Colombo: Ross Taylor hit a solid century as New Zealand recovered from early blows to post a healthy 223 for two on the opening day of the second and final Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
The visitors were struggling at 14/2 in the fourth over before skipper Taylor (119 batting) and Kane Williamson (95 batting) propped up the innings with an unfinished 209-run stand for the third wicket at the P. Sara Oval.
Taylor completed his eighth Test hundred, and his first against Sri Lanka, in the last session when he flicked seamer Shaminda Eranga to deep square-leg for two.
Williamson provided valuable support and looked set to complete his third Test century when play was called off due to rain, with more than nine overs remaining in the day.
New Zealand, shot out for 221 and 118 during their 10-wicket defeat in the opening Test in Galle, staged a more determined performance this time and Taylor led from the front.
The visitors made the most of winning the toss on a good batting pitch as Taylor and Williamson frustrated Sri Lanka with responsible batting against both pace and spin.