New Zealand take on South Africa in what is a must-win match for the hosts. Having lost the third ODI by a massive margin, New Zealand are in a spot of bother. Their batting crumbled and wickets fell like nine pins. Barring de Grandhomme, none of the other New Zealand batsmen could add more than 30 runs to their name as the South African bowlers wrecked havoc.
New Zealand Team News
The hosts have recalled opener Martin Guptill to bolster their batting lineup. Kane Williamson's men have performed decently with the ball but the story isn't the same when it comes to batting. The skipper is the highest run scorer for New Zealand in this series. New Zealand's inconsistency in the middle order is proving to be too costly for them.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 25, 2017
Barring the second ODI, where Taylor and Neesham played exceptionally well, New Zealand's middle-order batting has come under a scanner. They will be looking to tweak their middle-order for the fourth ODI. New Zealand have won their previous three ODIs at Hamilton and will hope to win this high-intensity match as well.
South Africa Team News
South Africa, on the other hand, have impressed with both bat and ball. Their batting order looks strong with the top 4 batsmen coming good more often than not. AB de Villiers has been impressive with the bat and is second to de Kock in terms of runs in this series.
Well played Proteas ????????
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) February 25, 2017
The loss in the second ODI ended their 12-match unbeaten streak but they redeemed themselves in the third ODI. Everything clicked for the visitors and they'll be hoping to wrap up the series. The spin department is the only issue that has to concern the South Africans, with Tahir struggling to take wickets.
New Zealand vs South Africa 4th ODI – Key Players
AB de Villiers has led his side from the front and has impressed everyone in his comeback. The swashbuckling batsman has been in prime form scoring 167 runs in this series at an average of 83.5. His leadership has to be lauded as well since it is not easy to win on New Zealand soil.
Trent Boult has led the New Zealand pace battery for a while and he is continuing his exemplary work. He has five wickets to his name in this series and is the joint successful bowler. Though he has leaked a few runs, his death bowling has been excellent and his three-wicket haul has earned New Zealand their solitary victory in this tour.
New Zealand vs South Africa, 4th ODI – Probable XI
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham (wk), Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.
South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (capt), JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir.
New Zealand vs South Africa 4th ODI – Venue and Time
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
Time: 6:30 am Local.