka against Bangladesh on Friday.
Rohit Sharma has set one World Cup record and another belonging to Sachin Tendulkar is in sight as in-form India move into the semi-finals.