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In a first, India beat the Kiwis on Friday by 7 wickets in the second game of the ongoing three-match T-20 International series at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. The series is locked at 1-1 and the third match scheduled on Monday at Hamilton will decide the fate of the visitors.

Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishab Pant smashed New Zealand’s Scott Kuggeleijn for a boundary towards long-on to seal the victory. Pant (40*)  with M. S. Dhoni (20*) chased down the target of 159 runs posted by the host with over an over to spare.

On the bowling end, spinner Krunal Pandya claimed three wickets for the team, while Khaleel Ahmed swept the pitch off the last 2 Kiwis batsmen in the final over.
 
Indian paceman Pandya was hailed man of the match for taking three for 28, while New Zealand’s best performer Colin de Grandhomme scored his first T20 half-century.
 
“It felt really nice to contribute for the team. It’s always special when you contribute to a win. The dimensions are quite different from Wellington, the straight boundaries were short and I had to adjust my length to it. Looking forward to the decider in two days time,” said Pandya after the win.

Sharma became the highest run scorer in the T20I history and also first Indian and the third overall player to smash 100 sixes in T20 cricket.

Speaking to media, Sharma said, ” Very pleased to see how we bowled, and we were quite clinical with the bat as well. We have quality in our side, but we executed our plans better today, after learning from our mistakes. It’s important to understand the mistakes that we made – it’s been a long tour for everyone. So we didn’t want to put a lot of pressure on the boys, just go in there with a clear mind. It’s going to be a cracker of a game in the 3rd T20I, but nothing to take away from New Zealand, they’re still a quality side.” 

Earlier today, New Zealand had won the toss and the team captain Kane Williamson elected to bat against the men in blue.

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