India and New Zealand begin the World T20 with a clash in Nagpur. India, who were in the red-hot form in T20Is but haven’t won a single T20 match against New Zealand ever, continued with the record and not the form, as the hosts and favourites were thrashed in the first game of the Super 10 after the Black-caps came back hard from a sketchy batting effort to bowl and field brilliantly.
Chasing 127 to win on a slow, low surface in Nagpur, the hosts were bowled out for a paltry 79 in 18.1 overs despite captain MS Dhoni's 30. This is India's second worst total ever.
For the Black-caps, Mitchell Santner took 4-11, Ish Sodhi 3-18 and Nathan McCullum 2-15 as nine India wickets fell to spin. New Zealand's total of 126-7 was built around Corey Anderson's patient 34.
The value of his innings only became apparent as India, in familiar conditions and with a fervent crowd behind them, slumped to only a second defeat in the past 12 T20s. Later, the Indian captain, MS Dhoni laid blame on poor batting for the massive defeat.
The manner of defeat as much as the margin will puncture India's hopes of becoming the first team to win the tournament twice. The only silver lining is that in 2007, India got defeated by the Newzealand in their first ever T20 World opener and went on to become the winner. The Indian supporters expect the Men in blue to bounce back really hard again.
For the other games, England starts their Group 1 campaign against West Indies in Mumbai at 14:00 GMT on Wednesday, after Pakistan and Bangladesh meet in Kolkata at 09:30.