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Battle for top spot intensifies in the latest ICC ODI Team rankings

Martin Guptill’s belligerent knock of 180 off just 138 balls in the fourth ODI against South Africa at Seddon Park, Hamilton helped the Kiwis to level the five-match series by 2-2. With this defeat, the Proteas are once again pushed to the number two spot in the latest ICC ODI team rankings.

 

 

In February, South Africa dethroned Australia by beating Sri Lanka by 5-0 at home. This was their 11th consecutive win in the 50-over format which helped them to clinch the number one spot in the rankings for the first time in two years.

 

New Zealand’s win has directly benefited their Tasmanian neighbours, Australia who are now back in the top spot in the team rankings. The Black Caps are currently placed at the third position in the ICC team rankings. The fifth and the final ODI between New Zealand and South Africa will not only decide the outcome of the series but also give us the final winner of ICC ODI mace at the ‘official’ end of the international cricket season.
 

 

If South Africa prevails in the fifth one-dayer against NZ, they will move back to the top slot in the team rankings. Whereas, if the hosts Kiwis dominate the final encounter, their neighbours Australia will maintain their number one position. The team at the top of the ODI rankings come April 1 will receive a hefty cheque from the ICC. Virat Kohli’s Team India is at the fourth spot ahead of England in ICC ODI team rankings.

 

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