Ross Taylor [ Images ] had a winning start to his career as a captain as New Zealand [ Images ] eked out a two-wicket win over trans-Tasman tivals Australia [ Images ] in a closely contested opening one-day international at Napier [ Images ] on Wednesday.
Chasing 276 to win, the Black Cpas reached home with just four balls to spare at the MacLean Park to take a 1-0 lead in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.
Scott Styris [ Images ], not in the starting line up at the start, came into the side as a replacement for Daniel Vettori [ Images ] - who opted out with a stiff neck - and utilised the opportunity to the optimum scoring an unbeaten 49 off just 34 balls to lead the hosts' to what in the end was a comfortable win.
Taylor played his captain's role to perfection hitting an aggressive 70 to help New Zealand reach a comfortable position from where Styris could take over.
Brendon McCullum [ Images ] (45) and Peter Ingram (40), who shared a 75-run partnership for the opening wicket, were the other major contributors to the Black Caps' total.