The Sri Lanka - South Africa series starts on Sunday © Getty Image
The Sri Lanka – South Africa series starts on Sunday © Getty Image


Jul 4, 2014


Both Sri Lanka and South Africa will get a chance to replace India from the no 2 position of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) ODI rankings when they go head to head in a  three-match ODI series, starting in Colombo on Sunday. Sri Lanka is presently sitting at the third position in the rankings, just behind India. While South Africa is equal on points with England, it is ranked fifth when ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.


If Sri Lanka wins the series 2-1, they will claim sole possession of the second position with 113 rating points, which give them a one point lead over India. A 3-0 victory will put Sri Lanka to 114 ratings points. In both these scenarios, South Africa will retain its fifth position. If South Africa wins all the three matches of the series, then they will earn four rating points to leapfrog India into the second position.


On the other hand,  Sri Lanka will slip to fourth position, just one rating point ahead of England. However, 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 ratings points ahead of fifth-ranked England.