England appeared to have the sport sown up after holding Sri Lanka to 111 at Glamorgan’s headquarters.
But they collapsed to 36-4 within the face of some spirited Sri Lanka bowling chasing 112 — a goal diminished to 103 from 18 overs following a rain delay.
But Sam Billings (24) and Livingstone (29 not out) steadied the innings.
Billings fell shortly earlier than the end however Sam Curran (16 not out) helped England to a 5-wicket win with 11 balls to spare because the world’s high-ranked T20 facet went 2-0 up on this three-match series.
“Any test that we come up against at this stage, with the (T20) World Cup in mind, is a good challenge — anything out of the ordinary is good,” England captain Eoin Morgan instructed Sky Sports.
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“So certainly the hiccup we had early in our innings when we were trying to force the equation a little bit with the bat pegged us back but the composure of Liam Livingstone and Sam Billings really showed our strength in depth.”
Earlier, a positive collective effort within the area noticed Sri Lanka held to a meagre whole, with 111 the fewest quantity of runs England have conceded when bowling their full 20 overs at this stage.
Fast bowler Mark Wood (2-18) and leg-spinner Adil Rashid (2-24) led the way in which as England averted conceding a boundary within the powerplay for the primary time in a T20 worldwide.
Kusal Mendis (39) and Kusal Perera (21) supplied the one significant resistance with the bat.
But England, with out Jos Buttler due to a calf drawback following the opener’s 68 in Wednesday’s 1st T20 in Cardiff, noticed Jonny Bairstow bowled for a duck by paceman Binura Fernando at first of their chase.
Dawid Malan then fell for his second single determine rating of the series, lbw to Dushmantha Chameera.
The harmful Jason Roy was dismissed for 17 when he holed out to lengthy-on with Morgan (11) additionally falling cheaply.
But, with such a small goal to chase, one first rate partnership was all the time possible to be sufficient for England.
Billings and Livingstone fitted the invoice, with Lancashire all-rounder Livingstone thrilling spectators with a ramped six.
Curran’s six down the bottom ended the match, with England assured of a series success forward of Saturday’s finale at Southampton.