Superb knocks by skipper Mithali Raj and Anjum Chopra failed to save the blushes as India lost to New Zealand by 17 runs in a Women's World Cup cricket match at the Technikon grounds in Pretoria on Wednesday.
Chasing a modest target of 184 runs, India failed to capitalise on a 91-run partnership between Raj and Chopra for the third wicket and ended up scoring 168 runs for nine wickets in their allotted 50 overs.
The crafty Indian skipper scored 52 runs from 102 balls, while Chopra was out for 48 from 100 balls.
The defeat was the first in four matches and leaves India in fourth place after Australia, New Zealand and England.
Earlier Neetu David continued her dream run, taking five wickets for 32 runs. David received good support from Nooshin-Al-Khadeer, who returned figures of three for 44 runs.
India will now have to beat West Indies on Friday to book a berth in the semi-finals.
In other matches, Australia trounced Sir Lanka with an emphatic eight-wicket victory.
Batting first, Sri Lanka were all out for a meagre 57 runs in 38.2 overs and Australia overhauled the total in just 16.4 overs.
England continued their winning streak too as they registered an eight-wicket victory over South Africa.
Chasing a target of 174 runs set by South Africa, a magnificent 132-run partnership for the second wicket by Charlott Edwards (99) and Clare Taylor (50) took them to victory with 11.1 overs to spare.