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India likely to get big promotion in ODI ranking

Published: Monday, November 14, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Dubai:Having closed in on their rivals with a crushing 6-1 success against Sri Lanka, Rahul Dravid's India would be looking to waltz past them in the ICC ODI team rankings with a repeat performance against South Africa in the upcoming limited-overs series.

The series success at home against Sri Lanka has pushed India's rating to 107 points, just one point behind sixth-placed New Zealand and only two behind Sri Lanka and England, who occupy fourth and fifth spots on the table respectively.

A clean sweep of their next engagement, a five-match series against South Africa starting in Hyderabad on Wednesday, would lift them to 114 points, overtaking all the above mentioned sides as well as the African nation (who would slip to 110 points), and into third place with only Pakistan and Australia ahead of them.

A 4-1 success for India would raise their rating to 112 points and cut South Africa's to 113, while even a 3-2 success for the home team would take them above New Zealand, England and Sri Lanka, to 110 points (South Africa would drop to 117).

For South Africa, a 3-2 success would see them maintain their current rating of 120 (under that scenario India would rise by one point to 108), a 4-1 win would lift them to 123 points (India would slip to 106) and a 5-0 clean sweep would take Graeme Smith's side to 127 points (India 103), just nine points short of leaders Australia.

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