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New Zealand’s bowlers carved through Sri Lanka’s batting line-up on the final day in Colombo to lead the team to an innings and 65-run win.
Starting off the day on 382/5, New Zealand failed to add any runs to their overnight score before Colin de Grandhomme was caught by Lahiru Kumara at deep square leg off the bowling of Lasith Embuldeniya for 83, which came off 77 balls and included five boundaries and five sixes.
BJ Watling and Tim Southee forged an unbeaten 49-run partnership, during which Watling brought up his hundred, before New Zealand declared on 431/6, which gave them a 187-run lead.
Watling finished on 105, which came off 226 balls and included nine boundaries, while Southee remained undefeated on 24, which came off 10 deliveries and included two boundaries and two sixes.
Dilruwan Perera was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Embuldeniya snapped up two and Kumara chipped in with one.
Trailing by 187 runs, Sri Lanka were dealt a big blow on the fifth ball of their innings as Lahiru Thirimanne was run out by Ajaz Patel for a duck.
Kusal Perera failed to trouble the scorers as well as he was caught behind off the bowling of Trent Boult.
De Grandhomme then took out Angelo Mathews, while Dhananjaya de Silva was removed by Patel for one run.
Kusal Mendis was the next to go as he was clean bowled by William Somerville for 20.
Captain Dimuth Karunaratne mustered 21 runs before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Southee, who also took out Dilruwan.
Niroshan Dickwella and Suranga Lakmal added 40 runs to the score before Lakmal was sent packing by Somerville for 14.
Dickwella managed to make a 161-ball 51, which included six boundaries, before he was dismissed by Patel.
Sri Lanka were eventually skittled out for 122 when Embuldeniya was caught by New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson at second slip off the bowling of Boult for five runs.
Boult, Southee, Patel and Somerville took two wickets apiece, while De Grandhomme claimed one.
New Zealand batsman Tom Latham was named Man of the Match for his knock of 154.