New Zealand vs South Africa 5th ODI Highlights Today 4 March 2017
Watch latest cricket highlights. South Africa vs New Zealand highlights of the fifth ODI played today at Auckland. After full-of-thrill four games, this final contest will decide fate of this series. Both the teams have already won two matches each which makes it an open opportunity to grab. The likes of Martin Guptill and AB de Villiers have been impressive while others also participated in the victories of their respective team. At the same time many flaws have also emerged at surface.
Toss: South Africa won the toss and elected to field.
New Zealand have made it their thing this season to dethrone the top one-day side. Firstly they did it to Australia and now they have done it to South Africa (at least briefly). Whatever the outcome at Eden Park it is unlikely to change each sides’ thinking too much in terms of the Champions Trophy, but South Africa have a few unwanted concerns over the middle order while New Zealand remain in a muddle over the wicketkeeping position which has a knock-on impact to the middle order.
Talk of momentum heading into the decider would appear pointless given how New Zealand responded to being bowled out for 112 in Wellington. South Africa need to find a similar reply after being Guptill-ed. If they don’t, de Villiers will leave Eden Park with that sinking feeling again.
New Zealand Playing XI: MJ Guptill, DG Brownlie, KS Williamson*, LRPL Taylor, L Ronchi†, JDS Neesham, C de Grandhomme, MJ Santner, TG Southee, JS Patel, TA Boult
South Africa Playing XI: HM Amla, Q de Kock†, F du Plessis, AB de Villiers*, JP Duminy, DA Miller, D Pretorius, CH Morris, AL Phehlukwayo, K Rabada, Imran Tahir