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Guptill's smoky batting also defeated Australia in the second T20 match

New Zealand beat Australia by four runs in the second T20 match of the series after a thrilling contest. At the same time, the host Kiwis have a two-nil lead in the five-match series.

Australia won the toss and elected to field in Thursday's match at the University Oval Ground in Dunedin. The Kiwis scored 219 for seven in the allotted 20 overs.

Martin Guptill, the opening batsman for the hosts, batted a smoky 97 off 50 balls. He also hit eight sixes and six fours in his innings.

Five batsmen of the Kiwis team could not join the double figure.

Notable New Zealand batsmen include skipper Ken Williamson, who scored 53 off 35 balls, while James Neesham remained unbeaten on 45.

Five batsmen of the Kiwis team could not join the double figure. Australia's Ken Richardson took three wickets, Daniel Sims, Adam Zampa and Jill Richardson took one wicket each.

In pursuit of the target, Australia also took an aggressive approach and opening batsman Matthew Wade and captain Aaron Finch put on a 34-run stand for the first wicket.

Australia's wickets fell intermittently as they struggled to reach the target. Marcus Stones 78, Josh Phillips 45 and Daniel Sam played a brilliant innings of 41 runs.

Marcus Stones 78, Josh Phillips 45 and Daniel Sam played a brilliant innings of 41 runs.

Marcus Stones 78, Josh Phillips 45 and Daniel Sam played a brilliant innings of 41 runs.

The Australian team lost courage at a distance of four runs from the target in front of the bowling of New Zealand bowlers. The visitors scored 215 for eight.

For New Zealand, Mitchell Sentner got four wickets, James Neesham got two wickets, Ash Sodhi and Tim Southee got one wicket each.

Kiwis opening batsman Martin Guptill, who performed well in the match, was named Man of the Match.

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