Birmingham (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Rain saw the Champions Trophy one-day international between Australia and New Zealand at Edgbaston on Friday reduced to a 46 overs per side contest.
New Zealand, who won the toss, made a brisk start to be 67 for one off 9.3 overs when persistent rain saw the umpires take the players off the field at 11:17am local time (1017 GMT).
Luke Ronchi was 24 not out off 17 balls, including three fours and a six, with Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson unbeaten on 16.
With no play possible for nearly two hours, match officials reduced what should have been a 50 overs per side one-day international contest to 46 when the fixture resumed at 1:08pm (1208 GMT).
One bowler would now be allowed to bowl 10 overs, with a maximum of nine for any other member of the attack.
Before rain stopped play, Australia managed an early breakthrough when Martin Guptill, who'd looked in excellent touch making a 26 that included five fours, was caught at point after trying to turn fast bowler Josh Hazlewood legside.
This was both teams' opening match in the 2017 Champions Trophy, a tournament featuring the world's top eight ODI sides.
Thursday's first match of this year's edition saw hosts England beat Bangladesh by eight wickets at the Oval in another Group A clash.
Teams are split into two groups of four, with the top two in each qualifying for the semi-finals.