Player of the Match
Player of the Match

The New Zealand players soak themselves in champagne after what has been a stellar performance from the boys. They are truly a force to reckon with in the longer form, and they will hope to continue on in the shorter formats with the ICC World Cup looming just around the corner. We certainly hope you enjoyed our coverage of this Test series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. On behalf of Devashish Fuloria and Andrew Fidel Fernando, this is Rohan Sharma signing off for ESPNcricinfo. Till the next match!

Brendon McCullum, New Zealand captain: The last little while we have played some outstanding cricket. To find a way out of the precarious situation we were in was special. The confidence has definitely improved among the group. Great Test win for the side and a series we are really proud of. Great performances from Kane and Watling, along with the bowlers. We have been through an interesting period where our results probably hadn't stacked up for a while now. The boys were desperate to make their time with the New Zealand team a successful one, and that has shown in the fighting instincts the team has shown, and in how we have performed in difficult times. We are starting to make some headway into where we should be. We have had some challenges in front of us. Winning away from home was not easy, like we did in the West Indies, and then to tie the series against Pakistan in the UAE, then come here and put up some stellar performances against a very good Sri Lankan team, in particular, Kumar Sangakkara. It is great to see different people standing up and feeling comfortable to perform. We don't want to get too far ahead, but we are plenty pleased with how far we have come over the last 12-14 months.

Kane Williamson, Man of the Match: Someone did mention it to me (fastest to 3000 Test runs by a New Zealander). The culture in the team has been outstanding for a while now. It has reflected in our performances, led in front by Brendon and the outstanding year they have had, along with Ross. The bowlers were outstanding again as they took the twenty wickets. I think we were both quite tired. I thought he played outstandingly (Watling, 365-run stand). It is a good cricket wicket. Usually provides a little for the ball and bat. It definitely flattened out a lot so it was great for BJ and I to put up that partnership, and then set it up for the bowlers to take it through. Think it is important to keep looking at the next match to keep grounded and keep improving so that when the World Cup comes around we will be ready.

The Man of the Match is Kane Williamson for his 69 and 242.

3.57pm The presentation has just begun..

danik: "where does sri lanka go from here? if sanga retires i fear that will truly be the end of SL as a competitive Test team, even against the likes of Zim and bangla"

Steve: "When do the next test rankings come out - I'm hoping we might have moved up a couple of places."

Longboarder: "Wow, wow, wow. Congratulations to the Black Caps who are turning in to a great team. What a wonderfully intriguing game. Long live test cricket."

Hamish: "Kane along with Rutherford will enjoy that champagne"

AJ: " Kane bowls - so he gets to go for a ride in the limo with the bowlers to the top of Mt Victoria for a champagne!"

Jack: "Great test match. Best of all it was played in the proper spirit of the game, unlike the Aus/India series. "

3.50pm So New Zealand wrap up victory just before tea on the final day to finalise a 193-run victory. We will be back shortly for the match presentation

Mark Craig's four wickets in the second innings played a pivotal role, while not enough can be said about the 365-run stand for the sixth wicket between Williamson and Watling in New Zealand's second innings, which really put the hosts in control

3.45pm It has been a thoroughly brilliant performance from New Zealand, not only over the course of this Test, but the entire series. They have safely secured a whitewash as they take the two-match series 2-0.

Southee to Pradeep, OUT, full and right on middle as Southee does the job his captain wanted. Pradeep plays all around this one as his stumps are left splayed on the ground. Too good for the tailender

N Pradeep b Southee 1 (9m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Southee to Thirimanne, no run, short of a length outside off as Thirimanne has a lazy waft at it. Watling likes it tough after taking the catch, but Brendon decides, very late at that, that he wants the review. Doesn't appear to be any contact with the bat as it flew past the edge. So this turns out to be a dud for New Zealand
Williamson to Thirimanne, FOUR runs, turn and bounce from Williamson as Thirimanne cuts this late behind square to find a boundary through third man
Craig to Thirimanne, OUT, Thirimanne has a push at this one outside off, hitting it too well to short cover who is onto it like a flash as he commits a huge blunder, selling his partner down the river as Lakmal is unable to get to the other end in time as Watling collects the throw and flicks the bails. And with tea just five-ten minutes away, it probably means the session will be extended an extra half hour in case New Zealand are able to land the final blow

RAS Lakmal run out (Bracewell/†Watling) 6 (31m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Craig to Thirimanne, FOUR runs, this time targets deep extra-cover as he gets this away to the rope with a couple of bounces. Tossed up by Craig and invited the lofted chip
Craig to Thirimanne, FOUR runs, straying on the pads as Thirimanne reaches his fifty with a paddle sweep through backward square leg. Well-played innings in rather dire circumstances for his side

KK: "Thirimanne getting some much needed match practice before the WC."

Southee to Lakmal, FOUR runs, manages to get an edge which carries very low to James Neesham at second slip, who is unable to get a hold of it as it bursts through to the third man boundary. This may have just bounced before it arrived to the slipper so it would be hard to punish him for it
Southee to Thirimanne, FOUR runs, slanting outside leg as Thirimanne utilises the angle to hook this through fine leg, beating the fielder to the rope. Rutherford, at deep fine leg, didn't look to have picked it early
Craig to Thirimanne, FOUR runs, this time darted in wide of off as Thirimanne manages to ease this away square off the wicket for a boundary
Boult to Thirimanne, no run, delivers a yorker which Thirimanne just about manages to dig out, with Boult throwing in an appeal as he felt the ball struck the foot/pad before the bat. Also some concerns about going down the leg side. Boult wants a review though after being initially denied by the umpire. Replays confirm that there was indeed a huge inside-edge onto the toe from the bat. Ends up being ruled not out
Boult to Thirimanne, FOUR runs, similar delivery as before and this time Thirimanne gets it right as he is nicely behind the ball to find the straight boundary
Craig to Herath, OUT, and he has got 'im first ball! This was as plumb as he is struck on the pads, with this one looking out. Front foot is okay. Herath goes down the track to have a word with Thirimanne before deciding to go for the review, and why not? No inside-edge as per the replays, and it looks like this one is definitely going on to hit leg stump. This decision should stand as it is an on-field call. Herath is sent back as soon as he arrived, and New Zealand are just two away from wrapping up a series whitewash

HMRKB Herath lbw b Craig 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Out steps Rangana Herath at No. 9. Hopefully he will be able to stick around for Sri Lanka's cause?

Craig to Chandimal, OUT, and the change in the field has worked as Craig has managed to induce a fine outside edge to this one pitched just about off as Watling is able to take this cleanly from behind to make Sri Lanka seven down

LD Chandimal c †Watling b Craig 13 (26m 27b 2x4 0x6) SR: 48.14

Have a slip, leg slip and leg gully in place, with deep midwicket in place as well to prevent the scoring option for Chandimal through that region. Can also see point has been opened up for the right-hander

Craig to Chandimal, FOUR runs, invites the lofted shot over midwicket, and gets it as Chandimal finds the boundary this time
Craig to Chandimal, 2 runs, once again looking to go aerial, this time over deep midwicket, as the fielder chases it down to prevent the boundary. Also brings up the Sri Lankan 150
Craig to Chandimal, FOUR runs, once again looking for the lofted sweep to this tossed up delivery from Craig, with the shot ultimately proving safe as there is plenty of space on offer square off the wicket on leg

Coming from behind


The largest 1st-innings deficit that New Zealand have overcome to win a Test, v Pakistan in Christchurch in 1994

First since


The last time a New Zealand No. 3 hit a double-hundred before Williamson in this Test - Stephen Fleming in Cape Town.

Watling's value


Number of 200-plus 6th-wicket stands that Watling has been involved in, out of 6 such partnerships in NZ's Test history

2nd-innings master at home


Williamson's batting average in the second innings of home Tests; in away Tests, it drops to 31.90

Consistent in Wellington


Number of 40-plus scores for Williamson in his last 8 Test innings at the Basin Reserve