Mitchell Santner chipped away with regular wickets during the middle overs of England's chase as New Zealand squared the series with a fine win in Wellington.
In sharp contrast to what transpired in the previous game, James Vince had a horrid outing failing to hold onto simple chances in the field and being dismissed for a single-digit score.
Following Johnny Bairstow's tame drive on the first ball of the England innings that was caught at mid-on, the tourists faltered once more in the second over as Vince threw his hands at a wide delivery only to be caught in the deep.
There was no array of wondrous drives and fashionable strokes from the bat of Vince this time around with his side in deep trouble in pursuit of the steep 177-run target.
Skipper Eoin Morgan motored along with powerful strokes to make full use of the fielding restrictions in the first six overs.
He smashed three boundaries and as many sixes but an expansive swipe against the turn of Santner resulted in his downfall.
Santner continued to puncture England's innings with his tight lines and lengths, not allowing the batsmen to free their arms.
While Dawid Malan tried to break free from the shackles collecting two sixes, runs eventually started to dry and the asking rate began to climb upwards.
England's lower order offered some resistance against the Kiwi bowlers when Chris Jordan unleashed a flurry of meaty slogs that fetched him 22 runs in four balls off Ish Sodhi.
However, his breezy cameo ended when Santner had him miscue another forceful hit that landed safely in the hands of Martin Guptill.
England were bundled out on the penultimate ball of the match, falling 21 runs short of New Zealand's total of 176-8.
Earlier, Guptill finally recouped his batting form striking sweetly during his 28-ball 41 including two maximums.
New Zealand's batting charge came in short bursts but Colin de Grandhomme's departure after a blistering 12-ball 28 threatened to limit their progress.
James Neesham, who was given a reprieve by Vince, then turned the screws with the bat and hammered the visitors all around the park.
Neesham hit four sixes in his rapid contribution of 42 from 22 deliveries as the late surge provided his side the impetus to reach a competitive total.
Amongst the England bowlers, Jordan was the most impressive with the perfect execution of yorkers and variations in pace in the death overs.
Meanwhile, debutant Saqib Mahmood had a day to forget as he leaked 46 runs in his four-over spell after being taken to the cleaners by Neesham.