Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath earned the praise of both captains after his man-of-the-match performance in Galle.
Rangana Herath finished with 11 wickets in the match as Sri Lanka beat New Zealand inside three days at Galle.
New Zealand seam bowler Tim Southee felt his side's positive approach with the ball paid dividends against Sri Lanka.
Mahela Jayawardene's 91 helped Sri Lanka recover from 50-5 against New Zealand to 247 all out on day two in Galle.
Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath was delighted to continue his Galle love affair in taking 5-65 against New Zealand.
Rangana Herath claimed 5-65 as Sri Lanka bowled out New Zealand for 221 on the opening day of the series in Galle.
Sri Lanka opener Tillakaratne Dilshan has been ruled out of Saturday's first Test with New Zealand in Galle.