The Sri Lankan tail had no idea how to play Trent Boult.
The Sri Lankan tail had no idea how to play Trent Boult.

Kiwi star’s incredible spell routs Sri Lanka

TRENT Boult has broken a personal wicket drought in spectacular fashion, taking six wickets for four runs in the space of 15 balls as New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for 104 on day two of the second Test in Christchurch.

Boult, who has 224 wickets in 58 Tests, began the day with 0-20 in Sri Lanka's first innings after also struggling for form in the first Test at Wellington where he took 2-145.

Suddenly the dry spell evaporated as Boult went from 0-26 to 6-30 - his best bowling figures in an innings.

After resuming on Thursday at 4-88 in reply to New Zealand's 178, Sri Lanka was all out for 104 in the space of nine overs, giving New Zealand a 74-run lead.

Boult said he felt some frustration when the wickets weren't coming, though he felt he was bowling well.

"I think a little bit can creep if you let it," he said.

"It's been a tough time. In the UAE (against Pakistan) it's tough conditions for a seam bowler and you come here and you almost expect it to happen. We know what works well here and we kept it in good areas."

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