ABOVE: Proteas skipper AB de Villiers top scored with 72 to help the Proteas to 279/8 in the fourth ODI against New Zealand on Wednesday. Photo: Raghavan Venugopal / http://www.photosport.nz/Iol News
DURBAN – Led by skipper AB de Villiers’ well-timed 72 not out, South Africa posted a challenging 279 for eight in the fourth one-day international against New Zealand in Hamilton on Wednesday.
De Villiers had won the toss and elected to bat first, as South Africa look to seal the series with one more game still to play. The Proteas got off to a worrying start, as Quinton de Kock’s run of six innings of 50 or more came to an abrupt end. The left-hander was caught behind off his first ball, from spinner Jeetan Patel.
Hashim Amla (40) and JP Duminy (25) both looked in decent enough touch to get a big one, but both played onto their stumps on a track that is slightly slow, and turning. Faf du Plessis also fell suddenly, for 67, before De Villiers set out his stall.
Not for the first time in the series, De Villiers relied on the lower-order, with Chris Morris (28) and a 12-ball 29 not out from Wayne Parnell providing the perfect foil for De Villiers to accelerate alongside, as he went to his 52nd half-century at this level.
De Villiers charged to the finish line, belting some big sixes, as he saw South Africa to a meaty total. The Proteas have made one change to their side, with Morris replacing Andile Phehlukwayo, who is suffering from a side strain.
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