WELLINGTON (AFP) – New Zealand recovered from first innings turmoil to convincingly beat Sri Lanka by 193 runs in the second Test in Wellington on Wednesday and record a 2-0 series whitewash.
Led by offspinner Mark Craig who took four for 53, New Zealand ripped through Sri Lanka’s second innings after setting them a 390-run target.
Sri Lanka were all out for 196, not helped by the questionable dismissal of Kumar Sangakkara.
The batting maestro’s 203 paved the way for Sri Lanka to hold a 135-run first innings lead and New Zealand were in dire straits when they collapsed to be five down and only 24 runs ahead in their second innings.
But a world record sixth-wicket stand of 365 by Kane Williamson and BJ Watling turned the game in New Zealand’s favour, leaving Craig and quick bowlers Trent Boult and Doug Bracewell to polish off Sri Lanka on the final day.