India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I: Former India captain MS Dhoni and allrounder seemed to have had dinner together in the team hotel where the Indian cricketers interacted with the hotel staff and obliged to selfies. It seems the two cricketers are winning hearts away from the cricket field as well. One also gets the feeling that the team is upbeat after the convincing seven-wicket win at Auckland which helped the Men in Blue level the ongoing three-match T20I series and force a decider. The last T20I will take place in Hamilton.

Here are pictures of MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya twining over dinner.

Dhoni, the original master finisher couldn’t have been happier as he saw Pant control what could have been a tricky 159-run chase with an unbeaten 40 off 28 balls. The series is now tied 1-1 with the decider in Hamilton on Sunday. With the former India captain (20 no off 17 balls) playing the role of a mentor at the other end, the 44-run stand was very significant as Indian cricket slowly moves towards a change of guard in coming days.

Earlier, Krunal enhanced his already growing reputation as a steady short format bowler with three important breakthroughs as India restricted New Zealand to a below-par 158/8. The parsimonious Krunal (3/28 in 4 overs) dismissed Colin Munro (12) and skipper Kane Williamson (20) to peg the Black Caps back early in the innings.

This is also India’s first win in New Zealand in T20Is. They lost all the three T20Is which they played before in the Kiwi land. USA is the only country where they have not won a T20I match yet among countries in which they have played the shortest format.