Mithali Raj stood out with a 36-ball 44 but the rest of the Indian batting collapsed like a house of cards as the team suffered an 11-run loss to New Zealand in its Group B opener of the Women's World Twenty20 in Basseterre.
Diana David (4/27) wrecked havoc with her off-spin but New Zealand recovered from a mid-innings collapse to post a competitive 139 for eight from their 20 overs.
India fells short of the target despite Mithali's 44 and identical 28s from opener Sulakshana Naik and Amita Sharma as the Kiwi bowlers restricted them to 129 for eight.
Sian Ruck (2/17) and Lucy Doolan (2/18) starred for New Zealand with the ball sharing four wickets between them.
Earlier opting to bat, Suzie Bates scored a 30-ball 32 up the order and was ably supported by Nicola Browne (24), Rachel Priest (20) and Sara McGlashan (15) to take New Zealand to 139.
Diana was the star performer for India with the ball, picking up four crucial Kiwi wickets for 24 runs. Reema Malhotra also chipped in with two wickets giving away 25 runs.
However, the Indian batters could not replicate the bowlers' success and six of them failed to even touch double figures.
India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their next group match tomorrow, while New Zealand will be up against Sri Lanka.