But Guptill ensured that the Kiwi run rate didn't suffer much and lofted Thilan Thushara for a massive six in the 44th over. He was eventually bowled by Lasith Malinga but had done his job of rescuing the Black Caps by then.
Later, James Franklin kept up the momentum with a quick-fire 28 to take the team past 300.
Image: James Franklin (2nd R) of New Zealand celebrates the wicket of Kumar Sangakkara.
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