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Opportunity for Pakistan to top T20I rankings

Pakistan will move to number one spot in T20I rankings if they win the series against Sri Lanka 2-0

Opportunity for Pakistan to top T20I rankings - Cricket News
If Pakistan wins the series 2-0, then Mohammad Hafeez’ side will earn four ratings points.
Sri Lanka will defend its number-one ranking on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings when it takes on Pakistan in a two-match series at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai Sports City, on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka has remained in the number-one position since 8 October 2012 following the ICC World Twenty20 2012, where it reached the final. It leads fourth-ranked Pakistan by eight ratings points.

However, this will change if Pakistan manages to win both T20Is.

If Pakistan wins the series 2-0, then Mohammad Hafeez’ side will earn four ratings points while Dinesh Chandimal’s side will drop six ratings points. This swing will mean Pakistan will jump to the number-one position on 125 ratings points and Sri Lanka will join India and South Africa on 123 ratings points, but will be ranked above those sides when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

However, if the series result is reversed, then Sri Lanka will retain the number-one spot, and move to 133 ratings points while Pakistan will drop behind the West Indies into fifth position on 118 ratings points. If the series ends in a one-all draw, Sri Lanka will finish in the number-one spot on 128 ratings points and Pakistan will stay in fourth position on 121 ratings points. 

Meanwhile, only two batsmen from either side feature in the top 20 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen. These are Tillakaratne Dilshan (12th), Kumar Sangakkara (16th) (both Sri Lanka), Mohammad Hafeez (19th) and Umar Akmal (20th) (both Pakistan).

Pakistan and Sri Lanka bowlers dominate the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I Bowlers with Saeed Ajmal second, Ajantha Mendis third and Hafeez fourth. Outside the top 10 are Nuwan Kulasekara (11th), Shahid Afridi (12th), Angelo Mathews (18th) and Lasith Malinga (19th). Sohail Tanvir is in 26th position and will be aiming to break into the top 20.

Hafeez in second position is the highest-ranked player on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I All-rounders while Afridi is in fifth position. Hafeez trails Australia’s Shane Watson by 10 ratings points and can potentially top the rankings if he performs well with both bat and ball.

Mathews in 10th position is Sri Lanka’s highest-ranked all-rounder.

The T20I team and player rankings will next be updated at the conclusion of the series on Saturday.

Reliance ICC T20I Rankings (as of 10 December, after Pakistan-Afghanistan T20I and before Pakistan-Sri Lanka T20I series)
Rank   Team               Rating
1          Sri Lanka         129
2          India                123
3          South Africa    123
4          Pakistan           121
5          West Indies      120
6          England           112
7          Australia          102
8          New Zealand   102
9          Ireland             87
10        Bangladesh      72
11        Afghanistan     70
12        Netherlands     56
13        Scotland           50
14        Zimbabwe        46
15        Kenya              42
16        Canada            2
      
(Developed by David Kendix)
 
Reliance ICC T20I Rankings (as of 9 December, after Pakistan v Afghanistan T20I)
Batsmen
 
Rank   Player             Team   Pts       Ave      HS Rating
  1       Alex Hales       Eng      842!    39.11  842 v Aus at Durham 2013
   2       B.McCullum    NZ       786      35.50  849 v Ban at Pallekele 2012
   3       Virat Kohli       Ind       749*!  34.52  749 v Aus at Rajkot 2013
   4       Shane Watson  Aus      729      29.42  832 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012
   5       David Warner  Aus      728      28.63  826 v WI at St Lucia 2010
 
Selected Rankings
 
Rank   Player             Team   Pts       Ave      HS Rating
12       T.Dilshan         SL        684      30.78  802 v NZ at Colombo (RPS)
16       K.Sangakkara  SL        656      32.37  763 v WI at Barbados 2010
19       M.Hafeez         Pak      642      25.76  643 v SA at Centurion 2013
  20      Umar Akmal    Pak      623      28.63  709 v Zim at Harare 2011
  21      A.Shehzad       Pak      601*   27.15  634 v Zim at Harare 2013
  41      Shahid Afridi   Pak      455      18.09  537 v SA at Abu Dhabi 2010
  51      Kusal Perera    SL        395*!  28.85  395 v NZ at Pallekele 2013
  53      A.Mathews      SL        391*   24.90  412 v Ban at Pallekele 2013
  79      Thisara Perera  SL        302*   26.45  308 v SA at Hambantota 2013
 
Bowlers
 
Rank   Player             Team   Pts       Ave      HS Rating
  1        Sunil Narine     WI       817!    16.75  817 v Pak at St. Vincent 2013
   2       Saeed Ajmal    Pak      708      17.12  788 v NZ at Pallekele 2012
   3       Ajantha Mendis           SL        686      12.96  762 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2012
   4       M.Hafeez         Pak      679      21.34  689 v Zim at Harare 2013
   5       Steven Finn      Eng      667!    19.48  667 v Aus at Durham 2013
 
Selected Rankings
 
Rank    Player               Team      Pts           Ave      HS Rating
  11      N.Kulasekara   SL        651      24.70  676 v Aus at Melbourne 2013
  12      Shahid Afridi   Pak      649      22.19  814 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009
  18      A. Mathews     SL        618      26.44  645 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2013
  19      Lasith Malinga SL        614      22.82  680 v Eng at Bristol 2011
  26      Sohail Tanvir   Pak      572      28.50  578 v SA at Dubai 2013
  73      Thisara Perera  SL        400*   26.05  407 v Ban at Pallekele 2013
  
All-rounders
Rank               Player             Team   Pts       HS Rating
   1       Shane Watson  Aus      446     557 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012
   2       M.Hafeez         Pak      436     440 v Zim at Harare 2013
   3       Yuvraj Singh    Ind       363 /*!            363 v Aus at Rajkot 2013
   4       S. Al Hasan      Ban      337*/ 350 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013
   5       Shahid Afridi   Pak      295     413 v NZ at Dubai 2009
 
 

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