The team is brimming with confidence with their latest victory over the hosts India in the last warm-up match at the same ground © Getty Images (File photo)
The team is brimming with confidence with their latest victory over the hosts India in the last warm-up match at the same ground © Getty Images (File photo)

South Africa are all set to start their ICC T20 World Cup 2016 journey as they lock horns with England in their first match at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Friday evening. The Proteas are one of the prospect winners of the tournament with many world-class players in their side. The team is brimming with confidence with their latest victory over India in the last warm-up match at the same ground and will be looking to trounce England team who recently received a defeat from West Indies in their first match. Before the power-packed match, here is the likely XI that the team is expected to go with. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs South Africa, ICC T20 World Cup 2016, Match 18, Super 10 Group 1 at Mumbai

Top-order: Most of South Africa’s batting strength lies in the heavy top-order. The team has tried and tested many combinations but they are in all likelihood to go with their trusted combination of wicket keeper-batsman Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla. The duo, once get going, has the ability to build a good partnership and provide the ideal start that the team wants. At No. 3 comes out the man the world admires for his unmatched variation of shots- AB de Villiers. De Villiers is one man that the team will be dependent upon to build on a huge score to create pressure upon the opponents.

Middle-order: At No. 4, it is the Twenty20 International (T20I) skipper of South Africa, Faf du Plessis himself who comes out. Du Plessis has played the savior in many of their games playing a heroic after a top-order collapse and gifted their side the victory. To play a perfect partner to the flamboyant batsman, there is JP Duminy who can play with a cool-mind and hold the innings together. As for the hard hitters, they have David Miller during the slog overs. Another positive that Miller bring along is his fielding skills. Looking further down, there is David Weise and Chris Morris who can bat down the order and score effective runs. READ: England vs South Africa, T20 World Cup 2016, Match 18 at Mumbai: England’s Likely XI

Bowlers: The South Africa bowling attack is lead by Proteas top bowler, Dale Steyn. Though fighting with his line, Steyn is consistent with his pace and has performed well lately. Apart from Steyn, there is Rabada who is in a brilliant form presently. With Chris Morris and David Weise, skipper du Plessis will find many options in the pace department. Talking about spin, which is known to be favored in Indian conditions, South Africa have options in Imran Tahir and Duminy. Tahir has been one of the most effective bowlers for his side while Duminy can come in handy for an over or two.

South Africa’s likely XI: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy,  David Miller, Chris Morris, David Weise, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn

(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)