Australia won by 5-wickets in the second T20 International against South Africa.
Australia beat South Africa in the 2nd T20 international. © Getty Images (representational photo)

Australia will be up against South Africa in the third and final T20 International (T20I) in Newlands, Cape Town. After a magnificent run chase in the 2nd T20I, Australia will be looking to continue their winning momentum and take the series. In what will be the last competitive international match before heading into the ICC World T20 2016 in India, both teams will want to end the series on a high note. Australia need this win more than the South Africans to discover their touch in the format. Full Cricket Scorecard: South Africa vs Australia 2015-16, 2nd T20I at Johannesburg

Top-Order: The Australian top-order did not get off to a good start in the second T20I but Aaron Finch’s explosive abilities with the bat will definitely be much needed when Australia come out to play in the final T20I match of the three-match series. With David Warner proving his adaptability by going down the order at No. 4, and firing to seal victory for his side, Australia may well have to choose between left-handed Usman Khawaja’s batting potential and Shane Watson’s all-round abilities. Keeping Watson’s experience in mind in terms of his knowledge about  Indian conditions, giving him some time in the middle ahead of the World T20 Championships may be vital. On the contrary, Australia may also go out there with a left-right combination. Read: David Warner breaks into top 10 of ICC T20I rankings

Middle-Order: Australia’s middle-order came to its attacking best in the last T20I with the likes of David Warner, Glenn Maxwell striking the ball superbly. They showed that their six-hitting abilities are unmatchable. They could not take their side home but they certainly had answers for all the tricks that the Proteas had in their bags. But, Australian Captain Steven Smith’s form has been an area of concern in the team and he may well want to get some important runs in his kitty before heading to India. All-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been decent with the bat and chipped in with contributions whenever his side with the bat and bowl. He scored the winning runs off the last ball taking Australia home in the previous match and also added 35 off 25 in the first T20I where the middle-order crumbled.

Lower-Order: Wicketkeeper-batsman  Peter Nevill remains the only choice for Australia and is a sure starter. He might want to make most of the batting opportunities in the side. However, Smith’s faith in his all-rounders was restored in the last T20I when James Faulkner took figures  3 for 28 and scored few crucial runs in his performance with the ball and bat respectively. He will surely play in the final game. Meanwhile, Josh Hazlewood might make way for Nathan Coulter-Nile after the former conceded 50 runs in his 4 overs. John Hastings was a bit better than Hazlewood. He took figures of 2 for 42 and might keep his place in the side. Right-arm leg-break bowler Adam Zampa might get a place in place of Ashton Agar as the latter went  for 2 for 25 in his two overs.

Both Australia and South Africa will be raring to get a series win ahead of the much-awaited ICC World T20 2016 and will go all out in a contest that promises high entertainment for the fans. The teams will head into the warm-up matches for their final preparations thereafter.

Australia Playing XI:Steven Smith (c), Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, David Warner,Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner, Peter Nevill (wk), John Hastings, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa.

(Karan Dewan is a reporter with CricketCountry)