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India take over number one ranking in ODIs

Last updated on: September 12, 2009 10:33 IST
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It was a historic day for Indian cricket as Team India took over as the number one team in the ICC ODI rankings following their six-wicket victory against New Zealand, in Colombo, on Friday.

India, who received two points for the victory, now have 128 points. It helped them overtake South Africa and take the top spot in the ODI rankings for the first time since they were introduced in October 2002.

However, India will need to ensure that they beat Sri Lanka in the last league match of the tri-series on Saturday to stay atop the rankings. Defeat will see them slip to second position, behind South Africa, with 125 points.

If India beat Sri Lanka on Saturday, they will maintain their top standing with 129 points, but they need to win the tri-series final on Monday to ensure they remain number one.

If India lose both the matches to Sri Lanka, and if Australia beats England in the fourth ODI, India will slip to third behind South Africa and Australia.

ICC ODI Championship (as of September 11, 2009):

Position Team Matches Points Rating
1 India 27 3443 128
2 South Africa 18 2280 127
3 Australia 25 3103 124
4 Pakistan 21 2297 109
5 Sri Lanka 26 2760 106
6 England 22 2324 106
7 New Zealand 17 1781 105
8 West Indies 18 1397 78
9 Bangladesh 23 1257 55
10 Zimbabwe 20 513 26
11 Ireland 6 152 25
12 Kenya 9 0 0

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