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Usually, when a player pitches in with a match-winning performance, he gets plenty of praise. New Zealand opener Martin Guptill deserves the same for he batted beautifully against Sri Lanka at Dunedin to set up the easy victory for the Kiwis.

When the first Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand began at Dunedin last week, it was unanimously agreed that the hosts would be favourites to win the match and the series.

Hosts New Zealand put up a dominant performance to register an emphatic victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test at Dunedin.

New Zealand have taken a stride forward towards victory in the first Test despite significant resistance from Sri Lankan batsmen and bad whether day.

New Zealand have strengthen their hold on the first Test on day 3 with a lead of 308 runs with nine wickets in hand and two days still remaining in the game.

Karunaratne and Chandimal led the Sri Lankan fight back as the visitors still trail the hosts by 234 runs after day two in Dunedin. In contrast with day one where the runs were scored at a brisk rate by New Zealand and wickets also fallen

Martin Guptill century drives New Zealand towards big first inning score

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015 1st Test: Under normal circumstances, when one does a preview of a new series, the recent form of the teams is often taken into consideration.