Hardik is seen as the leader of the Indian team at the 2024 T20 World Cup with current skipper Rohit Sharma not expected to carry on in the shortest format for another two years.
Chasing 161 to win, India were struggling at 21 for three in 2.5 overs but Pandya smashed three boundaries and a six to take the visitors to 75 for four.
With no more T20Is this year, the series in New Zealand might be testing ground for India under Hardik's captaincy
Pandya, who will be leading India in the three-match T20I series against New Zealand, starting Friday, said the team needs to overcome from their World Cup failure.
The former opener also said India needs to identify more fast-bowling all-rounders ahead of the 2024 edition.
All-rounder, who played a vital role against Pakistan, is in a good mental place, cheerful that the last two years is behind him
Pandya achieved the milestone during India's clash against rival Pakistan in the Super 12s of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
There will be concerns here and there (about bowling) which is fine. We got to trust our boys. These are the best 15 in the country and that is why they are there in the squad, Hardik said.
Earlier, Australia Captain Aaron Finch won the toss and put India to bat in the first T20 international being played at the PCA stadium here.
At the recently-concluded Asia Cup too, Pandya showed how crucial he is to the Indian team, when he fashioned a five-wicket win over Pakistan in the tournament opener.
Bawa, hero of India's U-19 World Cup winning campaign, is a fast medium bowler and left-handed hard-hitting middle-order batter.
In a video posted by BCCI, the Hong Kong skipper Nizakhat Khan was seen receiving an autographed jersey from his Indian counterpart Rohit Sharma, while Suryakumar Yadav presented his bat.
Hong Kong has retained the same team that played in the qualifiers for the match against India.
Hardik put up an all-round effort to help India register a five-wicket win over arch-rivals Pakistan in their Asia Cup opener on Sunday.
All-rounder’s hard-lengths bring desired results before finishing off nervy chase in last over
Pandya had a dream game, first taking 3 for 25 in 4 overs and then finishing the match with a six off Mohammed Nawaz, having scored 33 invaluable runs off 17 balls.
Hardik (3/25 in 4 overs) showed his high value under extreme pressure as his well-directed short balls helped India bowl out Pakistan for 147. However, the chase turned out to be a tough affair.
West Indies were all out for 100 runs inside 16 overs as one of the most lopsided T20I bilateral series came to an end even though India won't be complaining having ticked most of the boxes.
No global event in cricket can be as success without India’s participation and importantly its star players in full flow.
While India clinched a narrow 2-1 triumph in what was a thrilling ODI series, star pacer Bumrah was forced to miss the final match owing to back spasms, which cost him his top spot.