New Zealand 176 for 6 (Mitchell 59*, Conway 52, Washington 2-22) beat India 155 for 9 (Washington 50, Suryakumar 47, Santner 2-11) by 21 runs
Ranchi: New Zealand produced a dominating performance with bat and ball to defeat India by 21 runs in the opening T20I of the three-match series at JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Friday.
New Zealand now lead the three-match series 1-0.
Chasing a target of 177, Washington Sundar scored the highest for Team India with 50 of 28 deliveries while vice-captain Suryakumar Yadav played a gritty knock of 47 runs.
For New Zealand, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner and Lockie Ferguson bagged two wickets each.
Washington Sundar and Deepak Hooda then tried to handle the pressure situation and scored boundaries at regular intervals. However, Santner again produced a stunning opportunity for his team as he dismissed Hooda for 10 runs.
In the 18th over of the innings, India lost their 8th wicket as Kuldeep Yadav was sent packing by Lockie Ferguson on a golden duck.
Earlier, Devon Conway's gritty fifty and Daryl Mitchell's blistering knock of 59 propelled New Zealand to 176/6.
Mitchell scored the highest runs for New Zealand and his 59 came of 30 balls.
Devon Conway contributed with a knock of 52. Arshdeep Singh conceded most runs for India with New Zealand batsmen scoring 51 in four overs of his spell.
Put to bat first, New Zealand got off to an explosive start as the opener Finn Allen slammed back-to-back two fours of India skipper Hardik Pandya in the very first over making his intentions clear.
Glenn Phillips then came out to bat. The duo slammed Indian bowlers and New Zealand took the total beyond the 50-run mark in under 7 overs.
In the 8th over, Devon Conway hammered Umran Malik for 16 runs, smashing two back-to-back fours and one stunning six. After 10 overs New Zealand's score read 79/2.
The duo of Conway and Phillips kept the momentum in their team's favour as they kept hitting Indian bowlers all around the ground while taking singles at regular intervals.
Kuldeep Yadav gave his team a big breakthrough as he removed Glenn Phillips after he had scored 17 runs of 22 balls. He broke the 60-run partnership. Batter Daryl Mitchell then came out to bat and slammed Shivam Mavi for two back-to-back fours.