Rain shortens Australia-New Zealand Champions Trophy clash

Australia celebrate the wicket of New Zealand's Martin Guptill for 26 runs during their Champions Trophy match at Edgbaston on June 2, 2017 (AFP Photo/Paul ELLIS)

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.