New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 2: Latham, Raval extend New Zealand’s lead after Boult’s incredible six-for

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Trent Boult finished with career-best figures of 6-30 off 15 overs

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Trent Boult took six wickets in 15 balls to leave Sri Lanka in shambles before Tom Latham and Jeet Raval extended New Zealand’s lead to 305 with knocks of 74 each.

Starting off the day on 88/4, Boult’s rampage began with the dismissal of Roshen Silva, who was caught by Tim Southee at third slip for 21.

Boult then took out Niroshan Dickwella before Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara were all trapped lbw without the troubling the scorers.

As a result, Sri Lanka were skittled out of 104, which gave New Zealand a 74-run lead.

Boult was the pick of the bowlers with six wickets, while Southee snapped up three and Colin de Grandhomme chipped in with one.

With a 74-run lead in hand, New Zealand made a strong start to their second innings as Raval and Latham amassed a 121-run partnership, during which Raval surpassed his fifty, before he was caught by Kusal Mendis at short leg off the bowling of Dilruwan for 74, which came off 162 balls and included eight boundaries.

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Jeet Raval (left) and Tom Latham both made fifties

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Latham and captain Kane Williamson kept the runs flowing with a 68-run stand, during which Latham surpassed his half-century, before Williamson was caught by Mendis at first slip off the bowling of Kumara for 48.

Latham and Ross Taylor ensured New Zealand finished on a high as they added 42 runs to the score before stumps was called.

Latham ended up making 74, which came off 213 balls and included eight boundaries, while Taylor remained undefeated on 25, which came off 27 deliveries and included five boundaries.

Dilruwan and Kumara claimed one wicket each.

New Zealand ended day two on 231/2 and will continue batting on Friday at 11:00 local time or 22:00 GMT (the previous day).

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