COLOMBO – New Zealand skittled Sri Lanka out for 122 on Monday to secure a series-levelling victory by an innings and 65 runs on the final day of a rain-hit second Test in Colombo.
New Zealand had batted on for five overs in the morning, allowing BJ Watling to complete a century before declaring their first-innings closed on 431/6, in reply to Sri Lanka’s 244.
That gave the tourists, who lost the opening Test in Galle, a lead of 187 with 91 overs of play left.
And their bowlers provided the early strikes they needed to reduce Sri Lanka to 32/5.
“A great effort to push for victory and ultimately come out on the winning side,” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said at the presentation ceremony.