"They stuck to their plan really well, they had a bit of luck along the way", he said of the Sri Lanka openers.
Resuming the final day on 133 for no loss, the opening pair continued their good work until Will Somerville trapped Thirimanne lbw on review after the initial appeal was rejected.
"It's nice to have managed to build a few partnerships after losing a few early wickets".
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They did so in mightily impressive fashion, chasing down 268 in the fourth innings - something that had only happened seven times in tests since 2008.
Sri Lanka added an extra batsman to bolster its lineup but dropped former captain Dinesh Chandimal. "I think our batters will raise their hands and do the job for the team".
Taylor was 70 not out from 106 balls with four boundaries, his 31st test half-century, and holding New Zealand's innings together on the opening day of the series. But New Zealand lost two quick wickets close to the tea break. Thirimanne scored his first half-century in 12 innings and remained unbeaten on 57 with four boundaries. Williamson stepped out to hit a flighted delivery from the left-arm spinner, mistimed it and was caught brilliantly by Perera who ran back from mid-off, leapt and took the catch.
Taylor was out in the first delivery he faced for the day, slashing at a ball leaving him from Lakmal's bowling and giving a catch to wicketkeeper Dickwella.
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Ravan was on 33 right before the interval when he played forward defensively and edged to Dhananjaya de Silva at slip. Ajaz Patel then struck in the next over with the wicket of Kusal Mendis.
Suranga Lakmal was one of the chief architects for Sri Lanka in its 2-0 win over South Africa earlier this year.
Karunaratne stroked six boundaries and hit one six before the right-hander perished when he was caught behind chasing a wide Tim Southee delivery.
Off-spinner William Somerville joined the party, dismissing Akila Dananjaya for a sixth ball duck.
Rounds of storms this weekend
A 40 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms starts this afternoon, mainly between 3 and 8 p.m. Another round of storms will be possible Friday night into Saturday morning, the weather service said.
The Kiwis return to Cricket action in the World Test Championship after their heartbreaking World Cup defeat to England last month.