South Africa’s number one spot in the ICC ranking would be on the line when they take on the hosts New Zealand in the fourth match of the five-match series which the Proteas lead 2-1. The Kiwis on the other hand risk losing their winning record of eight ODI series victories at home.
The fourth ODI will be played at Hamilton, the ground which produced a rain-curtailed 34-over thriller during the first ODI of this series. The first game of the series which went South Africa’s way did not play out like a typical game at New Zealand. Usually the game is dominated by the seamers but in that game it was the spinners from both teams who were controlling the strings.
So, it is likely that both teams would continue the same combination of playing two spinners for the fourth ODI as they did in the first ODI.
On the Radar
Although Guptill has not been consistent with the bat against South Africa in ODIs, his average at Seddon Park, Hamilton is nearly 45. His inclusion in the squad will be an ideal boost for the Kiwis in the top of the batting order ahead of the fourth game.
South Africa would like Jean Paul Duminy’s form to improve with only a few games remaining before the Champions Trophy. His batting average in his last five ODIs innings is 16.2 and he has just one fifty-plus score in his last 10 innings.
A lot of questions are being asked about his performance against the top eight teams. He averages 29.2 against the top eight teams while against the rest his average shoots to 80.35.
Cricket-21’s likely XI
New Zealand are likely to make two changes in their playing XI, Martin Guptill and Luke Ronchi are likely to replace Tom Latham and Neil Broom, both of whom have failed to register even one score over nine this series.
With the presence of three left-handed batsmen in South Africa’s top six would warrant Jeetan Patel’s inclusion in place of Ish Sodhi, but the leggie has had a good ODI series so far.
New Zealand likely Playing XI: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Dean Brownlie, 3 Kane Williamson(C), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 James Neesham, 6 Luke Ronchi(W/K), 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Ish Sodhi/Jeetan Patel, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Trent Boult
South Africa are likely to bring in Tabraiz Shamsi ahead of Wayne Parnell to pair with their leggie Imran Tahir, who went wicket-less in the last game at Hamilton. The fast-bowling all-rounder Chris Morris bagged four wickets in his last outing at Hamilton, he would be South Africa’s talisman yet again at Hamilton.
South Africa likely Playing XI: 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock, 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers(C), 5 JP Duminy, 6 David Miller, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Wayne Parnell/Tabraiz Shamsi, 9 Andile Phehlukwayo, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Imran Tahir