India extended its lead at the top of the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, and they are now seven points ahead of second-placed England after their exciting six-wicket victory over Australia in the series-deciding third T20I in Hyderabad. On Sunday, half centuries from Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli helped the hosts win a nail-biting last over, helping India move up one spot in the T20I team rankings to 268 overall, seven points ahead of England (261 points).
India increased their lead at the top of the charts thanks to England’s narrow loss in the fourth game of their seven-match series against Pakistan on Sunday, with Moeen Ali’s team suffering a heartbreaking three-run setback in Karachi. With three more matches to play in Lahore before the T20 World Cup in Australia next month, the series between England and Pakistan is still knotted at two games each and there are still plenty of ranking points up for grabs.
With 258 points, Pakistan is presently level with South Africa for third position in the team standings, but if they win their remaining three matches against England, they might go up as high as second. If England wins one of those games, they will keep their second-place status, while South Africa will have an opportunity to assert themselves when they play India in a three-match series starting on Wednesday.
With a total of 252 points, New Zealand is still in fifth place among T20I teams. Kane Williamson’s team will play their next match immediately before the T20 World Cup when they welcome Pakistan and Bangladesh for a tri-series at home. Following their series loss to India, sixth-placed Australia slipped one point to 250 overall. The defending T20 World Cup champions still have six matches left to play, including matchups against the West Indies, England, and India.
(source : IANS)