Chance for South Africa to topple India from No. 1

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Published: Saturday, March 9, 2013, 13:17 [IST]
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Chance for South Africa to topple India

Dubai, Mar 9: South Africa enter the five-match ODI series against Pakistan at Bloemfontein on Sunday March 10 with an opportunity to reclaim the number-one ranking on the ICC ODI Championship Table.

South Africa are currently in fourth position but can leapfrog India, England and Australia if they win all five matches of the series. If the Proteas achieve this series result, then the side will win the ODI Shield as well as US$175,000 as the top three sides have no ODIs scheduled before the 1 April cut-off date and South Africa's position will be assured.

South Africa have previously won the ODI Shield twice, firstly when it finished as the number-one ranked ODI side in 2008 and then again in 2009.

If South Africa win the series 4-1, then they will move ahead of England into second position and will collect a cheque of US$75,000 to compliment the prestigious mace and US$450,000 which it has already won by sealing the number-one position on the Reliance ICC Test Championship table.

In contrast, sixth-ranked Pakistan can move to as high as fourth. But for this to happen, it will have to win all five ODIs of the series. If Pakistan blanks out South Africa, then it will jump from 107 ratings points to 114 ratings points, while South Africa will drop 10 ratings points and plummet to 102 ratings points.

If Pakistan beat South Africa 3-2, then both sides will be locked at 109 ratings points, but South Africa will be ranked above Pakistan when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

ICC ODI Rankings (As of March 9, 2013)

Rank Team Rating

1 India 119

2 England 117

3 Australia 116

4 South Africa 112

5 Sri Lanka 110

6 Pakistan 107

7 West Indies 86

8 New Zealand 82

9 Bangladesh 78

10 Zimbabwe 47

11 Ireland 35

12 Netherlands 16

13 Kenya 11


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