Nuwan Pradeep put New Zealand on the back foot by taking two quick wickets as the hosts went to lunch on the third day of the second test on 96 for three, still 39 runs behind Sri Lanka`s first innings.
New Zealand`s search for stability at the top of the order looks set to continue after Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford were dropped from the list of players awarded central contracts by New Zealand Cricket on Thursday.
Kraigg Brathwaite and Chris Gayle led West Indies to 32 without loss, a deficit of 261 runs, at the end of the first day in the third and deciding test against New Zealand in Bridgetown, Barbados on Thursday.
In five Tests since his debut against the West Indies in November 2013, Mohammad Shami has shown complete control of line and length and while the rest of the Indian bowlers have been faltering in the ongoing tour of New Zealand, he is fast emerging as the bowling spearhead.
He might have been under the scanner for a while now due to poor form, but India`s pacer Ishant Sharma, who on Thursday reached the milestone of 150 Test wickets, said he was happy with the way he has been bowling.
Kane Williamson completed his second half-century of the match to take New Zealand to an eight-wicket victory in the third and final test against West Indies and seal the series 2-0 after lunch on the fourth day on Sunday in Hamilton.