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Rain thwarts NZ in second Test v Sri Lanka

By AAP Newswire

Fast bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee took two wickets apiece to put Sri Lanka on the back foot during second Test as the hosts reached 6-144 on a rain-shortened second day.

Less than 30 overs of play was possible after a late start as rain arrived minutes before lunch and disrupted further play.

Sri Lanka resumed day two on 2-85 after a rain-hit opening day but New Zealand's seamers used the overcast conditions at P.Sara Oval to good effect to pluck four wickets during the session.

Boult struck twice in the 42nd over, having Angelo Mathews (2) dismissed with the first ball when he attempted a pull shot and gloved a catch to wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

The dismissal was Boult's 250th Test scalp.

In the fifth delivery, Kusal Perera (0) was trapped lbw leaving Sri Lanka at 4-93.

Southee joined the fray by taking the prized wicket of in-form captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who was caught behind for 65 runs.

Karunaratne carried his good form from the first test in which he scored a century, and faced 165 deliveries and hit six boundaries.

Sri Lanka looks for a sweep in the two-match series having won the first Test in Galle by six wickets.

New Zealand must win the game to square the series and collect points to improve on the World Test Championship ratings.