Boult picks six wickets in 15 balls: The Kiwi fast bowlers created havoc at Christchurch with his riveting figures.
During the second day of the second Test of the ongoing Sri Lanka’s tour of New Zealand at Christchurch, New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult created havoc in the opposition camp as he picked up six wickets within a span of 15 balls to bundle out the opposition.
The near-unbelievable spell of fast bowling was bowled in the first session of the day. Sri Lankan middle-order and tail-end batsmen gave the impression of having no answer whatsoever against Boult’s swinging deliveries.
After winning the toss yesterday, Sri Lanka put in the hosts to bat. Having bundled them out for 178 in 50 overs, Sri Lanka finished the day at 88-4 in 32 overs. With Angelo Mathews (27) and Roshen Silva (15) on strike, it was highly likely of the visitors gaining lead in the first innings.
Having said that, Boult made sure that New Zealand finishes the first innings with a 74-run lead.
It all started with Silva (21) throwing his hands at a fuller delivery, which went off his outside edge to New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee at third slip in the 37th over.
In Boult’s next over, Southee caught a one-handed stunner at third slip to dismiss wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella (4). On the last two deliveries of the over, Boult found Dilruwan Perera (0) and Suranga Lakmal (0) wanting in front of the stumps.
It took the left-arm fast bowler just six more deliveries to wrap up Sri Lanka No. 10 and 11 in Dushmantha Chameera (0) and Lahiru Kumara (0) as both of them were pinned in front of the stumps by Boult. Sri Lanka ended up scoring 104 in 41 overs.
Registering his sixth five-wicket haul in Test matches, Boult also picked up his career-best figures of 15-8-30-6. Watch the full video below:
— Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) December 27, 2018
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Boult below:
Wow! Just like that Trent Boult has wrapped up the Sri Lankan innings in a furious spell of swing bowling! He took SIX wickets for FOUR runs in just 15 balls!
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 26, 2018
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 26, 2018
Trent Boult’s last two overs: W 0 0 0 W W 0 W 0 0 0 W #NZvSL
— Sam Clench (@SamClench) December 26, 2018
I just watched Trent Boult take 4/0 in the space of eight balls.
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) December 26, 2018