South Africa have already clinched the series by 4-0 against Australia    Getty Images
South Africa have already clinched the series by 4-0 against Australia Getty Images

South Africa are all set to whitewash Australia for the very first time as they meet for the final One-Day International (ODI) at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. This will be the time for South Africa to inflict further humiliation as they will become the first team to whitewash the Aussies, if they win this final clash. So far South Africa have shown clinical performance from their end while Australia have shown extreme opposite performance, that has infuriated further disappointment among former cricketers regarding Australia s decimal performance under the captaincy of Steven Smith. Australia s bowling unit failed to power against South Africa s strong batting side. Live Cricket Scorecard, South Africa vs Australia, 5th ODI

Even if the bowling failed to live up to the expectations, the strong batting line-up consisting of Aaron Finch, David Warner and Smith, has also failed to go all out. If Australia can provide tough fight in the final ODI, the match could hold some impetus unless they decide to collapse once again and dead rubber is very much on the cards. For South Africa, the pillars have been Quinton de Kock with his huge score in the first ODI and helping his side cross the high score, while skipper Faf du Plessis took the charge for the second with his century.

However, David Miller also found his way in the third ODI with his blistering century and the Miller that South Africa had lost was found back. However, with his injury, South Africa have lost him once again for this series. South Africa equally showed power pact bowling performance with Kyle Abbott and Tabraiz Shamsi shone among the bowlers, despite the absence of Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn. Now that South Africa are aiming for whitewashing Australia for the first time, here are the likely XI that du Plessis will play against Australia:

Top-Order: South Africa will go ahead with their usual opener de Kock and Hashim Amla. There was a rage when Amla was not picked for the second ODI despite being fit. The outrage came from former Australian skipper and batsman Michael Clarke, who felt that it would backfire South Africa in the long term to keep their limited-over batsman away from the format that he is best known for. In contrast, de Kock already laid down the platform with his score of 178 that led the Proteas to victory. De Kock has been consistent with his performance through the series and will be expected to fire up in the final clash. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: South Africa vs Australia, 3rd ODI at Newlands, Cape Town

Skipper du Plessis is likely to enter at No. 3. He has proved his mettle not only as a captain but also as the batsman after scoring his century in the second ODI. He also scored a fifty in the last ODI to help provide command over Australia while chasing the target of 168. He has done decent job as stand-in captain for AB de Villiers and with the Test series beginning against Australia soon, du Plessis has further mountain task ahead.

Middle-Order: JP Duminy, who has been loitering between the scores ranging from 20-30 runs, scaled up in the second ODI along with du Plessis with his score of 82. He is yet another batsman who can scale his performance at the need of the hour. Similar is the case of power-hitter Rillee Rossouw, who has got two fifties to his name of the four ODIs played so far. Rossouw remained unbeaten in the last match. This time, Rossouw will want to provide the perfect finale to the last ODI match against Australia and seal his spot forever in the limited-over squad.

Farhaan Behardien has also been handy with the bat scoring runs when required, although he has not got much opportunity to bat all out. Andile Phehlukwayo has been spoken much during this series where it started with ball as he claimed four wickets in the first ODI and ended up scoring crucial unbeaten 42 in the third. For South Africa, it is either the top-order who goes all out or the middle-order proves to be the saviour. ALSO READ: South Africa vs Australia, 5th ODI: Preview and Predictions

Bowling: Dwaine Pretorius had decent start to his tour in place of Chris Morris and has even picked two wickets. However, Kagiso Rabada might be called for the final ODI clash as he has been effective with three wickets so far in this series. So the chances are one of them might get call for the final clash. Phehlukwayo was exceptional in the first ODI with his four-fer and has also done well with the bat. He will be expected to bowl out the Aussies quick and shine in this series.

Abbott made an excellent comeback with his four-wicket haul and was also adjudged Man of the Match. As for the spinners, Shamsi has been the new found talent with his three-wicket haul and conceding just 36 runs at the end of his spell. Duminy also can swing the ball and can cause trouble to the Australian batsman. Aaron Phangiso was equally effective with the ball in the last clash as he claimed two wickets to keep Australia on toes.

Looking at the way South Africa have come forth through this series, it all possible that they might be the first team to achieve history, leaving Australia embarrassed yet again, this time in ODI series.

South Africa Likely XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), JP Duminy, Rilee Rossouw, Farhaan Behardien, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada/ Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kyly Abbott and Aaron Phangiso

(Shruti Hariharan is Content Writer with CricketCountry. You can follow her on Twitter at @Shruti_2890)