Faf du Plessis could reach a landmark of 2,00 ODI runs if he manages to score 53 more runs during the 5th ODI at Centurion © Getty Images
Faf du Plessis could reach a landmark of 2,000 ODI runs if he manages to score 53 more runs during the 5th ODI at Centurion © Getty Images

South Africa will face West Indies in the fifth One-Day International (ODI) at Centurion on Wednesday. South Africa have already won the series by a 3-1 margin, so this encounter will not add much to the series result, but it will one last testing ground for both teams ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015.

Even though South Africa are 3-1 up in the series, West Indies would feel a gush of energy running through their veins after a thrilling one-wicket win over the hosts in the fourth ODI played at Port Elizabeth. There were memorable scenes after their win at Port Elizabeth, as elated West Indies players were seen celebrating gleefully. The last match of the series will give West Indies another chance to end the series on a high, and carry on with their World Cup journey. On the other hand, South Africa would like introspect on certain limitations that emerged after the end of the ODI at Port Elizabeth.

For South Africa, the bright point of the Port Elizabeth ODI was the innings of David Miller. South Africa were waiting for some runs from their middle order, and Miller timed it beautifully with an innings of 130 from 133 balls. Faf du Plessis will be looking to score at least 53 more runs and reach the 2,000-run landmark. Dale Steyn, who was out for two ODIs, is likely to miss the last ODI too, while AB de Villiers could be rested this time. Hashim Amla is likely to make a return after he was rested from the last ODI. It would be interesting to see if South Africa play Quinton de Kock, who is still recovering from an injury.

West Indian skipper Jason Holder led from the front in the last game, taking four crucial wickets. Marlon Samuels and Andre Russell complemented things for the Caribbeans with inspiring performances with the bat. The last-over win in the last game has raised the bar for the West Indies, has reminded all and sundry of their capability to upset any team. If the top-order gets runs for them, they can truly be a tough side to beat. They have match-winning players packed in their unit, but team work serves them better, like it did the last time around.


South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Kyle Abbott, Rilee Rossouw, Morne van Wyk (wk), Dale Steyn, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Imran Tahir, Aaron Phangiso, Morne Morkel.

West Indies: Jason Holder(c), Marlon Samuels, Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Darren Sammy, Carlos Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Sheldon Cottrell, Narsingh Deonarine, Leon Johnson, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Sulieman Benn, Jerome Taylor.

Time: 13.30 Local | 8:00 GMT |17:00 IST

(Varun Arora is a reporter with CricketCountry. He started as a medium-fast bowler, converted to an opening batsman, but finally settled with his passion of writing about the game. His Twitter handle is @varunjgd)