England stayed alive in the one-day series against New Zealand, although only just, as the two teams played out a dramatic tie in Napier.
The tourists will head to Christchurch for the fifth and final game on Saturday with a chance to make it two wins apiece after the scores finished level on 340.
However, that only explains half the story as the advantage see-sawed throughout a pulsating contest played out on a bowlers' graveyard of a pitch that saw only 13 wickets fall in 100 overs, two of which were run outs.
England, who were put into bat after losing the toss, appeared to be in the driving seat when they smashed their way to 340-6.
Phil Mustard (83) and Alastair Cook (69) put on 158 for the first wicket before skipper Paul Collingwood came in and hit the fastest ODI 50 ever by an English batsmen.
That was not the only landmark achieved. The final total was England's fifth highest score in one-day cricket while it was also the first time they had ever had five batsmen make 40 or more in an innings.
The final 10 overs saw 101 runs scored, although such an onslaught wouldn't have been possible had Cook, who was dropped by Brendon McCullum with just two to his name, and Mustard not set the platform up front.
For the first time since the World Cup clash with minnows Canada last year, an England first-wicket partnership managed to put on a century stand.
Mustard's 73-ball innings included 11 fours and two sixes as he posted the highest score by an England wicketkeeper who doesn't happen to be named Alec Stewart.
Cook was hardly sluggish either, making his runs from 88 deliveries before Jesse Ryder's medium pace accounted for both openers in successive balls.
That double breakthrough was quickly followed by Vettori taking the delayed third power play, allowing Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen, who made an even 50, to maintain the early momentum by putting on 74.
Bell's departure for 43 led to Collingwood blazing his way into the record books, the captain hitting six legside sixes to reach his half century in only 24 balls, four fewer than the previous quickest half-century made by Andrew Flintoff.
A target of 341 was daunting, but the Black Caps are not a team to be fazed by such a mountainous task and, exactly a year on from hitting 350 to defeat Australia in Hamilton, they set paced their reply almost to perfection.
Ryder, who went to school in Napier, lit up the opening power play of 10 overs with some lusty blows mainly off James Anderson, whose 10 overs ended up costing 86.
McCullum also played his part, defying a nasty blow on the hand off Ryan Sidebottom to reach 58 before he was stumped off the part-time off-spin of Owais Shah.
He had put on 91 with How, who went on to share a stand of 86 with Ross Taylor that left the Kiwis needing 88 to win off the final 13 overs and with plenty of wickets in hand.
Yet the sight of the finishing line on the horizon seemed to make the middle order nervous, experienced duo Scott Styris and Jacob Oram both getting themselves out in careless fashion to set-up a thrilling finish.
In the end it all came down to the final over and Wright, summoned from the deep to bowl for the first time in the match, having to keep the Kiwis below the seven runs they required.
The young all-rounder, preferred to bowl in front of Dimitri Mascarenhas, who sent down just two overs, managed to hold his nerve, getting a helping hand from an Anderson direct hit from mid-off that ran out How on the penultimate ball for 139.
That left Vettori - who had somehow been given not out by the third umpire when replays showed his bat had bounced off the ground when the bails were taken off coming back for a tight second run, needing two off the last delivery.
Wright bowled it right up in the blockhole, the Kiwis only managed to scramble a single and the scores were even, perhaps a fair outcome at the end of a game neither side deserved to lose.