If Pakistan wins the matches, to be played on Wednesday and Friday, it will join Sri Lanka on 128 ratings points
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Pakistan and South Africa go head-to-head in a two-match Twenty20 International series with an opportunity to improve on their currently rankings in the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings Table.
Pakistan currently sits in second position, three ratings points behind Sri Lanka while South Africa is in fifth position – two ratings points behind ICC World Twenty20 champion and fourth-ranked West Indies.
Any side that sweeps the series will make an upward movement.
If Pakistan wins the matches, to be played on Wednesday and Friday, it will join Sri Lanka on 128 ratings points but will be ranked above Dinesh Chandimal’ s side when ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point. In sharp contrast, if South Africa wins the matches, then it will join India on 123 ratings points but Faf du Plessis’ men will be ranked below Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side by a fraction of a point in third position.
In case of a drawn series, both the sides will retain their pre-series ratings and rankings.
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I batsmen, South Africa’s JP Duminy in 12th position is the highest-ranked batsman on either side. In the Reliance ICC Player Ranking for T20I bowlers, Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal is in second spot but trails number-one ranked Sunil Narine by 96 ratings point with team-mate Mohammad Hafeez another 32 ratings points behind.
Hafeez, who leads Pakistan in the shortest format of the game, is the second ranked all-rounder in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I all-rounders with Australia’s Shane Watson firmly within his sights.
Pakistan v South Africa
13 November: 1st T20I, Dubai (d/n)
15 November: 2nd T20I, Dubai (d/n)
Reliance ICC T20I Rankings (as of 12 November, before Pakistan-South Africa T20I series and before the start of ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013)
Rank Team Rating
1 Sri Lanka 128
2 Pakistan 125
3 India 123
4 West Indies 120
5 South Africa 118
6 England 112
7 New Zealand 103
8 Australia 102
9 Ireland 81
10 Afghanistan 78
11 Bangladesh 72
12 Scotland 62
13 Zimbabwe 46
14 Kenya 41
15 Netherlands 36
Not ranked as fewer than eight T20I matches played since August 2010: