London: England and Sri Lanka drew the second Test at Lord`s here on Tuesday, a result that left England 1-0 up in this three-match series.
Sri Lanka were set an imposing target of 343 to win in 58 overs on Tuesday`s final day.
But the more pressing problem for the tourists was to avoid losing 10 wickets as happened in their innings and 14-run first Test defeat in Cardiff.
This they did, closing on 127 for three when a draw was agreed and that left Sri Lanka with a chance of squaring the series in the third Test starting at the Rose Bowl on June 16.
England 1st Inns: 486 (M Prior 126, A Cook 96, E Morgan 79, S Broad 54, I Bell 52; C Welegedara 4-122, S Lakmal 3-126)
Sri Lanka 1st Inns: 479 (T Dilshan 193, T Paranavitana 65; S Finn 4-108, G Swann 3-101
England 2nd Inns: 335-7 dec (A Cook 106, K Pietersen 72, J Trott 58, I Bell 57 no; R Herath 3-87)
Sri Lanka 2nd Inns: 127-3
Result: Match drawn
Series: England lead three-match series 1-0