New Zealand captain Kane Williamson scored just 20 off 17 before he was dismissed by Krunal Pandya. @ Twitter/ICC

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson rued the hosts’ missed opportunities as they were outplayed by India, who levelled the three-match Twnety20 International series 1-1 with a thumping seven-wicket win at Auckland on Friday.

After a record 80-run win in the opening match at Wellington, the Kiwis were reduced to 50/4 in the eighth over after Williamson opted to bat.

Krunal Pandya (three for 28) orchestrated New Zealand’s downfall picking up three of the four wickets that fell early at start. The elder of the Pandya brothers had had Colin Munro (12), Daryl Mitchell (1) and captain Kane Williamson (20). However, a 77-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Colin de Grandhomme (50) and Ross Taylor (42) steered the innings to safety. (ALSO READ: It’s always special when you contribute to a win: Krunal Pandya)

A 159-run target was never going to be enough considering the small dimensions at the Eden Park and Williamson feels that the Kiwis were 20-odd runs short of the target.

“I suppose the performance in Wellington was going to be difficult to replicate. We missed a trick or two with the bat. It was slightly more tricky to bat on, but 20 more runs at the death would have been better. It wasn’t a 180-200 wicket for sure,” Williamson said at the post-match ceremony. (ALSO READ: We have quality in our side: Rohit Sharma)

Chasing 159, India were off to a flier as stand-in captain Rohit Sharma bulldozed his way to a brilliant half-century in just 29 balls which included three boundaries and four hits over the fence. Rishabh Pant (40 off 28) and MS Dhoni (20 off 17) laid the finishing touches to the run chase as the tourists romped home with seven balls to spare. (ALSO READ: Rohit Sharma becomes highest run-getter in T20Is)

“The opening partnership from India just took it away. It’s important that as a side we are aware of the good bits we have done and put that into practice every time we come out to bat. Today it wasn’t our day to be honest. Today wasn’t as close as we would have liked, but having a full house like Eden Park, there isn’t any better atmosphere in the world,” Williamson said.