The match was over in the 43rd minute of the fifth day's play when first slip Sanath Jayasuriya held on to a simple catch from the last batsman, Shyane O'Conner, who went for nought off Muttiah Muralitheran.
New Zealand resumed from an overnight 94 for 5 and hit trouble in the very first over when the left arm spinner Niroshan Bandaratilleke had Chris Cairns caught close-in by Hashan Tillekaratne for his overnight score of 16. The New Zealand innings then caved in without resistance, all out for 114.
After taking a first innings lead of 130 runs, Sri Lanka had taken five quick wickets on Saturday to leave New Zealand on 94 for 5 with Adam Parore and Cairns struggling at the crease on 25 and 16 respectively.
Yesterday's victory levelled the three-match series at 1-1 after Sri Lanka lost the first Test by 167 runs last week. The deciding game begins in the capital, Colombo, on Wednesday.Reuse content