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South Africa players make rankings gains after ICC Women’s Championship win over India

Australia’s Meg Lanning becomes number-one ranked batter

South Africa players make rankings gains after ICC Women’s Championship win over India - Cricket News
South Africa’s Dane van Niekerk in action.
South Africa has moved to second place in the ICC Women’s Championship after defeating India 2-1 in the second round clash, which concluded in Bangalore on Friday. The ICC Women’s Championship is a qualifying tournament for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 with the top four sides earning automatic qualification for the event to be staged in England.
 
South Africa claimed the first spoils in the three-ODI series when it defeated India by two wickets in a game, which saw Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp claim four wickets apiece to dismiss the hosts for 114 in 38.5 overs. Number-seven batter Chloe Tryon then scored 50 as South Africa recovered from 31 for five to achieve victory with two wickets and 8.5 overs to spare. Jhulan Goswami led India’s fight back with three for 22, while Harmanpreet Kaur and Shubhlakshmi Sharma equally shared four wickets between them.
 
India bounced back in the second ODI to level the series with a six-wicket victory. Tryon continued her fine run of form with the bat when she made 49 not out as South Africa scored 186 for eight in 50 overs. For India, Shikha Pandey (three for 19) and left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht (three for 28) shared wickets. In turn, Pandey (59), Poonam Raut (47) and Kaur (42 not out) guided their side home with 32 balls and six wickets remaining.
 
In the series finale on Friday, South Africa bowled India out for 180 in 47.3 overs with Pandey finishing as the top scorer with 59. For South Africa, Sunette Loubser (three for 28) and Marcia Letsoalo (three for 46) were the pick of bowlers. In the run chase, Nadine Moodley (54) and skipper Mignon du Preez (46) put on 108 runs for the third wicket to steer South Africa to victory with four wickets and 12 balls to spare.
 
As a consequence, in the latest Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for Batters, Harmanpreet Kaur has moved up two places to a career-high fifth position, while South Africa’s Mignon du Preez has moved up two places to 18th.
 
However, the biggest movers were Chloe Tryon in 54th spot (up 60 places) and India’s Shikha Pandey 62nd position (up by 113 places).
 
Australia’s Meg Lanning has now become the number-one batter after India captain Mithali Raj dropped three places to fourth, following scores of four, six and 23.

In the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for Bowlers, South Africa bowler Dane van Niekerk has moved up seven places to a career-high eighth position, while Loubser has gained two places and is now in 11th spot, one ratings point behind team-mate and 10th ranked Shibnam Ismail, who has slipped three places.
 
Jhulan Goswami has cemented her third position and is now 17 ratings points adrift of England’s Jenny Gunn. India’s Bisht is another upward mover, nine places, to a career-high 27th place.
 
Stafanie Taylor of the West Indies leads the bowlers’ table.
 
Twenty-one-year-old van Niekerk has moved up one place to a career-high number-four in the all-rounders’ rankings, 11 ratings points and one place behind her team-mate Kapp, while West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor continues to lead the way.
 
The ICC Women’s Championship is a qualifying tournament for the ICC Women’s World Cup with the top four sides progressing to the 2017 event to be staged in England. The bottom four sides will get a final chance of qualification through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in 2017.
 
The tournament structure will see each team will play each other in one home or away series that will include three ODIs over a two and a half year period. As such, each side is guaranteed at least 21 ODIs over the tournament period.

Pakistan will play host to Sri Lanka in the third series of the second round. The series will take place in Sharjah in January. In the fourth and final series of the second round, fourth-placed England will travel to New Zealand in February with all three ODIs taking place in Mount Maunganui.

Forthcoming fixtures:

Pakistan v Sri Lanka

9 Jan – First ODI, Sharjah
11 Jan – Second ODI, Sharjah
13 Jan – Third ODI, Sharjah

New Zealand v England
11 Feb – First ODI, Mount Maunganui
13 Feb – Second ODI, Mount Maunganui
15 Feb – Third ODI, Mount Maunganui
 
Points table:
 
Teams P W L Tie N/R Points NRR
Australia 6 6 0 0 0 12 0.952
South Africa 6 3 2 0 1 7 0.334
West Indies 6 3 3 0 0 6 0.584
England 3 2 0 0 1 5 0.686
India 6 1 4 0 1 3 -0.371
Sri Lanka 3 1 1 0 1 3 -0.583
Pakistan 3 0 3 0 0 0 -1.357
New Zealand 3 0 3 0 0 0 -1.712
 
Note – two points for a win, no point for a loss and one point for a no-result
ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings:
 
The ICC Women's Championship is being contested by the following eight teams who have been seeded according to their rankings following the ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013:
1.     Australia
2.     West Indies
3.     England
4.     New Zealand
5.     Sri Lanka
6.     South Africa
7.     India
8.     Pakistan
 
Following the completion of the round-robin matches, the final standings of the points table will represent each team’s final event ranking, and the top four teams will automatically qualify for the ICC WWC 2017.

Reliance ICC Women’s Player Rankings (as on 29 November after India-South Africa series):  
Batting
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points   Ave        Highest Ranking
  1          (+1)       Meg Lanning       Aus        727*!    45.64    727 v WI at Bowral 2014
   2         (+1)       C. Edwards          Eng        723!      38.07    723 v Ind at Scarborough 2014
   3         (+1)       Sarah Taylor        Eng        707       39.71    803 v Aus at Chelmsford 2009
   4         (-3)        Mithali Raj          Ind         680       48.88    839 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004
   5         (+2)       H. Kaur                Ind         678*!    36.38    678 v SA at Bangalore 2014
   6         (-1)        Stafanie Taylor    WI         675       43.14    765 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012
   7         (-1)        Suzie Bates          NZ         651       37.20    734 v WI at Kingston 2013
   8         ( - )        Deandra Dottin    WI         594       26.98    650 v NZ at Kingston 2013
   9         ( - )        Jessica Cameron  Aus        580       37.63    660 v Pak at Brisbane 2014
  10        ( - )        Alex Blackwell    Aus        561       33.16    683 v Ind at Canberra 2008

Selected Others:
 
Rank     (+/-)      Player                  Team     Points    Ave        Highest Ranking
  18        (+2)       Mignon du Preez SA         519       32.22    540 v SL at Potchefstroom 2013
  19        (-3)        Marizanne Kapp  SA         505*     30.56    539 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014
  20        (-1)        Trisha Chetty       SA         475       29.02    531 v SL at Potchefstroom 2013
  22        ( - )        D. van Niekerk    SA         446*!    27.39    446 v Ind at Bangalore 2014
  27        ( - )        Poonam Raut       Ind         402*     26.27    466 v Eng at Lord's 2012
  37        (+2)       Smriti Mandhana Ind         373*     26.90    379 v SA at Bangalore 2014
  38        (-8)        Amita Sharma     Ind         368       16.83    505 v WI at St Kitts (WP) 2012
  45        (+4)       Jhulan Goswami  Ind         345       13.01    349 v SA at Bangalore 2014
  53        (-12)      Lizelle Lee          SA         319*     27.20    353 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014
  54        (+60)     C-L. Tryon           SA         315*     15.30    321 v Ind at Bangalore 2014
  62        (+113)   Shikha Pandey     Ind         262*!    46.33    262 v SA at Bangalore 2014
  69        (+6)       Marcia Letsoalo  SA         242*!    4.83      242 v Ind at Bangalore 2014
  70        (+1)       Sunette Loubser  SA         240*     12.75    269 v WI at Dominica 2013
  81        (+21)     V. Vanitha           Ind         202*!    17.00    202 v SA at Bangalore 2014
  89        (-9)        N. Niranjana        Ind         196*     8.00      214 v SL at Visakhapatnam 2014
  97        (-1)        Ekta Bisht            Ind         179*!    10.28    179 v SA at Bangalore 2014

Bowling
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points    Ave        Highest Ranking
   1         ( - )        Stafanie Taylor    WI         711       17.44    768 v NZ at Kingston 2013
   2         ( - )        Jenny Gunn          Eng        693!      27.00    693 v Ind at Scarborough 2014
   3         ( - )        Jhulan Goswami  Ind         676       21.05    796 v Eng at Chennai 2007
   4         ( - )        A. Mohammed    WI         655       17.66    704 v Aus at Sydney 2014
   5         ( - )        Katherine Brunt   Eng        653       21.52    796 v Ind at Mumbai 2013
   6         ( - )        Shanel Daley       WI         616       22.09    664 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014
   7         (+1)       Sana Mir              Pak        590       23.84    598 v Aus at Brisbane 2014
   8         (+7)       D. van Niekerk    SA         578*     15.48    583 v Ind at Bangalore 2014
   9         ( - )        Erin Osborne       Aus        564       25.82    581 v Eng at Melbourne 2014
  10        (-3)        Shibnam Ismail   SA         560*     18.61    595 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014

  Selected Others:
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points    Ave        Highest Ranking
  11        (+2)       Sunette Loubser  SA         559*     17.40    568 v Pak at Doha 2014
  14        (+6)       Marizanne Kapp  SA         533*!    23.60    533 v Ind at Bangalore 2014
  27        (+9)       Ekta Bisht            Ind         440*!    22.29    440 v SA at Bangalore 2014
  49        (-1)        R. Gayakwad       Ind         275*     14.80    295 v SA at Bangalore 2014
  58        (-1)        C-L. Tryon           SA         240*     22.11    272 v Pak at Doha 2014
  63        (+19)     Ayabonga Khaka SA         232*!    151.00  232 v Ind at Bangalore 2014
  70        (+3)       S. Sharma            Ind         207*!    48.42    207 v SA at Bangalore 2014
  82        (+35)     Shikha Pandey     Ind         156*     31.25    170 v SA at Bangalore 2014
  87        (+5)       H. Kaur                Ind         131*!    70.25    131 v SA at Bangalore 2014

All-rounders
 
Rank    (+/-)       Player                 Team     Points                   Highest Ranking
  1          ( - )        Stafanie Taylor    WI         480                      560 v NZ at Kingston 2013
  2          ( - )        Ellyse Perry         Aus        296!                    296 v WI at Bowral 2014
  3          ( - )        Marizanne Kapp  SA         269*/*                 273 v Ind at Bangalore 2014
  4          (+1)       D. van Niekerk    SA         258*/*!               258 v Ind at Bangalore 2014
  5          ( - )        Jhulan Goswami  Ind         233                      245 v Aus at Ahmedabad 2012
 

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