India Consolidate Second Spot, New Zealand Slip In ICC Rankings
New Zealand have slipped to fourth place in the latest ICC Rankings for ODI teams after losing the fifth and final game against India on Sunday. New Zealand lost the game by 35 runs to lose four games in a five-match series at home for the first time against India and also the first time since 2004.
Batting first, India recovered from 18 for 4 to post a challenging 252. Impressive knocks from Ambati Rayudu, Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya helped India recover from the disastrous start. Rayudu and Shankar added 98 runs for the fifth wicket before the latter was run-out due to misunderstanding. Shankar scored 45. However, Rayudu went on to score his fifty but missed a well-deserved century by just 10 runs. Pandya then added the finishing touch by slamming 45 off just 22 balls with the help of 5 sixes and 2 fours.
In reply, New Zealand were all out for 217. Mohammed Shami gave India a solid start by dismissing both New Zealand openers with just 37 runs on the board. One run later, Pandya sent back Taylor to put India on top. New Zealand never really recovered from the setbacks and were eventually all out for 217.
Courtesy of the loss, New Zealand have now slipped behind South Africa to fourth place in the ODI rankings. The Black Caps are now on 111 points, the same as South Africa but behind on decimal points. On the other hand, India gained one point to reach 122 points and have bridged the gap with England who are leading the rankings table with 126 points. India and New Zealand would have remained on their pre-series tally of 121 and 113 points, respectively, had the home side won the fifth ODI.
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Pakistan, meanwhile, are in fifth position with 102 points after losing the series against South Africa 2-3. Defending world champions Australia are at sixth place with 100 points.
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