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Proteas win toss, bowl first in fifth ODI

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/03/2017 Ben Leahy
Martin Guptill © Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Sport Martin Guptill

New Zealand have entered the fifth and deciding one day international in Auckland against South Africa unchanged after being put into bat by the Proteas.

South African skipper AB de Villiers continued his perfect series record with the toss and decided to bat second on an Eden Park surface expected to play truer than earlier surfaces, which gave aid to the spinners.

The five-match series is locked 2-2 with Saturday's winner to clinch overall honours.

A win for South Africa will also see them reclaim the top one day ranking from Australia just ahead of the official end of the year on April 1.

The visitors made one change, bringing back seamer Andile Phehlukwayo at the expense of Wayne Parnell.

The Black Caps have shown faith in the side that won by seven wickets in Hamilton on Wednesday.

Returning opener Martin Guptill belted the Kiwis to that win in the fourth ODI to level the series, but not before Tim Southee and Trent Boult were battered with the ball.

Saturday's tussle will be the first time the two sides have met at Eden Park in an ODI since the 2015 World Cup semi-final, which the Kiwis snatched at the death.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Dean Brownlie, Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Jeetan Patel, Trent Boult.

South Africa: AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phelukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir.

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