Twenty20 International, Auckland
Australia 214-5 beat New Zealand 170 by 44 runs
Ricky Ponting hammered an unbeaten 98 off 55 balls as Australia beat New Zealand by 44 runs in Auckland in the first men's Twenty20 international.
The Australian skipper hit five sixes and nine fours as they posted a total of 214-5 in front of a 29,000 crowd.
Brendon McCullum launched New Zealand's reply with 36 but a spell of 4-29 by Michael Kasprowicz left them with too much to do.
Scott Styris made 66 but they were all out for 170 off the game's final ball.
Both sides took the field wearing retro uniforms, the Kiwis opting for their cult beige kit of the early 1980s.
And the good-natured contest also saw Glenn McGrath bowl an under-arm delivery in the final over, echoing a controversial one-day international in 1981 when Trevor Chappell did likewise to deny New Zealand a possible victory.
It prompted extrovert umpire Billy Bowden to produce a red card.
Hamish Marshall sported a bizarre Afro hairstyle, and other Kiwis wore moustaches.
Supporters' group the Beige Brigade had promised to deliver a crate of beer to the home club of any player sporting a real moustache.
Australia opted to leave Matthew Hayden and Jason Gillespie out of their team, with all-rounder James Hopes making his debut appearance.
But they made a poor start after winning the toss as openers Michael Clarke and Adam Gilchrist departed for only seven and one.
Andrew Symonds, promoted to number three, hit 32 off 13 balls before he was caught behind off Kyle Mills, who also bowled Damien Martyn for three and proved the most successful New Zealand bowler with figures of 3-44.
Craig McMillan takes a catch to dismiss Michael Clarke
Australia were 54-4 before Simon Katich (30) helped Ponting add 83 in nine overs and Mike Hussey weighed in with three sixes in his 31 not out off 15 balls as he put on 77 with his captain in the closing overs.
McGrath came in for some rough treament as New Zealand began their reply with a stand of 49 in five overs between McCullum and Stephen Fleming.
But the introduction of Kasprowicz as first change proved a good one as he bowled Fleming for 18 and next ball had Mathew Sinclair caught by Katich.
Kasprowicz also removed McCullum before Hopes picked up his first international wicket by having Craig McMillan caught by Hussey for nine.
The dangerous Chris Cairns managed only a single before he became Kasprowicz's fourth victim and although Styris and former rugby star Jeff Wilson added 40 for the eight wicket, it was too little too late.
Styris was bowled by Brett Lee after clearing the ropes three times in his 39-ball knock and Wilson (18) and Mills both fell to McGrath in the last over.
Australia: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke, Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds, Damien Martyn, Simon Katich, Mike Hussey, James Hopes, Brett Lee, Michael Kasprowicz, Glenn McGrath, Brad Hogg (12th man).
New Zealand: Stephen Fleming (captain), Brendon McCullum, Andre Adams, Chris Cairns, Craig McMillan, Hamish Marshall, Kyle Mills, Matthew Sinclair, Scott Styris, Daryl Tuffey, Jeff Wilson, Daniel Vettori (12th man).