Rangana Herath spinned England by grabbing 12 wickets in the first Test which Sri Lanka won by 75 runs on the fourth day at Galle.
England was cruising towards the target of 340 runs set by Sri Lanka in the first Test and has scored 111-2 with two days to spare.
The first Test was evenly poised on the second day when the batsmen from both sides were unable to read the spinners and 17 wickets were lost altogether.
The Sri Lankan Captain, Mahela Jayawardene led the team from the front against the lethal bowling attack of England by thrashing unbeaten 168.
The dashing opener David Warner hurt himself with a groin injury while thrashing163 in the initial final and might not play the second encounter.
Sri Lanka registered their first test victory after the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan.