BIRMINGHAM: England bowled well and was slick in the field to restrict Sri Lanka to 254-7 on what appeared to be a good batting pitch in the second one-day international on Friday.
Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid took two wickets each in a good allround performance from England's bowlers at Edgbaston after Sri Lanka chose to bat first.
Dinesh Chandimal made 52 and captain Angelo Mathews 44. Their 82-run stand was the best for Sri Lanka. Upul Tharanga added late runs with 53 from 49 balls, with five fours and a six.
Legspinner Rashid finished with 2-34, including the important wicket of Mathews to break his partnership with Chandimal.
The five-match series is level at 0-0 after England's late fightback in the first game culminated in a last-ball tie.