New Zealand and West Indies are level in their five-match ODI series after Corey Anderson smashed the fastest hundred in ODI history. Rain shortened the game and more rain is forecast for the fourth clash.
What: New Zealand vs West Indies, 4th ODI
Venue: Saxton Oval, Nelson
When: Friday, Jan. 4, 2014
Start time: 1 a.m. GMT/2 p.m. local
Live on: Sky Sport NZ
Weather: While it is likely that there will be some rain around in the lead up to the match and a little bit of drizzle on the day, the forecast looks good enough to get in a full day's play, according to Accuweather.
New Zealand's batsmen put on a superb show in the third ODI against the West Indies, with both Jesse Ryder and Anderson hitting hundreds in a match reduced to 21 overs. It was quite a turnaround from the first game and the Black Caps will be mightily pleased with their willow wielders finding some momentum.
For the Windies, it's back to the drawing board, as just one player managed to pass the 30-run mark. Darren Bravo's unbeaten 56 off 54 was impressive under the circumstances, but their tendency to rely on a handful of individuals is surely troubling.
The Saxton Oval has never hosted an ODI so there's not much to go by in terms of how the ground will play. It has previously hosted a women's T20i and in the most recent domestic outing, Northern Districts triumphed after batting first and posting 174. They beat Central Districts by 25 runs with wickets evenly distributed for both seamers and spinners.
History of conditions should not feature in the minds of the teams, though. Instead, both sides need to find a way to come together as a unit and the Black Caps certainly have the advantage there.
The West Indies have the added challenge of possibly going into the next clash without skipper Darren Sammy once again. Sammy injured his hamstring during the third ODI warm-ups and it is not yet certain whether he will be fit and available for the fourth match.
The hosts certainly hold the advantage and it's a must-win match if they hope for a positive result from the series instead of sharing the spoils with an unpredictable Windies team.
Mitchell McClenaghan is a solid bowler with the ability to not only tie down the opposition, but also break partnerships. If the batsmen give him something to bowl at, McClenaghan is the key to the Black Caps attack.
Dwayne Bravo stepped into the captaincy role in the absence of Darren Sammy and although his bowling figures of 4-0-48-0 left much to to be desired, his batting prowess was the only thing that half-spared his team's blushes. He does have the all-round ability to contribute with bat and ball and the Windies will need him to do just that.
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (c), Corey Anderson, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson.
West Indies: Dwayne Bravo (c), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles (wk),Narsingh Deonarine, Kirk Edwards, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Chadwick Walton.