Washout helps India retain No.1 ODI spot - The New Indian Express

Washout helps India retain No.1 ODI spot

Published: 28th October 2013 06:32 PM

Last Updated: 28th October 2013 06:32 PM

World champions India have managed to retain the number one spot in the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings after the last two 50-over games in the seven-match home series against Australia were washed-out.

Australia lead the series 2-1 with the final two matches to be played in Nagpur and Bengaluru on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.

Australia needed to win the series 6-1 or better to dislodge India from the top and reclaim the number one spot, which it last held in July 2012.

If Australia manages to win the final two ODIs, it will rise to 119 ratings points while India will finish on 120 ratings points.

In sharp contrast, if India wins both matches, it will finish on 123 ratings points while Australia will slide to 114

ratings points -– only three ahead of second placed England and third ranked Sri Lanka, according to an ICC statement.

Among other teams Pakistan has an opportunity to gain a place on the ICC ODI Team Rankings if it wins its upcoming five-match series against South Africa by 3-2 or better. The series will begin in Sharjah on Wednesday.

Pakistan is currently sitting in sixth position, four ratings points behind South Africa. However, if Pakistan wins the series 3-2, the two sides will swap places, with the Asian side moving into fifth position on 103 ratings points and the Proteas dropping to sixth spot on 102 ratings points.

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