Nagpur, March 16: India on Tuesday (March 15) became the second hosts in the history of the T20 World Cup to lose their opening match in the tournament when they crumbled to a 47-run defeat against a spirited New Zealand.Difficult to score runs on spinning track compared to seaming wicket: MS Dhoni
Only England are the other side to have lost their first match as the hosts of a t20 World Cup. They lost to minnows Netherlands by 4 wickets in the 2009 edition after scoring 162. Paul Collingwood was the captain of England in that tournament.
Hosts of the all other four editions played since 2007 registered comfortable victories in their inaugural matches.
Here is a brief look at the results of the first match that the host teams played in the T20 World Cup since 2007, when it started:
2007: South Africa beat the West Indies by 8 wickets [WI 205/6, SA 208/2]
2009: The Netherlands beat England by 4 wickets [Eng 162/5, Net 163/6]
2010: The West Indies beat Ireland by 70 runs [WI 138/9, Ire 68]
2012: Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 82 runs [SL 182/4, Zim 100]
2014: Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 9 wickets [Afg 72, Ban 78/1]