England Lions mislaid their second four-day compare with Sri Lanka A, though batsman Liam Livingstone matched a attainment usually Kevin Pietersen had achieved before.
Livingstone assimilated Pietersen as a second batsman in a 35-year story of England B, England A and England Lions cricket to measure a century in any innings of a first-class match.
The Lancashire 23-year-old scored 140 not out, following a first-innings 105.
But Sri Lanka squared a two-match array with a three-wicket victory.
After Sri Lanka followed England’s 353 with a measure of 548, a visitors were bowled out for 284, withdrawal a hosts requiring 90 to win from a final day’s dusk session.
England Lions’ five-match one-day array with Sri Lanka A starts in Dambulla on Friday.