Ross Taylor closed in on a century as New Zealand recovered in style from a shaky start to the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
The captain was unbeaten on 93 as his 161-run partnership with Kane Williamson (73 not out) took the tourists to 175 for two by tea.
The hosts, fresh from their thumping 10-wicket win in the first Test, had started where they left off and had their opponents 14 for two in the fourth over before the momentum shifted.
Openers Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum both fell for four as New Zealand got off to a terrible start.
Guptill opened confidently with a push down the ground for four, but he edged Nuwan Kulasekara to slip off the last ball of the first over.
Three overs later McCullum was adjudged lbw when he was struck on the pads by Shaminda Eranga, but he felt he got an inside edge and replays appeared to back him up.
With runs coming at a relatively sedate pace, Taylor flashed twice in one Eranga over and and got edges over and past the slips for boundaries.
Thereafter it was a case of accumulation before lunch, which they reached on 96, although Williamson did take a liking to Rangana Herath, plundering three crisp boundaries off the slow left-armer.
The pair continued to add the runs in the second session, compiling them steadily and surely.
They made the most of Eranga's bowling in particular, who had figures of 55 for one from 10 overs at the break.
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