South Africa has so far won only one match in the series © AFP
South Africa has so far won only one match in the series © AFP

South Africa are all set to lock horns with hosts West Indies in Match 6 of the West Indies Tri-Nation Series 2016 at the Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts. The Proteas, after a disappointing run in the ICC World T20 2016, lost two of the three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in the ongoing tri-series. With only three matches to go, it is a do-or-die situation for the Proteas in the series. Here is the likely XI that captain AB de Villiers may want to take the field with, in their fourth match of the series: FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: West Indies vs South Africa, 6th ODI Match

Top order: Despite Rilee Rossouw being injured, South Africa have a heavy top as well as middle order. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock have done incredibly well at the opening slot for over two years. Following these two, Faf du Plessis comes out to bat. He, since his comeback after recovering from injury, has proved his worth by scoring 63 runs. If these three batsmen play their natural game and provide a strong start, the team can put up a respectable total.

Middle order: The nucleus of Proteas batting, AB de Villiers, comes out to bat at No. 4. He has a unique quality of keeping his calm as well as firing on all cylinders. To complement the skipper, JP Duminy — most dependable player — comes out to bat at No. 5. He, along with de Villiers, can build up great partnerships, looking at the potential they have. After these two reliable batsmen, next batsman Farhaan Behardien can go all guns blazing in the death overs. Looking at the way Wayne Parnell has played so far, de Villiers might opt to bring in Chris Morris once again, as he has reputation of using a long handle.

Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, after bagging three wickets in the series opener, has been wicketless. This is the time for the ace pacer to step up and provide impetus. He finds perfect support in Kyle Abott and Morris. Aaron Phangiso and Imran Tahir have been decent with the ball, but need to provide impetus in crunch situations. If these two fail, Duminy can roll his arm over as well. Moreover, if the players can manage to put up an all-round performance in all the departments, they can easily snatch a victory.

South Africa likely XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c), JP Duminy, Chris Morris, Farhaan Behardien, Kyle Abbott, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir.

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)