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South Africa and Australia are involved in a mock drill ahead of the ICC  Twenty20 (T20) World Cup 2016 starting Tuesday. Both these teams are considered as serious contenders for winning the title. The proteas will try to rub off their chokers tag and Australia will go for the kill in a bid to extend their tally of winning the World Cups. South Africa have finally got a spinner who can be useful under Indian conditions in Imran Tahir.  They have got a good chance of in this edition because most of their players have experience of playing in these conditions (IPL) and know how the tracks behave. The series between South Africa and Australia is evenly poised at 1-1, thanks to heroics of David Warner and Glenn Maxwell in the second T20 International series of the ongoing three-match T20I series. Following this, South Africa may want to make some changes in their side for the third and final T20I on 9th March. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs Australia, 3rd T20I at Cape Town

Top order: Promoting AB De Villiers alongside opener Quinton De Kock isn’t working for them. The 360 degree man and superhuman of cricket is failing to perform at this position creating tension in the Proteas’ camp. De Kock is in a decent form and his innings will be crucial in the final. Skipper Faf Du Plessis looks in a good touch covering up for De Villiers’  so far. He is been exceptional in last two games, timing and hitting the ball with precision. Surprisingly, the only weak link in the top order is De Villiers.

Middle Order: The middle order looks far from impressive with exception of David Miller, who played a match winning knock in the first T20I and a quickfire cameo in the second. He has been the lone strong link in the South Africa’s middle order. Apart from him, they are struggling to find a perfect mix in the batting lineup. Shuffling between Rilee Rossouw, Farhaan Behardien and Chris Morris hasn’t worked out for them yet.  Jean Paul Duminy’s form is also creating woes for the home side. If the top order fails, they lack the form to carry on the innings and post a fighting score or chase one in case Miller fails. It will be interesting to watch how middle order tackles Australian bowling in the final.

Lower Order and Bowling: Lower order doesn’t seem to impress much either including Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir. Kyle Abbott’s presence in the team is highly likely too before the World Cup endeavor and in an attempt to snatch the series from the Aussies. Witnessing last match’s performance of the bowling attack defending a big total, eyebrows were raised over the success of their bowling department. Apart from youngster Rabada’s form and bowlers Imran Tahir and David Wiese’s highs and lows in the last two matches, South Africa have leaked runs. Steyn looks in good knick but needs to guide the bowlers in tight situations.

South Africa’s likely XI (in batting order): AB De Villiers, Quinton de Kock(wk), Faf Du Plessis(c), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir