Sports desk: New Zealand sealed a comfortable 423-run win over Sri Lanka early on the final day in the second Test to seal the two-Test series 1-0 in Christchurch on Sunday (December 30). Heading into the final day, the hosts needed four wickets to cap off a win and did so in some style.
Trent Boult was too hot to handle for Suranga Lakmal as the left-arm pacer knocked off the off pole on the third delivery of the day to give New Zealand a perfect start. Neil Wagner continued with his ploy of short balls and struck in the very next over to bounce out Dilruwan Perera as the visitors slipped further. Dushmantha Chameera was the last one to fall as Boult bagged another to end with 3 for 77. Angelo Mathews, who is struggling with a hamstring injury, didn’t come out to bat as New Zealand needed just 14 deliveries to end the year on a high.
This is also the first time New Zealand have won four consecutive series’. They defeated Windies at home and then managed to take the series against England 1-0. Their most impressive win, however, came in the UAE where they defeated Pakistan 2-1 in a three-Test series. Their last best streak of three consecutive series win had last come in 2013-14 when they defeated Windies (home and away) and India. In 2005, they won against Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Windies before losing to South Africa.
Brief scores: New Zealand 178 (Suranga Lakmal 5-54) & 585/4 dec (Tom Latham 176, Henry Nicholls 161) beat Sri Lanka 104 (Trent Boult 6-30) & 236 (Kusal Mendis 67; Neil Wagner 4-48) by 423 runs.