The visitors were bowled out for 282 having been set 405 runs to win and while they were always chasing the game from day one, they made it difficult for Brendon McCullum's side.
Having put 431 on the board after being sent in to bat, New Zealand needed 117 overs to bowl Sri Lanka out for 294 in their first innings and were in the 96th over of the tourists' second innings before seamer Doug Bracewell took a caught and bowled from Suranga Lakmal to end the game.
"It was a pretty professional display but gee, we had to work pretty hard as well to get 20 wickets," McCullum said in a televised interview.

"I think the bowlers did an outstanding job. Obviously when you don't bowl first on a wicket like that, it's going to be tough," he added of the green-tinged wicket presented last Thursday.

Sri Lanka were 224-6 at the lunch break today before paceman Boult grabbed both Rangana Herath (six) and Milinda Sarawardana (29) in the first 20 minutes of the middle session.

Spin-bowling all-rounder Mitchell Santner bowled Dushmantha Chameera for 14 and Lakmal belted four boundaries in his 23 before hitting the ball straight back to Bracewell.
"I thought we fought really hard," Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said.

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