South Africa can move back to NO.1 in ODI rankings

An interesting battle for the top spot in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings could be in the offing as South Africa can displace India if they win the upcoming series against Bangladesh by a 3-0 margin.

Sri Lanka’s chances -

On the other hand, Sri Lanka have a tough task if they hope to overtake Pakistan like they did in the Test rankings during a preceding series. Sri Lanka, who were the last side to ensure a direct qualification berth for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, will have to defeat Pakistan 5-0 to move ahead of them.

South Africa v Bangladesh series scenarios:

· South Africa beats Bangladesh 3-0 – South Africa 121, Bangladesh 92

· South Africa beats Bangladesh 2-1 – South Africa 119, Bangladesh 95

· Bangladesh beats South Africa 2-1 – South Africa 117, Bangladesh 97

· Bangladesh beats South Africa 3-0 – South Africa 115, Bangladesh 100

Pakistan v Sri Lanka series scenarios:

· Pakistan beats Sri Lanka 5-0 – Pakistan 99 Sri Lanka 83

· Pakistan beats Sri Lanka 4-1 – Pakistan 97, Sri Lanka 85

· Pakistan beats Sri Lanka 3-2 – Pakistan 95, Sri Lanka 86

· Sri Lanka beats Pakistan 3-2 – Pakistan 93, Sri Lanka 88

· Sri Lanka beats Pakistan 4-1 – Pakistan 91, Sri Lanka 89

· Sri Lanka beats Pakistan 5-0 – Sri Lanka 91, Pakistan 89

In the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings, South Africa boasts four batsmen in the top 20 - AB de Villiers (third), Quinton de Kock (eighth), Faf du Plessis (ninth) and Hashim Amla (11th), while leg-spinner Imran Tahir is the top-ranked bowler with pace bowler Kagiso Rabada in third position.

Bangladesh’s left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal is their leading batsman at 16th position while captain Mashrafe Mortaza (18th) and Shakib Al Hasan (20th) are the leading bowlers.

For Pakistan, batsman Babar Azam (sixth) and bowlers Hasan Ali (seventh) and Imad Wasim (34th) are the leading players according to the rankings, while for Sri Lanka, Kusal Mendis (32nd) and Suranga Lakmal (39th) are the leading players, but outside the top 20.

Series itinerary:

Pakistan v Sri Lanka:

13 October: 1st ODI, Dubai

16 October: 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi

18 October – 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi

20 October – 4th ODI, Sharjah

23 October – 5th ODI, Sharjah

South Africa v Bangladesh:

15 October: 1st ODI, Kimberley

18 October: 2nd ODI, Paarl

22 October – 3rd ODI, East London.(ICC)

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