England slumped to their first one-day international series defeat at home for four years as New Zealand thrashed the hosts by 86 runs in a record-breaking performance at the Rose Bowl.
Having suffered a comprehensive defeat in the first ODI at Lord’s, coach Ashley Giles had been looking for a response from his side, but the hosts were all but out of the game at the halfway point after the Black Caps recorded a monstrous 359 for three - the second-highest conceded by England after the 387 for five in Rajkot in 2006.
Martin Guptill scored his second successive century in the series with a stunning 189 not out as England eyed the second highest successful run-chase ever, but Alastair Cook’s side did not come close as they were bowled out for just 273 in 44.1 overs on a pitch suited to batting.
Guptill plundered New Zealand's highest individual one-day innings as he equalled the highest score against England in the format to match Viv Richards's effort at Old Trafford in 1984. He joined Mark Greatbatch - who achieved the feat in 1990 - in having hit two successive one-day centuries for New Zealand.
The demoralising defeat capped a poor series for England, with a third ODI to follow at Trent Bridge on Wednesday, as Giles's side prepare to host the Champions Trophy which gets under way on June 6.
Jonathan Trott compiled a superb unbeaten 98-ball century in a losing cause, while James Anderson equalled Darren Gough’s all-time record of 234 wickets for England in ODIs before his achievement was swiftly forgotten as the hosts’ beleaguered bowlers were hit to all parts.
Guptill’s destructive and inspired innings came off just 155 balls as he provided a masterclass in setting a total with his side batting first as he crashed 19 fours and two sixes in an innings that saw the batsman boast a strike rate of 121.93 as the bowlers floundered.
As at Lord's, Guptill had one glaring piece of good fortune, however, after he was dropped by Trott at midwicket off the bowling of all-rounder Chris Woakes after New Zealand had opted to bat first on a sunny morning in Southampton.
After Anderson had removed opener Luke Ronchi early on, Kane Williamson and Guptill put on 120 for the second wicket, before Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum went on to add 60 and 40 not out respectively in a very fine batting effort from the tourists as England's bowlers suffered badly.
Jade Dernbach saw his 10 overs go for 87 runs while Tim Bresnan conceded 73 off his - both bowlers failed to take a wicket - with only Anderson able to show glimpses of his ability with two key wickets while the hosts' fielding was sloppy to match.
England's reply began with promise before Cook saw his middle stump sent cartwheeling by Kyle Mills, before Ian Bell horribly mistimed a tame drive to mid-off as he attempted to hit Doug Bracewell over the top.
Only Trott was able to kick on after getting a start with a strike rate of 104.80 as the other England batsmen again managed to get themselves out after having played themselves in at the crease, just as they did frustratingly at Lord's on Friday.
The England number three confounded his critics with five fours and a six as he almost single-handedly attempted to lead the hosts to their target, but he lacked any real support as he was left stranded with almost six overs left wasted as opening bowler Mitchell McClenaghan ended with figures of three for 35.
The last time England lost a series at home in the 50-over format was back in 2009 against Australia and this defeat leaves Giles and Cook left with more questions than answers ahead of the Champions Trophy, which the hosts had been made early favourites to win by the bookmakers.