Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 2nd Test Day 2: Boult, Southee put New Zealand in charge

Trent Boult, Tim Southee take two wickets apiece Sri Lanka New Zealand 2nd Test Day 2 Colombo cricket

Trent Boult claimed his 250th Test wicket after dismissing Angelo Mathews

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New Zealand seamers Trent Boult and Tim Southee both bowled double-wicket maidens to put their side in charge against Sri Lanka on a rain-affected second day in Colombo.

Starting off the day on 85/2, Sri Lanka only added eight runs to their overnight score before Angelo Mathews was caught behind off the bowling of Boult for two runs.

Mathews’ dismissal marked a special milestone for Boult as it gave him his 250th Test wicket.

Kusal Perera was on his way back to the pavilion four balls later as he was trapped lbw for a duck.

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who finished unbeaten on 49 at the end of the first day, ended up making a 165-ball 65, which included six boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Southee.

Southee struck again three balls later as Niroshan Dickwella was caught behind for a duck.

Dhananjaya de Silva and Dilruwan Perera managed to forge an unbeaten 14-run partnership before the rain came.

Since it refused to relent, stumps was called at 3.30pm, meaning only 29.3 overs of play was possible.

De Silva finished on 32, which came off 62 balls and included four boundaries, while Dilruwan remained unbeaten on five.

Boult and Southee picked up two wickets apiece, while William Somerville and Colin de Grandhomme claimed one wicket each.

Sri Lanka ended day two on 144/6 and will continue batting on Saturday at 09:45 local time or 04:15 GMT.

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