Sri Lanka must win or square series to retain number-one T20 ranking
By Staff Writers | January 24, 2013
Sri Lanka, with 127 rating-points, are currently ranked number-one on the ICC T20I Championship Table and lead second-placed West Indies by five ratings points. However, if seventh-ranked Australia wins both its games against Sri Lanka in the upcoming T20 series, then Angelo Mathews’ side will drop down to fourth place with 117 ratings points, putting West Indies at the top of the table.
A two-nil series win for George Bailey’s side would see them gain eight ratings points to join sixth-ranked Pakistan on 116 ratings points, but they will still find themselves below Mohammad Hafeez’s side when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.
Australia next plays West Indies in a one-off T20 on February 13 at Brisbane. A positive result for Australia against Sri Lanka could help West Indies strengthen its claim for the number-one rank in the one-off match.
As far as Sri Lanka are concerned, even one win in the two-match series will be enough for them to retain the number-one ranking. Nevertheless, that would result in them losing at least two ratings points.
In the event of Sri Lanka win the series 2-0 against Australia, it would strengthen its hold at pole position, with 131 ratings points, nine ahead of the West Indies.
The batting table is headed by Australia’s Shane Watson who will be missing in action due to an injury and followed by Chris Gayle in second and Brendon McCullum in third position.
There are three batsmen inside the top 20 who are likely to be seen in action in the series, including Mahela Jayawardene in fourth, David Warner in 10th and Tillakaratne Dilshan in 11th.
The bowlers' table is headed by Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal, followed by Ajantha Mendis in second place and England’s Graeme Swann in third.
Apart from Mendis, Sri Lanka has three more bowlers inside the top 20 - Nuwan Kulasekara in sixth, Angelo Mathews in ninth and Lasith Malinga in 14th.
Watson heads the all-rounders' table as well, with Mohammad Hafeez in second place and Yuvraj Singh in third position.
Top five T20 teams
1. Sri Lanka
2. West Indies
5. South Africa
Top five T20 batsmen
1. Shane Watson (AUS)
2. Chris Gayle (WI)
3. B McCullum (NZ)
4. M Jayawardene (SL)
5. Virat Kohli (IND)
Top five T20 bowlers
1. Saeed Ajmal
2. Ajantha Mendis
3. Graeme Swann
4. Nathan McCullum
5. Shane Watson
Updated: January 24, 2013
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