New Zealand, sent into bat, recovered from 55 for five to finish on 179 for seven with Bracewell (44) and Kuggeleijn (35 not out) the key contributors.
The recalled Doug Bracewell and debutant Scott Kuggeleijn starred with bat and ball for New Zealand to beat Sri Lanka by 35 runs in the one-off Twenty20 match in Auckland on Friday.
Paceman Tim Southee skittled Sri Lanka's top order with a five-wicket haul to put New Zealand in a commanding position on the opening day of the first Test in Wellington on Saturday.
England won the second Test against Sri Lanka by 57 runs on the fifth and final day at the Pallekele International Stadium to clinch their first series victory in Sri Lanka in 17 years.
Sri Lanka's Roshen Silva held fort with his unbeaten 46 to resist a persistent England spin attack and guide the hosts to 244 for seven at tea in the second Test on Thursday.
Port-Au- Kusal Mendis completed a fifth Test century but it was Sri Lanka's only bright spot on a successful morning for the West Indies on the final day of the first cricket Test at the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad here today.
Sri Lanka will hope to carry forward the momentum from the Test and One-day Tri-series victory to end their T20 drought.