The weather gods continued to be unkind to the New Zealand and Australian cricketers at Wellington. The first of the six-match ODI Series between them remained a non-starter. Not a ball was bowled on February 16 due to rain. The game was postponed to the next day. But again on Thursday, a heavy but brief spell of rain delayed the start. The number of overs was reduced to 43 overs. New Zealand won the toss and chose to field. Skipper Stephen Fleming celebrated his decision by snapping up a sharp catch at slip to dismiss left-hander Adam Gilchrist off Christ Cairns.
That was off the fourth ball of the day. Australia hit back strongly. Mark Waugh (43 not out) and left-hander Matthew Hyden (64 not out) batted with customary fluency to blunt the Kiwis' attack. At the end of the 23rd over, the score read 119 for one. Then it was the turn of rains to take the field. No further play was possible.