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Resuming at 35 for one in their second innings, New Zealand were skittled out for 118, including the loss of seven wickets for 61 runs in the morning session.
Spinner Rangana Herath was once again the tormentor-in-chief, securing the man-of-the-match award by taking six for 43 to follow up on his first innings haul of 5/65. The home side were left requiring just 93 to win and Thranaga Paranavitana (31) and debutant Dimuth Karunaratne (60) knocked off the runs before the tea break.
In New Zealandís second innings, only Daniel Flynn reached 20 and the highest partnership was the last-wicket stand of 21 between Kruger van Wyk (13 not out) and Trent Boult (13).
Herath ripped the heart out of the New Zealand line-up, trapping Taylor lbw for 18, bowling Flynn, and then removing James Franklin and Doug Bracewell in successive deliveries. The left-armerís return of 11-108 represent the best match figures in the history of Sri Lanka tests against New Zealand and made him the leading wicket-taker for 2012.
Herath now has 46 wickets from seven Tests, one more than Englandís Graeme Swann, whose six wickets against India in Ahmedabad took him to 45 victims in 11 matches.
Brief scores: NZ 221 & 118 (D Flynn 20; Rangana Herath 6/43) vs SL 247 & 93/0 (D Karunaratne 60 not out)