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WELLINGTON, Jan 7 (AP): New Zealand wrapped up a 193-run victory over Sri Lanka today to complete a 2-0 win in the two-test series and continue its fine form in test cricket.

Mark Craig took 4-53 as New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for 196 with a session to spare at the Basin Reserve. The Black Caps have not lost a test series since defeat in England in March, 2013.

Since then New Zealand has record home series wins against India, the West Indies and Sri Lanka, defeated the West Indies away and has drawn series in Bangladesh and against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

The latest test win � having trailed by 135 runs on first innings � followed an eight-wicket victory in the first test and was its seventh in 10 tests since February. �The last little while we�ve played some outstanding cricket,� New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said. �To be able to fight our way out of an incredibly precarious position and not just save the test, to go on and win it in the manner that we did is testament to the work these guys do off the field.

SCORECARD

New Zealand 1st innings 221

Sri Lanka 1st innings 356

New Zealand 2nd innings 524-5 decl

Sri Lanka 2nd innings (overnight 45-1): D Karunaratne c Rutherford b Craig 17, K Silva c Craig b Bracewell 50, D Prasad c Neesham b Boult 6, K Sangakkara c Watling b Boult 5, L Thirimanne not out 62, A Mathews c Williamson b Bracewell 8, P Jayawardene c Williamson b Craig 10, D Chandimal c Watling b Craig 13, R Herath lbw Craig 0, S Lakmal run out (Bracewell) 6, N Pradeep b Southee 1. Extras: (b8 lb6, w3, nb1) 18. Total: (10 wickets, 72.4 overs) 196. Fall of wicket: 1-42, 2-51, 3-61, 4-94, 5-110, 6-133, 7-156, 8-156, 9-189. Bowling: Boult 21-2-55-2, Southee 17.4-6-41-1, Bracewell 13-3-25-2, Craig 18-8-53-4, Rutherford 1-0-2-0, Williamson 2-0-6-0.

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Kiwis complete 2-0 series win over Lanka

WELLINGTON, Jan 7 (AP): New Zealand wrapped up a 193-run victory over Sri Lanka today to complete a 2-0 win in the two-test series and continue its fine form in test cricket.

Mark Craig took 4-53 as New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for 196 with a session to spare at the Basin Reserve. The Black Caps have not lost a test series since defeat in England in March, 2013.

Since then New Zealand has record home series wins against India, the West Indies and Sri Lanka, defeated the West Indies away and has drawn series in Bangladesh and against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

The latest test win � having trailed by 135 runs on first innings � followed an eight-wicket victory in the first test and was its seventh in 10 tests since February. �The last little while we�ve played some outstanding cricket,� New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said. �To be able to fight our way out of an incredibly precarious position and not just save the test, to go on and win it in the manner that we did is testament to the work these guys do off the field.

SCORECARD

New Zealand 1st innings 221

Sri Lanka 1st innings 356

New Zealand 2nd innings 524-5 decl

Sri Lanka 2nd innings (overnight 45-1): D Karunaratne c Rutherford b Craig 17, K Silva c Craig b Bracewell 50, D Prasad c Neesham b Boult 6, K Sangakkara c Watling b Boult 5, L Thirimanne not out 62, A Mathews c Williamson b Bracewell 8, P Jayawardene c Williamson b Craig 10, D Chandimal c Watling b Craig 13, R Herath lbw Craig 0, S Lakmal run out (Bracewell) 6, N Pradeep b Southee 1. Extras: (b8 lb6, w3, nb1) 18. Total: (10 wickets, 72.4 overs) 196. Fall of wicket: 1-42, 2-51, 3-61, 4-94, 5-110, 6-133, 7-156, 8-156, 9-189. Bowling: Boult 21-2-55-2, Southee 17.4-6-41-1, Bracewell 13-3-25-2, Craig 18-8-53-4, Rutherford 1-0-2-0, Williamson 2-0-6-0.