Rain washes out first NZ-India T20 match

Heavy rain has washed out the first Twenty20 cricket match between New Zealand and India.

Storm clouds gathered over Wellington's Sky Stadium ahead of the night match and the heavy rain set in before the toss was due to be made at 7pm NZDT.

Neither side had named match line-ups.

With no sign of the rain abating, the umpires called off play two hours later.

Rain also threatens the second match of the three-match series on Sunday.

Thunderstorms are forecast for Mount Maunganui.

"It's always good to come up against India, they're a great team to play but obviously today just wasn't meant to be," New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said.