New Zealand celebrate a historic victory on Sunday when they needed just 14 balls on Day Five to demolish Sri Lanka by a colossal 423 runs in the second Test in Christchurch.
“That’s quite a cool thing to achieve,” skipper Kane Williamson said, reflecting on New Zealand winning a fourth consecutive series for the first time in their 88-year Test history.
The victory over Sri Lanka, by the biggest ever margin for New Zealand and eighth largest of all time in terms of runs, followed back-to-back series wins against the West Indies, England, and Pakistan this year.
Sri Lanka, having been set an improbable 660-run target, resumed the final day at 231/6 and lost their first wicket with the third ball of the morning when Trent Boult bowled Surannga Lakmal for 18. Sri Lanka won the toss and had New Zealand 6/64 before a whirlwind 68 from man-of-the-match Tim Southee lifted New Zealand to 178.
Sri Lanka were cruising towards that target until a purple patch from Trent Boult whose six wickets for four runs wiped out the lower order and the tourists were all out for 104.