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Boult’s 6-wicket onslaught puts New Zealand in charge

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New Zealand’s Trent Boult (left) with Neil Wagner during day two of the second Test match against Sri Lanka at Hagley Park Oval in Christchurch. (AFP pic)

CHRISTCHURCH: A withering burst of six wickets for four runs by Trent Boult put New Zealand firmly in charge of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Christchurch on Thursday

In the space of 15 deliveries, the left-arm seamer destroyed Sri Lanka with a dream spell of bowling that handed New Zealand a 74-run first innings lead which had increased to 110 by the time they went to lunch.

Sri Lanka resumed the day at 88 for four with the in-form Angelo Mathews unbeaten on 27 to give them a slight advantage as they closed in on New Zealand’s first innings 178.

But after adding six to their overnight total, Sri Lanka crashed when Boult unleashed his lethal attack and their innings was over just 45 minutes into the day.

Boult, who sent down 10 overs without reward on day one, finished with a career-best six for 30 off 15 overs, eclipsing his previous best of six for 32 against England earlier this year.

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