Rain proved to be a pain for England in Chittagong as they were beaten by New Zealand on the Duckworth-Lewis method in their opening match at the ICC World Twenty20.
The Black Caps had reached 52-1 after 5.2 overs in reply to England's competitive total of 172-6 when the heavens opened. It was hardly a surprise; thunder and lightning had briefly held up the game just moments before, giving a warning of what was to come.
With no further play possible and with only 30 deliveries required to make it an official game, New Zealand were declared the winners by a margin of nine runs.
They had needed to be on 42 by the end of the fifth over, and with one ball before the cut-off point they were one run shy. New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum duly made sure they got their noses in front by launching his England counterpart Stuart Broad straight down the ground for six.
It was the second maximum in an over that cost 16, McCullum doing all the damage after coming to the crease to replace Martin Guptill (11). Kane Williamson was 24 not out when the players left the field.
England will feel a little hard done by having posted the highest Twenty20 International total at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, albeit that it was only the 15th game to be staged at the venue in Chittagong.
To do so they had to overcome the early loss of Alex Hales for a duck to the third ball of the match, Moeen Ali coming out at number three to share in a 72-run stand with Michael Lumb.
Both left-handers were savage on anything short from New Zealand's seam attack; Moeen taking 14 from three Kyle Mills deliveries before welcoming Tim Southee to the attack with back-to-back boundaries through the leg side.
The Worcestershire all-rounder went on to top score with 36 before Mitchell McClenaghan held on to a catch off Corey Anderson's bowling. The duo then reversed their roles in the next over, with the latter taking a superb diving effort down at third man to send Lumb on his way for 33.
Having managed a healthy 66 runs in the powerplay overs England began to stutter when the two well-set batsmen departed in a hurry, their cause not helped by Eoin Morgan making just 12.
The wicket came during an excellent Southee over that conceded just two runs, though the bowler came in for further punishment when Jos Buttler twice used the ramp shot to good effect. The second attempt went to the boundary, one of four the wicketkeeper-batsman managed in his knock of 32.
Ravi Bopara weighed in with an unbeaten 24, albeit only after receiving two astonishing reprieves from the same Southee delivery.
Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi failed to hold on to a routine outside edge, then compounded the error by missing a shy at the stumps as the batsman was walking off, having failed to realise the catch had been dropped behind.
The double let-off allowed Bopara to combine with Tim Bresnan to add 24 from the final 14 deliveries, the latter hitting a six and two fours as he made 17 not out in a hurry.
Their efforts left the Black Caps facing a tough challenge and although they had made a strong start, the game was still firmly in the balance when the weather wiped it out. England will hope to at least get a full game in when they face Sri Lanka next on Thursday, live on Sky Sports.