Sri Lanka on Sunday took a 1-0 in the three-match series after beating New Zealand in a thrilling 1st T20I in Auckland.
Kusal Perera returned from a long-term injury in style with a half-century as Sri Lanka posted 196-5.
Perera scored 53 not out off 45 balls while Charith Asalanka top-scored with a lively 67 off 41 as the tourists peppered the Eden Park boundary after being asked to bat.
The pair dominated the middle stages of the innings, combining for 103 runs after some early fireworks from opener Kusal Mendis, who blasted 25 rapid-fire runs off just nine balls.
Chasing 197, New Zealand leveled the scores on the very last ball.
However, the visitors eventually managed a victory in the one-over eliminator.
The second T20I will be played in Dunedin on Wednesday while the third T20I will be played in Queenstown on Saturday.
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