New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 167 runs on the last day Thursday of the second test at P. Sara Oval to end a nine-test winless run since January. The drought included five straight test defeats, including the first test in Galle last week, a humiliating 10-wicket loss in three days.

New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for 195 in its second innings, with the second new ball doing the trick within five overs after tea. Angelo Mathews was last out, for a dogged 84 off 228 balls over five hours. Sri Lanka started the day at 47-4, 316 runs away from an unlikely victory, and toiled in seeking a draw to win the series 1-0.

Bracewell picks key wickets

But the equally desperate New Zealanders kept chipping away with wickets; one in the morning, two after lunch, and the last three in a sudden rush at the end to win a test in Sri Lanka for the first time since 1998. Seamers Tim Southee and Trent Boult shared three wickets apiece, but it was Doug Bracewell, who picked up the key wickets of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene on day four, who set up the end for New Zealand. Mathews fought a lone battle, running out of partners. His second half century of the series included 11 fours and a six. There was not much of a resistance by the Sri Lanka tail after the new ball was received in the over before tea, which was taken at 168-7. Mathews hit five more boundaries before he edged Boult to Martin Guptill at second slip to end the match. New Zealand captain Ross Taylor was named man of the match while Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath, who finished with 20 wickets in the series, was named man of the series.AP

T. Paranavitana lbw b Southee 0

T. Dilshan c van Wyk b Southee 14

K. Sangakkara b Bracewell 16

M. Jayawardene c van Wyk b Bracewell 5

T. Samaraweera run out 7

A. Mathews c Guptill b Boult 84

P. Jayawardene c van Wyk b Astle 29

S. Randiv c Guptill b Boult 0

N. Kulasekara c Williamson b Boult 18

S. Eranga c Williamson b Southee 0

R. Herath not out 6

(b4, lb11, w1)

(for all out; 85.5 overs)

: 1-0, 2-35, 3-41, 4-46, 5-63, 6-119, 7-122, 8-168, 9-169, 10-195

: Southee 20-5-58-3, Boult 17.5-6-33-3, Bracewell 13-6-13-2 (w1), Patel 16-7-20-0, Astle 18-4-56-1, Flynn 1-1-0-0