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New Zealand complete massive win over Sri Lanka

Published:Thursday | January 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP):

New Zealand wrapped up a 193-run victory over Sri Lanka yesterday to complete a 2-0 win in the two-Test series and continue their fine form in Test cricket.

Mark Craig took 4-53 as New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for 196 with a session to spare at the Basin Reserve.

Sri Lanka resumed at 45-1, chasing an improbable 390 to win and square the series. The highest fourth-innings total to win a Test at Basin Reserve was 277 by Pakistan in 2003.

The Black Caps have not lost a Test series since defeat in England in March, 2013. Since then New Zealand have recorded home series wins against India, the West Indies and Sri Lanka, defeated the West Indies away and have drawn series in Bangladesh and against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

The latest Test win - having trailed by 135 runs on first innings - followed an eight-wicket victory in the first Test and was their seventh in 10 Tests since February.

The match was turned by a world-record sixth-wicket partnership by Williamson and Watling in New Zealand's second innings. Williamson notched his first double century with a 242 and Watling made 142 not out in a 365-run stand.

precarious position

"The last little while we've played some outstanding cricket," New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said. "To be able to fight our way out of an incredibly precarious position and not just save the Test, to go on and win it in the manner that we did is testament to the work these guys do off the field.

"It shows how hard this team works, how hungry they are to perform for their country and also the confidence we're starting to develop within the group."

The teams will now play seven-match one-day international series beginning in Christchurch on Sunday.