Kiwis on top of Sri Lanka
Colombo - Tim Southee completed a five-wicket
haul to help New Zealand gain a big lead over Sri Lanka on the
penultimate day of the second and final Test at the P. Sara Oval in
Colombo on Wednesday.
The fast bowler finished with 5-62 for his
third five-wicket haul in a Test innings and left-arm paceman Trent
Boult with 4-42 as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 244 in their first
innings in reply to New Zealand's 412.
The tourists were 59-2 in
their second innings at lunch for an overall lead of 227 with eight
wickets in hand, with Kane Williamson (11 not out) and skipper Ross
Taylor (one not out) at the crease.
Martin Guptill (11) was caught
by Tillakaratne Dilshan on second attempt at gully off paceman Shaminda
Eranga while Brendon McCullum was stumped off left-arm spinner Rangana
Herath after scoring a 43-ball 35 with seven fours.
earlier required just 7.4 overs of pace in the morning to claim the last
four wickets for just 19 after the hosts had resumed at 225-6, with
Boult taking three and Southee one.
Boult struck in successive
overs when he had middle-order batsman Thilan Samaraweera (76) caught by
Guptill at second slip and then trapped Suraj Randiv (39) leg-before.
fell at his overnight score while lower-order batsman Randiv made just
five in the morning. The pair added 97 for the seventh wicket.
then had Nuwan Kulasekara (six) caught by Taylor at first slip before
Boult ended the innings with the wicket of Herath (five), who fell to a
brilliant left-handed catch by Williamson at gully.
Sri Lanka lead the series 1-0 following their 10-wicket victory in the opening Test in Galle.