Kane Williamson's unbeaten fifty took New Zealand closer to a series victory, needing just 47 more runs with five wickets in hand, despite Sri Lanka fighting back with a four-wicket haul from Dushmantha Chameera on the third day of the second Test in Hamilton.
A five-wicket haul from Dushmantha Chameera reduced New Zealand to 232 for nine, trailing Sri Lanka's first innings total of 292 by 60 runs at the end of the second day of the second Test match in Hamilton.
Late wickets in the third session halted Sri Lanka's progress after an unbeaten fifty from Angelo Mathews pushed the visitor's total to 264 for seven on a rain dampened first day of the second Test against New Zealand in Hamilton.
A clinical performance from the New Zealand bowlers ended Sri Lankan resistance on day five, dismissing them for 282 in the final innings and secured a 122-run victory for the Black Caps in the first Test in Dunedin.
Sri Lanka were three down for 109 at stumps needing a further 296 runs for a win after New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum made a sporting declaration on the rain-marred fourth day of the first Test in Dunedin.
Tom Latham brought up a well-crafted unbeaten fifty as New Zealand managed to extend their lead to 308 runs with nine wickets in hand by the end of the third day's play in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin.
Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal led the Sri Lankan fightback with a 122-run stand for the third wicket as the visitors scored 197 for four at stumps on day two of the first Test in Dunedin, trailing New Zealand by 234 runs.
Martin Guptill slammed a fluent 156 while Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum notched up useful half centuries as New Zealand scored 409 for eight on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin.
Udara Jayasundera, Kithuruwan Vithanage and Angelo Mathews hit fifties on day three as the tour game between Sri Lanka and New Zealand Board President’s XI in at Queenstown Events Centre ended in a draw.
Dimuth Karunaratne and Dushmantha Chameera were the only positives for Sri Lanka on the second day of their tour match as fifties from Bharat Popli and Ben Smith propelled New Zealand Board President's XI to a 95-run lead.
Sri Lanka struggled to put runs on the board after Tim Johnston’s three-wicket haul reduced them to 97 for five in the 40 overs that were possible in a rain-affected first day of the practice match against New Zealand Board President’s XI in Queenstown.
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has claimed a career-high second spot in the International Cricket Council Test player rankings on the back of his excellent performance in the ongoing series against South Africa.