New Zealand seal series with mammoth victory over Sri Lanka
New Zealand have wrapped up Sri Lanka's second innings just 12 minutes into the fifth day to clinch a dominant 423-run victory in the second Test in Christchurch and seal a 1-0 triumph in the two-match series.
Trent Boult trapped Dushmantha Chameera in front after only 10 minutes of play on Sunday and third umpire Rod Tucker dismissed Sri Lanka's review two minutes later to bring the match to an end.
With the first match in Wellington ending in a draw, Sunday's victory marks the first time New Zealand have won a fourth successive Test series.
"A fantastic achievement," said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. "It's exciting, the four series, even if I wasn't aware of it.
"But it's a proud achievement because we are playing in different conditions and having to adjust our games."
The victory was even more impressive given New Zealand had been reduced to 6-64 on the first day, before Tim Southee produced a counter-attacking innings of 68 that pushed their total through to 178.
Southee then blasted the top off Sri Lanka's reply, reducing them to 3-21. The performance on the first day earned him man-of-the match honours.
Boult followed up Southee's cameo with a stunning burst of six wickets in 15 deliveries early on the second day, which swung the game in New Zealand's favour as they took a 74-run first-innings lead.
New Zealand's batsmen all got starts in their second innings with Tom Latham (176) and Henry Nicholls (162 not out) notching their first centuries on their home ground as Williamson declared at 4-585.
Sri Lanka put up a stronger second innings performance as they sought to grind out an improbable 660 runs for victory, but their resistance was broken late on the fourth day after their top batsman Angelo Mathews retired hurt with a hamstring injury.
"Disappointed with the way we batted in the first innings but I'm happy with the way we played in the second innings as we fought hard as a team," said Sri Lanka captain Dinseh Chandimal.
"We are a young team, but if we can show the same character as Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews then we should be able to compete."