Martin Guptill produced a spectacular diving catcher for the dangerous Hazara Perera with the wicket, which gave birth to a surprising collapse with a 115-run victory over Nelson in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand on Tuesday.
Guptill's fingers were caught over his head and on a full stretch to remove almost all-rounder for 80, a spectacular moment came in the four overs, which resulted in victory over visitors in the 46th over at 244 for 6 wickets and 121 runs Was needed.
After Pereira's departure, New Zealand responded to 364-4 in reply to Sri Lanka's 249 runs in 41.4 overs.
New Zealand's score came in the short international lifespan of Saxton Oval, one-day century of Henri Nicholls and the 20th of Ross Taylor.
After Lasith Malinga dismissed Guptill and Colin Munro cheaply, Taylor dominated New Zealand's innings as the hosts made a rare start after trailing 31-2.
Ken Williamson (55) and Taylor then shared 116 runs, before the New Zealand captain was surprisingly caught on the midwicket fence.
Taylor took the mantle of seeing through New Zealand and made his 20th ODI hundred as he and Nicholas added 154 runs in 20 overs, which fell to 137 runs.
Left handed Nichols, who helped stabilize New Zealand at 130 runs in the last 10 overs, hit their own century with sixes and remained unbeaten 124 runs.
Perera, who scored a whirlwind 140-run win over Sri Lanka in the second game at Mount Maungunui on Saturday, once again started attacking the target of victory.
However, Guptill made sure to catch Sri Lanka out of the chase to catch the catches of the series, because Pereira's teammates used to waste very little time in the middle before returning to the pavilion.