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Boult, Southee rattle SL in Colombo Test

AFP, Colombo
Boult, Southee rattle SL in Colombo Test
New Zealand bowler Trent Boult (R) celebrates with Henry Nicholls after he dismissed Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Perera at P Sara Oval cricket stadium in Colombo yesterday. Afp photo

Trent Boult and Tim Southee led New Zealand's charge against Sri Lanka on day two of the rain-hit second Test in Colombo on Friday.

The pacemen claimed two wickets each as Sri Lanka reached 144 for six at lunch when rain came down and no further play was possible.

Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne moved from his overnight 49 to score 65 and provided the only bit of resistance in the morning session, which saw 29.3 overs bowled.

Boult took two early wickets in one over after Sri Lanka resumed the day at 85 for two.

Dhananjaya de Silva on 32 and Dilruwan Perera on five were at the crease.

Southee, like Boult, also delivered a double-wicket maiden as the duo put on a superb display of seam bowling under overcast conditions.

Boult got overnight batsman Angelo Mathews caught behind for two to reach a landmark of 250 Test wickets -- only the third Kiwi bowler to achieve the feat.

Boult trapped Kusal Perera lbw for nought after just three balls as Sri Lanka slipped to 93-4 and would have been in further trouble had Boult held on to a simple catch from de Silva off his own bowling a few overs later.

“Today's a special day for Trent. He's become the third highest wicket-taker for New Zealand,” New Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgensen told reporters.

“He's got great passion and energy which he brings to our team. I think the skill and execution and the way he's contributed to the team has been amazing.”

Karunaratne also got a lifeline on 61 when Kane Williamson could not grab a tough chance at short mid-wicket off Ajaz Patel. But the left-hander, who completed his 23rd Test fifty after resuming the day on 49, soon fell, caught behind off Southee for 65.

 

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