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Sri Lanka bowlers have New Zealand on ropes

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  • Sri Lanka take control on day two of second Test match against New Zealand
  • Paceman Thilan Thushara claims two top-order wickets for hosts in Colombo
  • Tourists stumble to 159 for five in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings total of 416
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(CNN) -- Fast bowler Thilan Thushara claimed two top-order wickets as Sri Lanka took firm control on day two of the second Test against New Zealand in Colombo on Thursday.

Thilan Thushara claimed two early wickets to leave New Zealand struggling in Colombo.

Thilan Thushara claimed two early wickets to leave New Zealand struggling in Colombo.

Thilan Samaraweera had earlier compiled a magnificent 143 and Mahela Jayawardene made 92 as the home side were eventually bowled out for 416 in their first innings.

The home bowlers -- led by Thushara -- then wreaked havoc to leave New Zealand staring down the barrel.

Thushara gave his side early breakthroughs with the wickets of Daniel Flynn (13) and Martin Guptill (35), while Dammika Prasad sent back opener Tim McIntosh cheaply to leave the visitors in complete disarray.

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath then picked up the wicket of Jesse Ryder (23) and Muttiah Muralitharan sent back nightwatchman Jeetan Patel as New Zealand stumbled to 159 for five at the close.

Ross Taylor, who battled hard to hold up one end, was unbeaten on 70 at stumps alongside Brendon McCullum (five not out).

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