Guptill’s 150 lays a platform to New Zealand

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 04:59 GMT, Dec 11, 2015 |

Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum produced big innings at the right time to lift New Zealand to 409 for 8 at stumps Thursday on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Guptill’s 156 – his third Test century and his first in 40 innings – may have come just in time to save his place in the New Zealand Test lineup after a run of low scores raised calls for his removal.

Their innings almost overshadowed an 88 from the prolific Kane Williams, who shared a record 173-run stand with Guptill for the second wicket to put New Zealand in control after Sri Lanka had won what seemed an important toss.

Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal all took two wickets each and looked a lot more threatening in the latter part of the day.

Sri Lanka is currently batting with 190 runs for the loss of 4 wickets having Dinesh Chandimal 59 (165) and Kithuruwan Vithanage 0 (6) on strike.