South Africa are looking forward to a whitewash after sealing the five-match bilateral One Day International series by 3-0. Steve Smith and his men, on the other hand, will be craving for the consolation win in the fourth ODI at Port Elizabeth. Australia will have to move a mountain here.
The visitors’ biggest defeat was 4-0 when they toured England in 2012. The current side comprising of youngsters will be eyeing for some momentum ahead of the Test series against the Proteas in Australia after the last ODI of the series.
The series saw Joe Mennie, Chis Tremain and Daniel Worrall debuting for Australia but they have not clicked yet. The most successful bowler from Australia is John Hasting who have bagged five wickets from three clashes. However, he has registered a dismal economy rate of 6.96.
The home side’s batsmen have dominated throughout the three matches and they have no mercy for the Aussie youngsters. All of the three tracks have seen batting friendly pitches with last ODI witnessing 743 runs at Kingsmead, Durban.
The Durban ODI saw the tourists posting a grand total of 371 for 6 from 50 overs. However, the Proteas stepped up and successfully chased the target with four balls to spare and four wickets in hand.
The Australian skipper Steve and the opener David Warner were on fire in the last match. They each hammered a ton and helped their side to post a huge tally. Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Geroge Bailey have also displayed great batting skills in this series.
However, David Miller 118 off 79 balls steered the home side to a history 3-0 lead against the Aussies. Quinton de Kock, on the other hand, piled up 270 runs at an amazing average of 90 and a strike rate of 145.6 in this series. Faf Du Plessis, JP Duminy, David Miller and Rilee Rossouw have all hammered brilliant knocks with sensational strikes rates in the on-going series.
Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir grabbed two wickets each for South Africa whereas Hastings claimed two victims for the tourists at Durban ODI.
Overall, both sides are struggling in the bowling department in this series. Steyn and Wayne Parnell are ruled out of the final two ODIs with an injury.
Players to watch:
Steve Smith: the skipper is expected to deliver his best and claw out his team from misery in the fourth clash.
Quinton de Kock: the wicketkeeper-batsman has already racked up several runs in this series. He will be eyeing to replicate his performance at Port Elizabeth.
Pitch and conditions:
Sunday will be clear at Port Elizabeth. The temperature will also be pleasant ranging from 12 to 18 degree C during the day. Fans can expect another high-scoring match at the venue.