Durban: South Africa skipper Graeme Smith won the toss and sent New Zealand in to bat in the first one-day international at Kingsmead Sunday.
New Zealand were again without all-rounder Jacob Oram, struggling to recover from a hamstring injury, while South Africa were without opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs, who has a knee injury, for the first of three matches.
Both teams made changes after the one-off Twenty20 international which South Africa won by three wickets in Johannesburg Friday.
New Zealand brought in batsman Mathew Sinclair and fast bowler Chris Martin for Jeetan Patel and Michael Mason. Martin missed the 20-overs match because of illness.
South Africa made three changes, with opening batsman Morne van Wyk and fast bowlers Makhaya Ntini and Andre Nel coming in for Vernon Philander, Charl Langeveldt and Dale Steyn.
South Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), Morne van Wyk, JP Duminy, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Mark Boucher (wk), Shaun Pollock, Albie Morkel, Johan Botha, Andre Nel and Makhaya Ntini.
New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (capt), Lou Vincent, Brendon McCullum (wk), Jamie How, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Mathew Sinclair, Gareth Hopkins, Kyle Mills, Mark Gillespie and Chris Martin.
Umpires: Mark Benson (Eng), Brian Jerling (RSA). Third umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA). Match referee: Javagal Srinath (Ind).