The home side made three changes, bringing in middle-order batsman Dinesh Chandimal, leg spinner Seekkuge Prasanna and fast bowler Suranga Lakmal for the penultimate game of the seven-match series.
England were unchanged from the last match, which they won to keep the series alive.
Sri Lanka lead the series 3-2 with the seventh and final game to be played in Colombo on Tuesday.
England: Alastair Cook, Moeen Ali, James Taylor, Joe Root, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, James Tredwell, Steven Finn.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Sachithra Senanayake, Suranga Lakmal, Seekkuge Prasanna.
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford (AUS) Ranmore Martinesz (SRI)
TV umpire: Rod Tucker (AUS)
Match referee: David Boon (AUS). -AFP