AB de Villiers (L) and Hashim Amla (R) are the two names the team's batting will depend upon © Getty Images
AB de Villiers (L) and Hashim Amla (R) are the two names the team’s batting will depend upon © Getty Images

Hosts West Indies take on South Africa in Match 1 of the West Indies Tri-Nation series 2016 at the Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana. The series includes Australia apart from these two teams. Each team are scheduled to play two One-Day International (ODI) matches with the other two teams and the two teams to gather the most number of points will play the final match of the series. AB de Villiers will lead the team and will definitely like get his team to a winning note after the disappointing performance in the ICC World T20 2016. Here is the likely XI that he might like to play. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: West Indies vs South Africa, West Indies Tri-Nation Series 2016, 1st ODI at Guyana

Top-order: The South Africa top-order is in one of its peak in limited-overs format. Openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock both have scored good runs in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL). De Kock scored a match-saving century in the tournament while Amla, who was a late inclusion, also looked in a very good touch with the bat. Next in will be AB de Villiers, their most dependent batsman and captain. De Villiers has performed exceptionally with the bat in IPL and is expected to carry that form forward while representing the national colours.

Middle-order: With such a power-packed top-order, the middle-order needs to be strong enough to maintain the momentum and Rilee Rossouw will be the perfect option to go with. As Faf du Plessis is rested for the match due to his broken finger, Rossouw will have to take on a lot of responsibilities. After Rossouw, it is JP Duminy who comes out to bat. Duminy has earlier played many match-winning knocks and is a proven middle-order batsman. For some more hitting towards the end, Chris Morris and Farhaan Behardien are there.

Bowling: Though Dale Steyn has been rested for the series, the team has a sorted bowling line-up with experienced and in-form players. Morris has proved to be one of the best all-rounders in this edition and has most consistently bowled faster deliveries while being successful, which is a very good sign. Alongside Morris, Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott are also there to strengthen the attack. Another name that the Proteas will hope a lot upon will be Morne Morkel. JP Duminy will help the team with his spin while Imran Tahir will be their main spin option.

South Africa likely XI: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), AB de Villiers (c), Rilee Rossouw, JP Duminy, Chris Morris, Farhaan Behardien, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir

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