Lankans to avoid Champions Trophy prelims

Published: Monday, February 27, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
Share this on your social network:
   Facebook Twitter Google+    Comments Mail

Dubai:Sri Lanka's shocking loss to Bangladesh in the second match of the three-match ODI series, which they ultimately won 2-1, means they are now well and truly running out of time to avoid playing in the preliminary round of this year's ICC Champions Trophy in India.

Sri Lanka's unexpected loss against Habibul Bashar's side has prevented them from earning enough rating points to move above England and into the top six positions in the LG ICC ODI Championship table.

They now have just three more matches, against Pakistan next month, to achieve that placing and if they cannot then they will play off against the other sides in the bottom four positions of the table for the right to take part in the second round of the tournament.

But there was still some individual success for them to savour as Kumar Sangakkara has surged into the third place in the ODI batting rankings.

Sangakkara's excellent form, including 109 in the last match of the series in Chittagong, has drawn him level in that third position with India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni and only Australia's Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Pointing are now above him.

The wicketkeeper-batsman, who made more runs (182) than any other player from either side in the series has his best-ever haul of rating points.

It also means three of the top four players in that batting list are also wicketkeepers.

Atapattu is the only other Sri Lankan batsman in the top 20 (20th) down three places, after being rested for the series.

Sanath Jayasuriya is moving up the list again, heading up two places to joint 22nd, while Mahela Jayawardene, captain in Atapattu's absence in Bangladesh, is holding steady in 28th position.

Mohammad Ashraful is Bangladesh's, highest-placed batsman in the rankings, in joint 57th place, with Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan, while further down the list is Aftab Ahmed, man of the match in Bangladesh's win, in 76th spot.

With the ball, Sri Lanka's rested duo of Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas both drop down two places each, to seventh and eighth places respectively in the rankings for bowlers, a list that is led by South Africa's Shaun Pollock ahead of his country's ODI series with Australia.

Vaas's absence gave Farveez Maharoof the chance to impress and he took that chance with both hands, moving up 11 places to 35th in the list.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's success in the first three matches of their five-game series against the West Indies have lifted them into third place in the table, ahead of Pakistan, and if they keep winning and results in South Africa go their way they could soon be second behind Australia. A 5-0 success for Stephen Fleming's line-up would lift them to 116 rating points and if Australia win their series against South Africa 4-1 that would be enough to drop the proteas to 115 points and third in the table.

New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond has moved into the top five in the rankings for bowlers for the first time in his career.

Bond has fought back from a serious back injury to get to that position and by rising five places through the course of the first three matches against the West Indies he is now in fourth place with his best-ever haul of rating points.

It means New Zealand now have two bowlers in the top five places with left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori in fifth position.

The contrast with the West Indies' bowling resources is abvious.

Left-arm seamer Ian Bradshaw has moved up seven places to 14th and has his best-ever haul of rating points but they have no other player in the top 25 in that bowling list.

New Zealand's highest-placed batsman is Fleming in 29th position but one spot behind him is Nathan Astle, now back in the top 30 for the first time for almost three years.

LG ICC ODI Rankings (Top 10 Teams) Team Rating 1. Australia 133 2. South Africa 118 3. New Zealand 114 4. India 113 5. Pakistan 112 6. England 108 7. Sri Lanka 107 8. West Indies 87 9. Zimbabwe 41 10. Bangladesh 17

LG ICC ODI Rankings (Top 10 Batsmen) 1. Adam Gilchrist (AUS) 2. Ricky Ponting (AUS) 3. Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 4. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (IND) 5. Andrew Symonds (AUS) 6. Michael Clarke (AUS) 7. Graeme Smith (SA) 8. Mike Hussey (AUS) 9. Yuvraj Singh (IND) 10. Rahul Dravid (IND)

LG ICC ODI Rankings (Top 10 Bowlers) 1. Shaun Pollock (SA) 2. Brett Lee (AUS) 3. Glenn McGrath (AUS) 4. Shane Bond (NZ) 5. Daniel Vettori (NZ) 6. Irfan Pathan (IND) 7. Muttiah Muralitharan (SL) 8. Chaminda Vaas (SL) 9. Rana Naved-ul-Hasan (PAK) 10. Steve Harmison (ENG)

LG ICC ODI Rankings (Top 5 Allrounders) 1. Andrew Flintoff (ENG) 2. Shaun Pollock (SA) 3. Andrew Symonds (AUS) 4. Irfan Pathan (IND) 5. Shoaib Malik (PAK)

Write Comments