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Twitter Reactions: Trent Boult runs through Sri Lanka, Kiwis extend lead to 305

New Zealand had an amazing start in the second innings to take a decisive lead on day 2.

Tom Latham
Tom Latham. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka had a decent start to their innings on Day 1 and resumed things today with Angelo Mathews and Roshen Silva who were batting on 27 and 15 respectively with the team total at 88/4. It wasn’t the best position to be in but in response to New Zealand’s 178, they had a chance to overhaul the score. However, Kiwi pacer Trent Boult had some other plans.

The Lankans were 94/4 and the lightning Boult struck them thereafter. The pacer dismissed the last 6 batsmen in a space of just 15 deliveries to bowl them out for 104. His spell was so disastrous that the last four batsmen from No.8-11 couldn’t even muster a run on the scoreboard. The highest run-scorer in the Lankan innings was Mathews who remained unbeaten on 33 while the mayhem unfolded at the other end.

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Sri Lanka were 74 runs short of the first innings score and now needed to make a comeback with the ball, the Kiwis were otherwise running away with the game. When New Zealand walked out to bat for the second time it looked like a completely different surface. Jeet Raval and Tom Latham had a century stand for the opening wicket and it was only broken on 121 when Raval was caught by Mendis off Perera for 74.

Latham then had another solid partnership with skipper Kane Williamson and they added 67 runs for the second wicket. Williamson was dismissed by Lahiru Kumara just two short of what would have been another half century form the man who has been at his best all through the year. The opener was at it and continued to keep going with Ross Taylor for support this time.

Sri Lanka couldn’t find another success before stumps on day 2 and Latham remained unbeaten on 74 while Taylor had added 25. New Zealand are two down for 231 and the lead has extended over 300 which might already be a winning total for the home team.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to New Zealand’s dominance on the day:

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