New Zealand 229-2 at tea on day 1, 1st test vs. Sri Lanka


New Zealand (AP) " Opener Martin Guptill displayed outstanding timing both at the crease and in his cricket career Thursday as he compiled an unbeaten century to lead New Zealand to 229-2 at tea on the opening day of the first test against Sri Lanka.

Guptill, who was 111 not out after sharing 173-run partnership with Kane Williamson, has shown a knack throughout his career of producing big innings just when his place in the New Zealand lineup became tenuous.

His position was under threat again after a poor tour to Australia in which he scored 82 runs in six test innings at an average of 13.6. But Guptill retained the confidence of New Zealand coach Mike Hesson and repaid it Thursday by scoring his third test century as New Zealand took control after losing what seemed an important toss.

Nuwan Pradeep had Williamson caught by a leaping Dimuth Karunaratne at slip at the stroke of tea for 88.

Williamson had looked in dangerous form, as he was in Australia where he made centuries in the first and second tests. He rushed to 32 from only 33 balls with six boundaries.