AB de Villiers will lead the South African team in the ODI series as well © Getty Images
AB de Villiers will lead the South African team in the ODI series as well © Getty Images

New Zealand won the toss and sent South Africa in to bat in the first one-day international at SuperSport Park on Wednesday. New Zealand fielded the same team that won the second Twenty20 international at the same venue on Sunday. South Africa were again without batsman Faf du Plessis because of a knee injury. Du Plessis also missed the Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) in a series which was shared with one win apiece. It was the first meeting between the two teams since a dramatic World Cup semi-final, which New Zealand won by four wickets with one ball to spare in Auckland in March.  Live cricket scorecard: South Africa vs New Zealand, 1st ODI, Centurion

But only four of the New Zealand team and seven of the South Africans from the Auckland encounter lined up for Wednesday’s game. Injuries, retirement and players being given time off accounted for most of the changes. New Zealand are without some of their key players as well. Brendon McCullum and Tim Southee have been rested for this tour, while Ross Taylor and Trent Boult have picked up injuries and as a result, miss out. Live Blog: South Africa vs New Zealand, 1st ODI, Centurion

Playing XI

South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Hashim Amla, Morne van Wyk (wk), Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese, Vernon Philander,  Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Grant Elliott, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi (wk), Jimmy Neesham, Nathan McCullum, Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan.

Umpires: Johan Cloete (SA), Ian Gould (ENG)

TV umpire: Adrian Holdstock (SA)

Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SL