Thisara Perera's stunning century came in vain as Sri Lanka slipped to a series-deciding, 21-run defeat to New Zealand in the second ODI in Tauranga.
Thisara came to the crease with his side toiling on 121-5 in pursuit of 320 for a series-levelling win - but proceeded to slam 13 sixes and eight fours in a career-best 140 from 74 balls, his first ODI ton.
The left-hander bossed half-century stands with skipper Lasith Malinga (17) and Lakshan Sandakan (6) after Sri Lanka slumped to 128-7 and then dominated a last-wicket partnership of 44 with Nuwan Pradeep (3no) before he was last man out - the tourists dismissed for 298.
Thisara, who scored his century from 57 balls after being dropped on 79, really had Sri Lanka believing when he hammered Tim Southee for four sixes in the 46th over to leave his side needing 26 from the final four overs but his blistering knock ultimately came in a losing cause as he picked out Trent Boult at long-on.
Ross Taylor (90) and Colin Munro (87) laid the platform for Jimmy Neesham (64 off 37 balls) to blaze New Zealand to 319-7 in an innings featuring four run outs.
Danushka Gunathilaka (71) impressed up top for Sri Lanka but Thisara played a lone hand from that point as New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi claimed 3-55 from his 10 overs.
New Zealand will now take an unassailable 2-0 lead into the final ODI in Nelson, which you can watch live on Sky Sports Cricket from 9.55pm on Monday.
Reflecting on his boundary-laden innings, Thisara said: "I'm really proud of myself because it's my first century. I told the last few batsmen it's very hard to hit on this ground because of the wind, so I had to take the responsibility.
"For the last eight years I'm batting No 8 or No 9. If I'm batting No 7 I can get more time at the crease, so I thank the coaching staff for trusting me."
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson added: "Thisara came out and played out of his skin. Suddenly guys are under pressure to execute their skills with the wind factor here - there were a few fumbles.
"It was all leaning in one direction for a little while there but it was good the guys could hold their nerve and come away with the win."