By Staff Writers | July 4, 2014
Angelo Mathews’ men can move up the ODI rankings to No. 2 with a series victory against South Africa. © AFP
Sri Lanka and South Africa stand the chance to move into second place in the ODI rankings table when they meet in the three-match ODI series in Colombo on Sunday.
Sri Lanka is presently sitting in third position, just a fraction of a point behind India, while South Africa is on equal points with England, but is ranked fifth when ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.
This means the side that wins the series is guaranteed to improve its ranking on the ODI table.
If Sri Lanka wins the series 2-1, it will claim sole possession of second position with 113 ratings points, while a 3-0 victory will put Sri Lanka on 114 points. In both the scenarios, South Africa will retain its fifth position.
On the other side of the coin, a 2-1 win for South Africa will put both the sides on 111 points each. But Sri Lanka will be ranked third while South Africa will be ranked fourth, two points ahead of fifth-ranked England.
However, if South Africa wins all the three matches of the series, then it will earn four points to leapfrog India into second position, while Sri Lanka will slip to fourth position, just one point ahead of England.
Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings
Rank – Team – Rating Points
1 – Australia – 115
2 – India – 112
3 – Sri Lanka – 112
4 – England – 109
5 – South Africa – 109
6 – Pakistan – 100
7 – New Zealand – 98
8 – West Indies – 94
9 – Bangladesh – 72
10 – Zimbabwe – 61
11 – Afghanistan – 34
12 – Ireland – 33
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