New Zealand thrashed Sri Lanka by an innings and 65 runs in the second Test in Colombo on Monday to level the two-match series 1-1.
The victory was achieved with an hour left on day five when Lasith Embuldeniya edged a short delivery from Trent Boult to Kane Williamson at gully.
Sri Lanka was bowled out for 122 runs after the Blackcaps declared their second innings on 431 for six with a first-innings lead of 185.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella (51) fought a lone battle for the hosts but he was the ninth man to be dismissed after a three-hour vigil.
Sri Lanka, who scored 244 in their first innings, were still 187 behind when they started their second innings.
Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and William Somerville all bagged two wickets apiece.
With this win, New Zealand has also earned a valuable 60 points to get off the mark in the ICC World Test Championship.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
That’s the 7th time @blackcaps have won a test by an innings whilst losing only 6 wickets or fewer.
The third time this year!
— Mike Thorpe (@MikeThorpeTVNZ) August 26, 2019
Well played, New Zealand. Richly deserved.#SLvNZ
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) August 26, 2019
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) August 26, 2019
ALL OVER! Great Test victory on day five 🏏 Trent Boult takes the final wicket with a short ball, the catch spooning to Kane Williamson in the gully. That's our first #WTC21 points! #SLvNZ pic.twitter.com/TZEv7DVSQL
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) August 26, 2019
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) August 26, 2019
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) August 26, 2019
— SANKA (@SankaShakula) August 26, 2019
— Jason JT Tikao (@JTCoast) August 26, 2019
Great win for the #BlackCaps and levelled the series 1-1.
2 Test series need to die. NZ know how to work as a unit , play the game fairly as well #SLvNZ
— Everybody Wang Chung Tonight🇳🇴🇮🇸🇬🇩 (@Yes_IamSancho) August 26, 2019
New Zealand seal a memorable win at the P Sara Oval
The series is shared 1-1, and the visitors have 60 World Test Championship points on the board!
— Muhammad Noman (@Nomancricket29) August 26, 2019