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West Indies will look for a clean sweep against South Africa with victory in the third T20IReuters

South Africa have faced the full wrath of Chris Gayle so far in the two T20Is, and the Proteas will be wary of another ridiculous show of power-hitting from the West Indies opener when the 3rd T20 international is played in Durban on Wednesday.

While results in this shortest format of the sport matters little at the moment, considering there is just a month to go for the 50-over World Cup, South Africa will hope to see the back of Chris Gayle as quickly as possible in Durban, such has been the left-hander's dominance in the first two matches, where he scored 77 (31b) and 90 (41).

The 90 helped West Indies chase down a record target in T20s, with West Indies getting to 236 for six, when chasing 232, with four balls to spare.

When West Indies and their six-hitting batsmen get into the zone, there is very little the bowlers can do, and with the series now done and dusted, the team from the Caribbean will be in party mood going into this dead rubber of a third T20I, even if Richie Richardson might want everyone to think otherwise.

"It's not often that a team that is ranked below a top team whitewashes them so that's the focus," said the West Indies manager Richardson. "We are not going to relax.

"We are saving the celebration for after the next match."

South Africa will go into this match with a new skipper in Justin Ontong, with Faf Du Plessis, the man who struck a wonderful century in the 2nd T20 international, rested ahead of more important ODI engagements.

Ontong knows that trying to match West Indies six for six and boundary for boundary is not the way to go if they are to quell the storm and pick up a consolation victory.

"I don't think we can play the way they play their cricket," Ontong said. "We have to look at our strengths and the way we go about our business.

"There was nothing wrong with the batting in both of the games. We just need more work on the bowling front."

The South Africa bowlers, shorn of their superstars, will not look forward to bowling to the likes of Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy again, but if the men with the white cherry in their hands don't step up, then another hiding could be in order.

Where to Watch Live

The 3rd T20 match is set to begin at 6 pm local time (4 pm GMT, 9.30 pm IST) with live coverage in India on Ten Cricket and Ten HD. All the action can also be watched in India via live streaming on Ten Sports Live.

Watch all the Twenty20 action in South Africa on SuperSport, while viewers can live stream the match on SuperSport Online. Viewers in the Caribbean can catch the game live on SportsMax.

Sky Sports 2 will broadcast the match live in the UK, while viewers can also watch the match via live streaming online on Sky Go or Watch Sky Sports. Viewers in the US can watch the game live on Willow TV or Willow TV Online.

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