New Zealand have won the second Test match against Sri Lanka and with it the series.
Going into Day 5, the tourists had a mammoth total to chase if they were going to win the match, thanks to the world record 365-run stand between Kane Williamson and BJ Watling.
Sri Lanka had already lost Dimuth Karunaratne the night before and started play on 45/1. Nightwatchman Dhammika Prasad was the first wicket to fall, quickly followed by Kumar Sangakkara, who managed just five runs in potentially his last Test match innings.
End of an era
Sangakkara, like Pradeep before, fell to in-form Trent Boult (2-55). There seemed to be little resistance in the Sri Lankan middle-order as Kaushal Silva went soon after reaching fifty, then captain Angelo Matthews (8) along with Prasanna Jayawardene (10) and Dinesh Chandimal (13) could not prevent the slide.
Lahiru Thirimanne showed some fighting spirit as he recorded his third Test fifty but soon ran out of partners as Mark Craig (4-53) wiped up the tail. Tim Southee brought proceedings to a close, clean bowling Nuwan Pradeep. Thirimanne finished 63 not out, but it had no bearing on the results as New Zealand won by 193 runs.
Williamson heralded following double-ton
Kane Williamson was named Man-of-the-Match, after his scintillating knock of 242* and his captain, Brendon McCullum declared that Williamson “could go down as New Zealand's greatest ever batter”.
Now the Test series is complete the two sides can focus on their preparations for the World Cup, with a seven match ODI series taking place between the two nations before the tournament kicks off on February 14.
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