India will next face England at the same venue on 23 September.
England, meanwhile, will also start its title defence at the R Premadasa Stadium on 21 September next year, against one of the two qualifiers for the tournament, which will conclude on 7 October.
Australia, chasing the one global trophy that has eluded them till now, will go head-to-head with the other qualifier in Colombo on 19 September.
Sri Lanka, which lost to England in the semi-final of last year`s tournament in the West Indies, will open its campaign against Zimbabwe under lights in Hambantota on the first day of the tournament, 18 September, before taking on South Africa at the same venue on 22 September.
If Sri Lanka reaches the Super Eight, it will then go on to play in Pallekele before moving to Colombo if it qualifies for the knock-out stage.
Pakistan, which won the 2009 edition in England, has been grouped with New Zealand and Bangladesh, and will play their matches in Pallekele on 23 and 25 September, respectively. Pallekele will also host the New Zealand-Bangladesh match on 21 September.
Interestingly, if things go according to pre-tournament seedings then arch-rivals India and Pakistan will lock horns in a Super Eight match in Colombo on 30 September.
The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super Eights round, which will also be contested in two pools. The first two in each pool will advance to the semi-finals.