Winner of New Zealand Vs South Africa Fourth ODI at Hamilton
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New Zealand Vs South Africa fourth ODI: New Zealand, the hosts would be in a desperate need of two back-to-back wins if they want to extend their winning streak of eight home series. A nightmarish defeat to South Africa in the third ODI hasn't just left the hosts trailing 2-1, but has left them with the selection dilemma. Inevitable, changes in the batting line-up are what New Zealand is looking for a quick turnaround in the upcoming matches. The least the home side would be eyeing first is to become the winner of NZ Vs SA 4th ODI at Hamilton, apparently because a win in the next game will keep them alive in the series.
After being bowled out for just 112 runs in the third ODI, Kiwis' skipper Kane Williamson acknowledged the need of improvement in the batting department. To do up with their pathetic batting woes, the hosts have made some big calls for the rest two ODIs at Hamilton and Auckland. The good news for the Black Caps is that Martin Guptill has recovered from injury and is available for selection. Guptil, a default choice in the opening slot, brings with him the question of who will open the batting alongside him. As neither Tom Latham nor Dean Brownlie has come that impressive in the series so far, Williamson might face a tradeoff with the opening decision. No matter who is given the charge at the top order in New Zealand Vs South Africa fourth ODI, Guptill in the opening slot is likely to give New Zealand a punch they were missing in his absence. And if things work well for him, New Zealand's comeback won't surprise much.
South Africa, on the other hand, will be eyeing an early wrap-up to the series. They won't like to take it to the fifth game. They have outplayed New Zealand in all the three departments so far in the series, thus leading 2-1. The visitors didn't let go of despite New Zealand made a likely comeback in the second game. They continued their decimating show and were hence rewarded the victory in the very next match, the third of the series. Now, they look even more confident to become the winner of NZ Vs SA 4th ODI at Hamilton.
Will Black Caps make a comeback in New Zealand Vs South Africa fourth ODI at Hamilton?