Hamilton: Sri Lanka`s Dushmantha Chameera picked up where he left off in the first innings by taking two quick wickets as New Zealand moved to 33 for two at tea on the third day of the second test, needing another 156 runs to wrap up a 2-0 series sweep.
Chameera, who took a career-best 5-47 in New Zealand`s first innings with a fiery display of fast bowling, dismissed Tom Latham (four) and Martin Guptill (one) with short-pitched deliveries to reduce the hosts to 11-2.
Kane Williamson (10) and Ross Taylor (18) settled the run chase and limited their use of the high risk aerial shots that has been the downfall of numerous batsmen from both sides in the match at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
New Zealand were set the small victory target of 189 after a surreal period of play following the lunch break when the hosts took the last seven Sri Lankan wickets for 46 runs in 8.1 overs, bowling them out for 133.
Tim Southee began the collapse when he took three wickets in 14 deliveries to run through Sri Lanka`s middle order after they had resumed on 85 for three.
A similar burst before the break saw the visitors lose three wickets for six runs. Neil Wagner also grabbed two wickets after lunch before Southee took his fourth when Nuwan Pradeep was caught behind for a three-ball duck to end the innings.
The visitors had been comfortable until about 30 minutes before lunch having cruised to 71 without loss. Doug Bracewell then grabbed two wickets in an over, dismissing Dimuth Karunaratne (27) and Udara Jayasundera (0) with short deliveries.
Wagner grabbed another wicket in the penultimate over before lunch when he had the dangerous Dinesh Chandimal caught for four at leg gully by Martin Guptill.
The hosts then did more damage after the break, with only some counter-attacking blows from Milinda Siriwardana, who blasted three fours and two sixes in his 18-ball innings of 26, padding Sri Lanka`s score.
All 10 wickets fell for 62 runs in a little over 80 minutes of play.
The hosts had resumed on Sunday on 232-9 before Trent Boult was caught by Rangana Herath off Nuwan Pradeep at mid-on for a duck.