South Africa eye top spot in ICC ODI Rankings ahead Bangladesh series

An interesting battle for the top spot in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings could be in the offing as South Africa can displace India if they win the upcoming series against Bangladesh by a 3-0 margin. India overtook South Africa earlier in October with a 4-1 win in a home series against Australia and are one point ahead at 120 points. But South Africa will go ahead of India on decimal points with a 2-0 lead in the series and could reach 121 points with a 3-0 series win. However, they can only remain at the top if India are unable to win the opening match of their three-match series against New Zealand which will be played the same day as the last South Africa-Bangladesh match on 22 October. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Bangladesh vs South Africa 2017-18, 1st ODI at Kimberley

If India win that match, they too will be on 121 points but ahead on decimal point calculation. However, India will have to go on to win the series against New Zealand 3-0 to retain the top spot as anything less will see South Africa regain the number one position should they win the series against Bangladesh 3-0. Meanwhile, Champions Trophy winners Pakistan will be hoping to consolidate their sixth position on the table. They presently have 95 points, nine more than their opposition, and can go up to 99 points with a 5-0 win.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka have a tough task if they hope to overtake Pakistan like they did in the Test rankings during a preceding series. Sri Lanka, who were the last side to ensure a direct qualification berth for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, will have to defeat Pakistan 5-0 to move ahead of them. JP Duminy on Test retirement: I felt I needed a different path

South Africa v Bangladesh series scenarios:

  • South Africa beats Bangladesh 3-0 South Africa 121, Bangladesh 92
  • South Africa beats Bangladesh 2-1 South Africa 119, Bangladesh 95
  • Bangladesh beats South Africa 2-1 South Africa 117, Bangladesh 97
  • Bangladesh beats South Africa 3-0 South Africa 115, Bangladesh 100

Pakistan v Sri Lanka series scenarios:

  • Pakistan beats Sri Lanka 5-0 Pakistan 99 Sri Lanka 83
  • Pakistan beats Sri Lanka 4-1 Pakistan 97, Sri Lanka 85
  • Pakistan beats Sri Lanka 3-2 Pakistan 95, Sri Lanka 86
  • Sri Lanka beats Pakistan 3-2 Pakistan 93, Sri Lanka 88
  • Sri Lanka beats Pakistan 4-1 Pakistan 91, Sri Lanka 89
  • Sri Lanka beats Pakistan 5-0 Sri Lanka 91, Pakistan 89

In the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings, South Africa boasts four batsmen in the top 20 – AB de Villiers (third), Quinton de Kock (eighth), Faf du Plessis (ninth) and Hashim Amla (11th), while leg-spinner Imran Tahir is the top-ranked bowler with pace bowler Kagiso Rabada in third position. Bangladesh s left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal is their leading batsman at 16th position while captain Mashrafe Mortaza (18th) and Shakib Al Hasan (20th) are the leading bowlers. Rabada rises to 3rd spot in ICC Test Rankings for bowlers

For Pakistan, batsman Babar Azam (sixth) and bowlers Hasan Ali (seventh) and Imad Wasim (34th) are the leading players according to the rankings, while for Sri Lanka, Kusal Mendis (32nd) and Suranga Lakmal (39th) are the leading players, but outside the top 20.

Series itinerary

Pakistan v Sri Lanka:

13 October: 1st ODI, Dubai

16 October: 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi

18 October 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi

20 October 4th ODI, Sharjah

23 October 5th ODI, Sharjah

South Africa v Bangladesh:

15 October: 1st ODI, Kimberley

18 October: 2nd ODI, Paarl

22 October 3rd ODI, East London

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 12 October, before the Pakistan v Sri Lanka series and the South Africa v Bangladesh series):

Rank Team Points

  1. India 120
  2. South Africa 119
  3. Australia 114
  4. England 114
  5. New Zealand 111
  6. Pakistan 95
  7. Bangladesh 94
  8. Sri Lanka 86
  9. West Indies 77
  10. Afghanistan 54
  11. Zimbabwe 52
  12. Ireland 41

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MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 12 October, before the Pakistan v Sri Lanka series and the South Africa v Bangladesh series):

BATTING (top 20)

Rank Player Team Points Avge Highest Rating

1 Virat Kohli Ind 877 55.13 887 v Aus at Kolkata 2017

2 David Warner Aus 865 44.94 880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017

3 AB de Villiers SA 847 53.55 902 v NZ at Auckland 2015

4 Joe Root Eng 802 50.00 808 v Win at Bristol 2017

5 Rohit Sharma Ind 790! 44.03 790 v Aus at Nagpur 2017

6 Babar Azam Pak 786*! 53.88 786 v Ind at The Oval 2017

7 Kane Williamson NZ 779 46.98 798 v SA at Centurion 2015

8 Quinton de Kock SA 769 43.44 803 v NZ at Wellington 2017

9 Faf du Plessis SA 768 43.41 791 v SL at Cape Town 2017

10 Martin Guptill NZ 749 43.30 789 v SA at Hamilton 2017

11 Hashim Amla SA 741 50.25 901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

12 MS Dhoni Ind 738 51.90 836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

13 Steve Smith Aus 728 43.23 752 v Pak at Sydney 2017

14 Shikhar Dhawan Ind 715 44.45 794 v SA at Melbourne 2015

15 Ross Taylor NZ 707 44.12 743 v Zim at Harare 2015

16 Tamim Iqbal Ban 687 34.38 688 v Aus at The Oval 2017

17 Aaron Finch Aus 674 36.56 743 v Eng at Melbourne 2015

18 Alex Hales Eng 660 37.89 705 v NZ at Cardiff 2017

19 Eoin Morgan Eng 650 38.16 690 v Aus at The Oval 2010

20 Jos Buttler Eng 649 37.38 723 v Ban at Mirpur 2016

BOWLING (top 20)

Rank Player Team Points Avge Eco. Highest Rating

1 Imran Tahir SA 718 23.87 4.66 786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017

2 Josh Hazlewood Aus 714 23.85 4.69 732 v Eng at Edgbaston 2017

3 Kagiso Rabada SA 685 26.30 5.11 724 v Eng at Lord’s 2017

4 Mitchell Starc Aus 684 20.13 4.81 783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

5 Jasprit Bumrah Ind 671* 22.10 4.75 687 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2017

6 Trent Boult NZ 665 25.48 5.00 766 v Ind at Delhi 2016

7= Akshar Patel Ind 663*! 29.88 4.36 663 v Aus at Nagpur 2017

Hasan Ali Pak 663*! 22.66 5.47 663 v Ind at The Oval 2017

9 Rashid Khan Afg 647*! 14.74 3.97 647 v Win at St Lucia 2017

10= Sunil Narine Win 646 26.46 4.12 791 v SL at Jamaica 2013

Liam Plunkett Eng 646! 30.22 5.77 646 v Win at Southampton 2017

12 Adil Rashid Eng 639 32.02 5.55 655 v Ban at Chittagong 2016

13 Chris Woakes Eng 635 31.45 5.58 651 v SA at Headingley 2017

14 B. Kumar Ind 626 36.71 4.86 657 v Win at Dharamsala 2014

15 Mohammad Nabi Afg 618 32.74 4.29 653 v Zim at Harare 2017

16 Mitchell Santner NZ 610* 33.77 4.99 617 v Ban at Dublin 2017

17 Matt Henry NZ 606 25.26 5.62 675 v Aus at Hamilton 2016

18 M. Mortaza Ban 601 30.54 4.74 653 v Zim at Mirpur 2009

19 Morne Morkel SA 596 24.48 4.94 717 v SL at East London 2012

20 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 592 29.49 4.41 717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank Player Team Points Highest Rating

1 S. Al Hasan Ban 353 453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

2 M. Hafeez Pak 339 438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

3 M. Nabi Afg 329 349 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

4 A. Mathews SL 304 427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014

5 Ben Stokes Eng 293 299 v Win at Bristol 2017