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NEW ZEALAND VS SOUTH AFRICA – 4TH ODI – FANTASY CRICKET PREVIEW!

As the visitors leading the on-going five match One-Day international series 2-1, the home team is heading to the 4th ODI with a focus of must win. New Zealand need back-to-back win in the remaining 2 matches to extend their home series victories from eight to nine. If they lose the series to South Africa, then their successful home run in last 8 series would comes to an end. On South Africa’s point of view, they need two more wins in the series to keep their no. 1 spot in ICC ODI ranking, or else Australia would regain the no.1 place. The interesting and exciting 4th ODI match between New Zealand vs South Africa is scheduled to start at 2 PM Local | 6:30 AM IST on Wednesday, 1st March 2017.

 

NEW ZEALAND :

The experienced opening batsman Martin Guptill has joined the squad for the remainder of the series. As he back to fitness after injured during the series vs Bangladesh, Guptill is expected to open the innings along with Dean Brownlie. After losing the third ODI by huge 159 runs, changes are expected in the line-up. In the third ODI, while chasing a target of 272, Kiwis batters were walked back to pavilion one by one. In the end, they bowled out for just 112 runs. All rounder Colin de Grandhomme was the lonely player who scored 30+ runs in that game for Blackcaps. Five batsmen were lost their wickets for single-digit scores. The out of form players in the series, both Tom Latham and Neil Broom were dismissed for Duck. The savior of the team, captain Kane Williamson managed to score 23 runs which was second top score in the innings. Ross Taylor, the experienced batsman who scored a stunning century in the second ODI has scored 18 runs in last ODI. After that batting collapses, New Zealand would make changes in the side, probably Tom Latham and Neil Broom would be dropped for Hamilton ODI.

Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson who replaced Ish Sodhi in the third ODI, gone expensive in that game. Experienced Southee picked 1 wicket for 66 runs in his 10 overs spell and Ferguson gave away 71 runs in his 10 overs. All rounder Colin de Grandhomme was a best bowler for Kiwis in that game, he picked 2 for 40 in 10 overs. Another all rounder Mitchell Santner picked a wicket for 45 runs in his 10 overs. He bowled under 5 RPO in the series and he needs to continue his good work in 4th ODI too. Front-line pacer Trent Boult leads with 5 wickets in the series for New Zealand. He is bit expensive these days, but he adjusts those with wickets he picks. New Zealand needs him to pick more wickets to ensure a victory for his team. Matt Henry sat out for all three ODIs in the series, now he might come to the contention and he has chances to replaces Lockie Ferguson in the XI. As Martin Guptill is back, out of form Tom Latham is expected to make a way for him. Also, Neil Broom would expected to make a way for wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi in the XI. New Zealand has added off-spinner Jeetan Patel to the squad ahead of 4th ODI. This is the must win game for Kiwis to keep the series alive at home, expecting them to back in form and fight hard to keep the series alive.

 

SOUTH AFRICA :

As South Africa’s ODI winning streak was over in the 2nd ODI of the series, the visitors re-started their winning streak with a massive win over New Zealand by 159 runs. They would look to extend their winning streak by winning remaining matches in the series. The two back-to-back wins from here would help South Africa to keep their first place safe in ICC ODI rankings. Opener Quinton de Kock continued his good form in that last ODI too, he scored 68 runs in that game and he also scored an half-centuries in first 2 ODIs too. That means he has hat-trick of half-centuries in the series and that would proves his form. He has fantastic season throughout 2016/17 season and the proteas hopes that his form would continue on Wednesday too. An another opener Hashim Amla is yet to score an half-century or more in the series. He scored 35, 10 and 7 runs respectively, his form turns out as a worry for the team. The world class player could re-gain his form at any time and expects that Wednesday could be his day.

Faf du Plessis also struggling to score runs in this series. He was in best form during the series against Sri Lanka back home recently. But, he scored only 61 runs in 3 innings so far, team needs a big knock from him on Wednesday. Skipper AB de Villiers improved his batting from innings to innings in the series. He scored 37* in the first game, then scored 45 in the 2nd ODI and on 3rd ODI, he top scored with 85 off 80 balls. Mr. 360 could offer better knocks that these and he could come with big century at Hamilton. All rounder JP Duminy has scored only 54 runs in 3 innings in the series and remains wicket-less with bowl. He proved his skills all through his career, he could turns the match on his teams favor with his all round performances and he could come back in to form at any moment. Just like JP, Miller also struggling for the form. He scored 28 in 2nd ODI and just 3 in 3rd. The team needs Miller to score runs quickly in the middle of the innings and also at death overs.

All rounder Dwaine Pretorius cemented his place in the XI in a short period of time with his stunning performances. He is a match winner for South Africa right now as he picked 5 wickets in 2 matches in the series and also scored 27 ball half-century in the 2nd ODI. His bowling spell of 3 for 5 in 5.2 overs proves his talents and skills. Chris Morris was dropped in the last ODI and his replacement Wayne Parnell utilizes his chances very well and scored 35 runs off 32 balls with the bat and also picked 2 wickets with a bowl. He might keep his place safe after that performances in 3rd ODI. Andile Phehlukwayo also bowled well on Saturday and picked 2 for 12 in 5 overs. In case Phehlukwayo rested on Wednesday, Morris would come back to the XI. Leader of pace attack, Kagiso Rabada would manage to bowl good spells as he always do for his team. He picked 4 wickets in 2 innings and expects more wickets from him on Wednesday. No. 1 spinner in the world right now, Imran Tahir struggles bit in the tour and picked only 2 wickets in 3 matches. But, he deserves the place in the XI and he could turn the game at any time.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

NEW ZEALAND :

Batsmen :

  • Martin Guptill
  • Kane Williamson
  • Ross Taylor
  • Dean Brownlie
  • Luke Ronchi
  • Neil Broom

All Rounders :

  • James Neesham
  • Colin de Grandhomme
  • Mitchell Santner

Bowlers :

  • Trent Boult
  • Tim Southee
  • Matt Henry
  • Ish Sodhi
  • Jeetan Patel

 

POSSIBLE LINE-UPS :

Tom Latham and Neil Broom’s places are in danger as both batsmen failed in all 3 matches so far. Martin Guptill and Luke Ronchi are expected to replaces the out-of-form batsmen in the XI. Lockie Ferguson gone expensive in the last game, Matt Henry has chances to replace him in the XI. If Kiwis want to go with extra spinner, then Jeetan Patel or Ish Sodhi would get chance in the XI.

1. Dean Brownlie / Tom Latham, 2. Martin Guptill, 3. Kane Williamson, 4. Ross Taylor, 5. Neil Broom / Luke Ronchi, 6. James Neesham, 7. Colin de Grandhomme, 8. Mitchell Santner, 9. Tim Southee, 10. Jeetan Patel / Ish Sodhi, 11. Trent Boult.

 

SOUTH AFRICA :

Batsmen :

  • AB de Villiers
  • Quinton de Kock
  • Faf du Plessis
  • Hashim Amla
  • David Miller

All Rounders :

  •  JP Duminy
  • Wayne Parnell
  • Dwaine Pretorius
  • Chris Morris

Bowlers :

  • Andile Phehlukwayo
  • Kagiso Rabada
  • Imran Tahir
  • Tabraiz Shamsi

 

POSSIBLE LINE-UPS :

An unchanged XI are expected to take field in 4th ODI. Some case, Chris Morris would be back in XI by replacing Andile Phehlukwayo.

1. Quinton de Kock, 2. Hashim Amla, 3. Faf du Plessis, 4. AB de Villiers, 5. JP Duminy, 6. David Miller, 7. Dwaine Pretorius, 8. Chris Morris / Andile Phehlukwayo, 9. Wayne Parnell, 10. Kagiso Rabada, 11. Imran Tahir.

 

TOP PICKS :

  • NEW ZEALAND : Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme
  • SOUTH AFRICA : AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock, Dwaine Pretorius and Kagiso Rabada.

 

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