[caption id="attachment_800982" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-800982" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Krunal-Pandya-Twitter.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="422" /> Krunal Pandya, who returned with figures of three for 28, won the Man of the Match award. @ Twitter[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">India</a> avenged their record 80-run defeat in the series opener and romped home to a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-new-zealand-2nd-t20i-rohit-sharma-bowlers-help-india-level-series-with-seven-wicket-win-at-eden-park-800926">seven-wicket win</a> to level the three-match Twenty20 International series against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/new-zealand/">New Zealand</a> at the Eden Park in Auckland on Friday. (<strong><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/india-in-new-zealand-2019-200956/live-scores/india-vs-new-zealand-live-cricket-score-2nd-t20i-match-187363-summary.html">India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I: FULL SCORECARD</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Opting to bat, the hosts set a modest 159-run target that was never enough considering the small dimensions at the Eden Park. New Zealand stuttered at the start with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/krunal-pandya/">Krunal Pandya</a> s three wickets reducing the Kiwis to 50/4 in the eighth over. <p></p> <p></p>After the departure of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/tim-seifert/">Tim Seifert</a>, the hero in New Zealand s opener at Wellington, for 12 off <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/bhuvneshwar-kumar/">Bhuvneshwar Kumar</a>, the elder of the Pandya brothers had <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/colin-munro/">Colin Munro</a> (12), <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/daryl-mitchell/">Daryl Mitchell</a> (1) and captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kane-williamson/">Kane Williamson</a> (20). However, a 77-run partnership for the fifth wicket between <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/colin-de-grandhomme/">Colin de Grandhomme</a> (50) and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ross-taylor/">Ross Taylor</a> (42) steered the innings to safety. <p></p> <p></p>The target proved to be insufficient as stand-in skipper <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rohit-sharma/">Rohit Sharma</a> found his form just in time to as he tonked three boundaries and four sixes in his 29-ball 50 and became the highest run scorer Twenty20 International history as India cruised to victory with seven balls to spare. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-new-zealand-2nd-t20i-rohit-sharma-becomes-highest-run-getter-in-t20is-800918">Rohit Sharma becomes highest run-getter in T20Is</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p> 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, Krunal, who returned with figures of three for 28, which won him the Man of the Match award, said at the post-match presentation ceremony. <p></p> <p></p>The decider of the series is at Hamilton on Sunday. Looking forward to the decider in two days' time, Krunal said.