DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka, Oct 4 (Reuters) Middle order batsman Owais Shah scored 82 to lift England to a modest 234-8 in the second one-day international against Sri Lanka today.
Shah rescued England from a slow start sharing important partnerships of 78 with Paul Collingwood (42) for the fifth-wicket and then 70 with Graham Swann (34).
The 28-year-old displayed great skill and application during a 92-ball innings that included five boundaries.
Sri Lanka's bowlers had started well after England chose to bat first, making early inroads and then bowling consistently straight on another sluggish Dambulla pitch.
Opener Alastair Cook fell first, brilliantly caught by a diving Mahela Jayawardene at first slip having edged a Chaminda Vaas outswinger after scoring just one run.
Farveez Maharoof, the man of the match during Sri Lanka's 119-run win on Monday, trapped Ian Bell (18) lbw and had Phil Mustard (28) caught at cover off a leading edge.
Kevin Pietersen laboured through 41 deliveries for his 12 runs before pulling a short ball straight to mid-wicket.
England were left struggling on 61 for 4 in the 19th over before Collingwood and Shah rebuilt the innings cautiously, avoiding risks and concentrating on consolidation.
Dilhara Fernando ended the partnership, trapping Collingwood lbw, but Shah was then supported by all-rounder Swan.
Maharoof was the pick of Sri Lanka's bowlers taking three for 30 from nine overs.
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