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Update KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, the front-line defenders India longed for

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The venue was same, the pitch different, but situations similar. In the chase to 133, the third-lowest target at Eden Park, one which even Brian Lara (on the Broadcaster's show) predicted to be a 15-over affair, India were reduced to 39 for two inside the powerplay. Struggling on the slowish track in Auckland, unlike the track used on Friday, Rohit Sharma departed for 8 while Virat Kohli managed only 11. The onus was hence on the young shoulders of KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer. And barring a misfortune for the Kiwis - when Rahul was left stranded in the middle on 42 - the pair negated the pressure cautiously to guide India past the target with 15 balls to spare.

For the second time in three days, Indian cricket witnessed a scene they longed for, one that troubled them the most in their build-up to World Cup 2019.

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