New Zealand gun paceman Trent Boult wreaked havoc against Sri Lanka in the ongoing second day’s play of the second Test match. The visitors were 94-4 and they were bowled out for 104 runs in their first innings. New Zealand had posted 178 runs in their first dig and thus they enjoyed a first innings lead of 74 runs.
Meanwhile, Trent Boult was on fire as he scalped six wickets by giving only four runs on the second day morning. Boult carried his mayhem as he took half-a-dozen wickets in just 15 balls. Sri Lanka batsmen had no answer to the firing spell from the southpaw fast bowler as they surrendered their weapons.
Trent Boult obliterated Sri Lanka’s batting line-up.
In fact, all the last four wickets were taken via Leg Before Wicket. Furthermore, Tim Southee was the catcher on the two other wickets. Southee also scalped three wickets to push the tourists on the backfoot.
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Moreover, Southee was the survivor with the bat for the Kiwis as the right-hander had scored a quickfire knock of 68 off just 65 balls to bail out his team out of the trouble. The Blackcaps wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling had scored a fighting knock of 46 runs.
Meanwhile, New Zealand openers Jeet Raval and Tom Latham have made a solid start in the second essay. The openers have thus far added 104 runs. Consequently, the hosts lead by 178 runs and Sri Lanka is staring down the barrel of the gun.
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On the other hand, Sri Lanka’s vice-captain Suranga Lakmal had scalped five wickets in the first innings as he had got the ball in the right areas. Moreover, Lahiru Kumara had taken three wickets to skittle out the hosts below 200.
The first Test match between the two sides had ended in a stalemate. New Zealand has put their noses in front in the second match of the two-match series.