ICC ODI Rankings: South Africa claim number one spot

Sport360 staff 11/02/2017

South Africa have risen to the top of the ICC ODI team rankings after their whitewash of Sri Lanka in the recently-concluded five-match ODI series between the two teams.

In the process, the Proteas have displaced Australia from the top spot. The Australians lost a couple of points after their 0-2 series loss against New Zealand.

New Zealand are third, one point ahead of India and six points ahead of England.

Speaking to the ICC, South Africa ODI captain AB de Villiers mentioned that he was excited that his team are at the top of the rankings and that they are moving in the right direction ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy.

“We are excited to be back at the top of the ICC ODI Team Rankings. We have had some trials since the World Cup two years ago but have worked hard to rebuild and to gain some form and consistency in this format,” de Villiers said.

“It’s an important year for us with the ICC Champions Trophy in June and regaining the No.1 position is a step in the right direction for our preparation ahead of the event.

“It’s a tight contest at the top so it’ll be important for us to continue putting in the performances so that we can hold onto the position.”

Check out the complete rankings in the gallery above.

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LIVE: India vs Bangladesh Test, day three

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India will look to take a big first innings lead.

It is a crucial day three in the Test between India and Bangladesh at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad as the visitors look to fight back with the bat.

Resuming their innings on 41/1, Bangladesh have a tall task on their hands after conceding 687 runs. They will be looking to bat as long as possible and post a big score of their own.

On the other hand, India will hope there is more in the pitch for the bowlers and will look to take the initiative of the Test match on Saturday.

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India confirm Super Six berth after win over Ireland

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Thirush Kamini celebrates after bringing up her century.

Thirush Kamini was the star of the show as her unbeaten century helped India secure their place in the Super Six stage of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 on Friday.

Having won the toss and elected to bat first, India were always in control of the contest especially with the opening pair of Kamini and Deepti Sharma adding 174 runs for the first wicket.

Kamini would score 113* while Sharma would fall just 11 runs short of a well-deserved century.

Chasing 251 to win, Ireland lost opening batter Shauna Kavanagh off the first delivery of their innings and never really looked like possessing a threat to the target set by the Indian team.

Ireland would eventually be bowled out for 125 with Poonam Yadav picking up figures of 3/30 in her 10 overs. Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht and Devika Vaidya accounted for two wickets each.

Speaking after the match, Kamini said: “Getting a hundred for India is always special. It was really satisfying to get runs today when the team required a good opening partnership.”

“The ball was not coming on to the bat later in the innings so getting runs was not easy. I’d gone into the match aiming to get runs at a fair pace and succeeded in that.”

Having won against Sri Lanka and Thailand earlier, India now have three wins in as many games.

BRIEF SCORES

India 250/2, 50 overs [Kamini 113*, Sharma 89, Kim Garth 1/38] beat Ireland 125 all out, 49.1 overs [Gaby Lewis 33, Isobel Joyce 31, Poonam 3/30] by 125 runs.

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