Kane Williamson’s unbeaten 92 rounded off a fine day’s work for New Zealand in the first Test against England at Lord’s on Friday.
The Black Caps ended the second day well-placed at 2-303, just 86 runs behind England’s first innings 389.
Williamson and Ross Taylor (47 not out) shared an unbroken stand of 155 after getting together when the tourists were 2-148.
But Williamson was given a reprieve late in the day when he went down the pitch to off-spinner Moeen Ali on 92 only for Jos Buttler, still more of a batsman than a wicketkeeper, to miss the stumping chance.
Now the stylish number three will hope to avoid the fate of England duo Joe Root and Ben Stokes, both out in the 90s on Thursday.
Earlier, Martin Guptill made 70 in his first Test in two years and was well-supported by Tom Latham (59) during what was just New Zealand’s fifth century opening partnership in a Test in England.
On a sunny day, and without much movement, England found life tough, with captain Alastair Cook not often straying from orthodox field settings.
The 24-year-old Williamson drove down the ground impressively and his fifty came in good time, off 78 balls with six fours.
England earlier resumed on 7-354, having been 4-30 on Thursday before a fifth-wicket stand of 161 between Root (98) and Stokes (92) revived the innings.
But they lost their final three wickets for just 37 runs in 10.5 overs.
Left-arm paceman Trent Boult (four for 79) and debutant fast bowler Matt Henry (four for 93) led the way.
England might have seen the back of both New Zealand openers when both were in the 20s.
Guptill was on 24 when he edged debutant fast bowler Mark Wood to Cook at first slip but an umpire review showed it was a no-ball.
After lunch, Latham was dropped on 21 by Ian Bell at second slip off Stokes.
But England took two wickets for no runs in three balls shortly before tea.
Ali succeeded where the quicks had failed by having left-hander Latham lbw.
Next over, 1-148 became 2-148 when Guptill carelessly drove a Stuart Broad outswinger low to Gary Ballance at cover.
Guptill, one of the stars of New Zealand’s run to the World Cup final faced 115 balls including eight fours and a swept six off Ali.
Then, with both new batsmen on nought, Williamson called for a reckless single that would have seen Taylor run out had bowler Broad’s underarm throw hit the stumps at the striker’s end.