Suzie Bates hit 67 off 50 balls but New Zealand had too much to chase against India.
The White Ferns’ spin-heavy attack was shown no mercy by India in a heavy defeat to open their Women’s World Twenty20 campaign in the West Indies.
After conceding a mammoth 194-5 off their 20 overs in Guyana – with India’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur smashing a 49-ball century – New Zealand replied with 160-9 to lose by 34 runs.
It was a big setback in the Ferns’ title bid and left them needing to upset Australia on Wednesday to avoid the prospect of missing the semifinals.
Opener Suzie Bates (67 off 50) got them off to a flyer but too many wickets fell at the other end with key players Sophie Devine (9) and captain Amy Satterthwaite (3) missing out.
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Wicketkeeper Katey Martin (39 off 25) hit out late but the required rate was too steep.
The White Ferns’ spinners looked their strength on the slow pitches but Jess Watkin (1-36 off three), Leigh Kasperek (1-28 off four) and Amelia Kerr (0-36 off four) didn’t have the impact the team hoped for.
Kaur was unstoppable, hitting 103 off 51 balls including eight sixes before Devine removed her with two balls left in the innings.