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.
Southee, like Boult, also delivered a double-wicket maiden as the duo put on a superb display of seam bowling under overcast conditions.
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.
Southee struck again in the same over to send Niroshan Dickwella trudging back to the pavilion for nought.