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Trent Boult became the third New Zealander to bag 250 Test wickets

New Zealand's experienced pace pair of Trent Boult and Tim Southee used the helpful conditions on offer to pick up two scalps each, as Sri Lanka found themselves in a spot of bother at 144 for 6 at Lunch on Day 2 of the second Test. Persistent rain then washed out the final two sessions of play.

After the initial 45 minutes was delayed due to inclement weather, Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme bowled with good discipline, and also found a hint of movement in the air and off the pitch to trouble the Sri Lankan batsmen. Eventually, Angelo Mathews was dismissed by Boult. It was a loose shot from the veteran as he tried to pull a short delivery down leg and was caught behind. By picking up Mathews's wicket, Boult also took his 250th Test scalp. Only Sir Richard Hadlee and Daniel Vettori have more Test wickets for New Zealand than Boult.

The left-arm pacer had further success when he removed Kusal Perera LBW with the inswinger. The southpaw padded up to the delivery and paid the price. He could have made another incision when Dhananjaya de Silva eked out a leading edge but Boult fluffed a sitter off his own bowling. Despite losing a couple of his batting partners, Dimuth Karunaratne (65) soldiered along. He even reached the milestone of 12,000 first-class runs with a flick off Boult. He also received a reprieve when Kane Williamson dropped a tough chance off Ajaz Patel.

New Zealand, though, didn't have to wait for long as Southee used the three-quarter seam delivery to induce Karunaratne to edge one. He employed similar tactics to send Niroshan Dickwella back to the hut. At that stage, de Silva and Dilruwan Perera combined to wade through a tough phase and steered them to the break.

At the fag end of the session, heavens opened up. Unfortunately, the persistent rain didn't relent and play was called off at 3.30pm local. So, for the second day in a row, incessant rain ensured only about 30 overs were bowled.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 144/6 (Dimuth Karunaratne 65, Kusal Mendis 32; Trent Boult 2-33) v New Zealand.

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