England, after losing the toss, were 75 for three against Sri Lanka at lunch on the first day of the second Test at Lord's in London on Friday.
Alastair Cook and Ian Bell were both 32 not out.
England lead the three-match series 1-0.
Earlier, Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan won the toss and elected to field against England.
England made one, injury-enforced, change to the side that won the first Test by an innings and 14 runs in Cardiff on Monday, with fast bowler Steven Finn recalled on his Middlesex home ground after James Anderson was ruled out with a side strain.
Sri Lanka welcomed back paceman Dilhara Fernando, who missed the series opener with a knee problem, and brought in left-arm seamer Chanaka Welgedara with spinner Ajantha Mendis and medium-pacer Thisara Perera both dropped.
England's victory in Cardiff, achieved after Sri Lanka collapsed to 82 all out on Monday, gave them a 1-0 lead in this three-match series.
England: Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior (wkt), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, Chris Tremlett
Sri Lanka: Tharanga Paranavitana, Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Prasanna Jayawardene (wkt), Farveez Maharoof, Chanaka Welgedara, Rangana Herath, Dilhara Fernando, Suranga Lakmal
Umpires: Billy Doctrove (WIS) and Rod Tucker (AUS)
TV umpire: Rod Tucker (AUS)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)