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West Indies will qualify for semi-finals if they win against South Africa. © Getty Images

West Indies have been in a whipping form in ICC World T20 2016, coming up victorious in both their matches. They beat England, by chasing down a mammoth target of 183-runs on Mumbai’s feather-bed and outplayed Sri Lanka by 7 wickets on Bengaluru’s square-turner. West Indies won their maiden World T20 in 2012 in Sri Lanka and are in contention in this edition of World T20 spectacle as well. They are studded with T20 stalwarts such as Chris Gayle, Andre Fletcher, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Samuel Badree and many more. Let’s look at the West Indies’ likely XI against South Africa.  LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs West Indies, ICC World T20 2016, Super 10 Group 2, Match 27 at Nagpur

Top order: Chris Gayle did not bat against Sri Lanka at Bengaluru, as he sustained a hamstring injury in the first innings and decided to bat only if the team needed. In his absence, Andre Fletcher got the golden opportunity to emulate what Chris Gayle does very well at top of the order. He scythed 64-ball 84 on a track that was turning square. While other West Indian batters failed to crisply time the ball, he stood tall and kept playing strokes.

Johnson Charles has not gone all guns blazing yet in the tournament. However, given the match is at Nagpur, West Indies will go for an extra batsman, like they did in the previous match. Given the way Charles approaches his game, he would not care about his form.

We saw Chris Gayle doing what he does the best: send the ball sailing into the crowd. His 48-ball 100 was as superlative as his larger-than-life lifestyle. He will be the key against the South African pace attack on a pitch that’s bound to be on the slower side. However, the Jamaican marauder needs 2 more sixes to become the first player to hit a century of sixes.

Marlon Samuels is another heartening aspect of the West Indies batting line-up. We saw him taking the team over the line single-handedly in the final of ICC World T20 2012, and a big innings is due from him. READ: South Africa vs West Indies, T20 World Cup 2016, Match 26: Faf du Plessis and Co. Likely XI

All-rounders: West Indies have an array of all-rounders in the ranks. You name them and you get them:  Bravo, Russel, Sammy and Carlos Brathwaite. Having all-rounder not only increases the batting depth but also adds more sting and venom to the bowling attack.

While Sammy did not bowl in the last match, Brathwaite was on the expensive side. Russel has done a decent job in the batting Powerplay so far and will continue to be the pace spearhead in the absence of Jerome Taylor. Bravo continued his stellar performance and picked up 2 more wickets.

That’s the advantage of having all-rounders! Even if either of them leaks runs, others can chip and do some damage control. Denesh Ramdin will play as a wicket-keeper batsman, and will look to contribute for the team.

Spinners: The tournament opener between India and New Zealand was played at Nagpur and all the batters were caught in a spin. Leggie Samuel Badree and left-arm slow bowler Suleman Ben will feed on the South African batsmen if they hit the right length. Badree was on a song in the last match and picked up 3 for 12 in his 4-over quota. On the other hand, Suleman went wicket-less but conceded only 13 runs. It’s a dust-bowl at Nagpur and these spinners will try to make the most of it.

West Indies likely XI (batting order): Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy (c), Carlos Brathwaite, Samuel Badree, Suleman Benn