Napier: Virat Kohli's 123 off 111 balls went in vain as India slumped to a 24-run loss against New Zealand in the first One-Day International of the five-match series at McLean Park here Sunday.
Corey Anderson smashed an unbeaten 68 off 40 balls to take New Zealand to 292 for seven after being asked to bat first.
The Indian batting failed to get going and they were bowled out for to 268 in 48.4 overs. Barring Kohli and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (40), the middle-order was found wanting.
Opener ROhit Sharma, who failed miserably in South Africa, looked at sea in foreign conditions once again and was dismissed for three after facing 23 balls.
His partner Shikhar Dhawan (32) fared much better, falling to Anderson in the 19th over.
Both Ajinkya Rahane (7) and Suresh Raina (18) failed to make a real contribution and the visitors found themselves in a spot of bother at 129 for four in 28.2 overs.