Ross Taylor overcame injury to hit a magnificent 181 not out and lead New Zealand to a series-levelling five-wicket win in the fourth ODI against England in Dunedin on Wednesday.
Jonny Bairstow (138) and Joe Root (102) had earlier hit centuries as England posted 335-9, only a staggering collapse preventing them pushing up towards 400.
England's late stumble proved costly as Taylor shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 187 with Tom Latham (71) and got his side, who were 2-2 in the third over, over the line with three balls to spare, setting up a series decider in Christchurch on Saturday.
Both sides were wary of the pitch but England made a flying start, with Jason Roy and Bairstow punishing some sloppy New Zealand fielding and boundaries coming easily.
Ish Sodhi made the breakthrough, having Roy caught at short fine leg for a brisk 42. That slowed England but only briefly and soon enough, Bairstow and Root had the scoreboard ticking over apace.
The former was the chief aggressor and hammered seven maximums, the longest of which sailed 113m, on his way to a brilliant hundred - with Sodhi removed from the attack to avoid further punishment.
Bairstow and Root added 190, England's highest second wicket partnership against New Zealand in ODIs, and at that stage England were eyeing a total well in excess of 350. However, Bairstow's wicket triggered a remarkable collapse that saw the tourists lose eight wickets for 46 runs.
Once Bairstow fell, Kane Williamson swiftly brought back Sodhi (4-58), who dismissed Jos Buttler (0), Ben Stokes (1) and Moeen Ali (3) in a brilliant spell of leg-spin bowling.
Eoin Morgan (5) fell to Trent Boult (2-56), and Chris Woakes (3) chipped Colin Munro (2-53) to long on, rounding off a collapse of 6-21 as Root watched on despairingly from the non-striker's end.
Root himself was dismissed the over after going through to his 11th ODI century, and England were thankful for a flurry of boundaries from Tom Curran (22no) in the final over to take their total up to 335.
While England will have known they could, possibly even should, have posted a much higher total, they showed no signs of feeling sorry for themselves as they began as quickly with the ball as they had with the bat.
Mark Wood (1-65) trapped Munro lbw with his first ball, the Black Caps' opener inexplicably opting to send it upstairs and waste his side's only review, before Woakes (1-42) had Martin Guptill caught in the covers for a 10-ball duck.
Williamson (45) and Taylor started had begun to rebuild nicely, scoring freely before Stokes (1-45) had the former caught behind down the legside with his first ball. With nothing on Hot Spot or Snicko, Munro's review looked all the more ill-judged.
A century stand between Taylor and Latham, who was dropped early in his innings by Ali, kept New Zealand right in the game but heading into the final 20 overs, the required rate was approaching nine-an-over.
Taylor went through to his 19th ODI century, his second of the series, but appeared to aggravate the quad injury that had ruled him out of the third ODI in diving to make his ground soon afterwards, and struggled to run thereafter.
He continued to strike the ball beautifully though and helped bring the rate down to just under eight going into the last 10 overs.
Latham eventually fell in the 42nd over, belatedly caught by Ali off the bowling of Curran (2-57) with New Zealand still needing 63 to win.
However, Colin de Grandhomme (23) came in and with two fours and two sixes from his first six balls, he all but assured the hosts of victory before he was caught at backward point.
With just three needed from the last over, there were a few nerves as Henry Nicholls (13no) played out two dot balls but he hammered the third over square leg to seal a fantastic victory.
The teams head to Christchurch for a winner-takes-all final game of the ODI series and New Zealand will be hoping that Taylor can manage a miraculous recovery in order to be fit for that clash, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 9.30pm GMT on Friday.