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Pakistan players on the march after Galle win

Yasir, Sarfraz, Shafiq and Wahab amongst players to reach career high Test rankings

Pakistan players on the march after Galle win - Cricket News
Pakistan cricketer Yasir Shah celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lankan cricketer Rangana Herath.
A career best bowling performance by Yasir Shah inspired Pakistan to a 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test which concluded in Galle on Sunday.

The 29-year-old leg-spinner, playing in what was only his eighth Test, claimed match figures of nine wickets for 155 runs to move up six places to 14th in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers as Misbah-ul-Haq’s men produced a fine all-round display over Angelo Mathews’ side. There was also a positive rankings gain for Yasir’s team-mate Wahab Riaz, who took five for 120 in the match, to move up 11 places to 41st in the process. For Sri Lanka, Dilruwan Perera has moved up three places to 25th after the off-spinner claimed match figures of four for 153, while Dhammika Prasad claimed three for 101 to vault four places to a career high 52nd.
 
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, Pakistan’s Younus Khan as moved up one place to fifth after scoring 47 but the biggest mover from the match was his team-mate Asad Shafiq whose 131, in scoring his seventh Test century, boosted him seven places to 12th. Wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed’s first innings score of 96 moved him up five places to a career high 16th, though, conversely, Azhar Ali has fallen six places to 19th. Several Sri Lanka batsmen also enjoyed significant gains with Kaushal Silva (up eight places to a career high 33rd following scores of 125 and 5), Dinesh Chandimal (up two places to 47th) and Dimuth Karunaratne (up eight places to 49th to break into the top 50 for the first time in his career) leading the way.
 
Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan continues to lead the all-rounder rankings on 381 points and he holds a 40 point lead over South Africa’s Vernon Philander.
 
The action moved to Colombo on Thursday with Sri Lanka bidding to square the three-match series, while Pakistan has a chance to win the series.


The Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings predictor function is available here. The Test rankings table, unlike the ODI & T20I tables, is updated after the series.
 
Forthcoming Tests:
 
Sri Lanka v Pakistan
25-29 June – 2nd Test, Colombo
3-7 July – 3rd Test, Kandy
Reliance ICC Test Championship table (as on 21 June, after first Test between Sri Lanka-Pakistan)
 
Rank   Team              Points
1          South Africa   130
2          Australia         111
3          New Zealand   99
4          India                97
5          England           97
6          Pakistan           97
7          Sri Lanka         96
8          West Indies     81
9          Bangladesh     41
10        Zimbabwe       5
 
Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 21 June, after first Test between Sri Lanka-Pakistan)
 
Batsmen (top 10)
 
Rank     (+/-)         Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating
  1            ( - )          Steven Smith        Aus         913!       56.23     913 v WI at Jamaica 2015
   2           (+1)         AB de Villiers        SA           908        52.09     935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
   3           (-1)          K. Sangakkara     SL           899        58.43     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
   4           ( - )          Hashim Amla       SA           891        52.78     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   5           (+1)         Younus Khan       Pak         834        53.71     880 v SL at Lahore 2009
   6           (+1)         Joe Root                Eng         815        54.11     872 v NZ at Lord's 2015
   7           (+1)         Kane Williamson NZ          813        45.70     860 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   8           (-3)          Angelo Mathews  SL           802        50.26     877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014
   9=        ( - )          Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak         757        48.82     842 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014
                (+1)         David Warner       Aus         757        46.82     880 v Ind at Adelaide 2014
Selected rankings
 
Rank     (+/-)      Player                  Team             Pts         Ave        HS Rating
  12         (+7)         Asad Shafiq          Pak         746!       43.66     746 v SL at Galle 2015
  16         (+5)         Sarfraz Ahmed    Pak         715*!    49.95     715 v SL at Galle 2015
  19         (-6)          Azhar Ali               Pak         709        43.73     753 v SL at Pallekele 2012
  33         (+8)         Kaushal Silva       SL           583*!    36.75     583 v Pak at Galle 2015
  34         (-1)          M. Hafeez             Pak         580        39.45     609 v Ban at Khulna 2015
  38         (+2)         Ahmed Shehzad  Pak         546*      48.12     554 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014
  47         (+2)         D. Chandimal       SL           508*      43.00     571 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
  49         (+8)         D. Karunaratne    SL           502*!    34.00     502 v Pak at Galle 2015
  78         (+6)         L. Thirimanne      SL           362*!    26.65     362 v Pak at Galle 2015


Bowlers (top 10)
 
Rank     (+/-)      Player                       Team        Pts         Ave        HS Rating
   1           ( - )          Dale Steyn            SA           905        22.55     909 v WI at Centurion 2014
   2           ( - )          James Anderson  Eng         824        29.42     847 v WI at Barbados 2015
   3           ( - )          Trent Boult           NZ          814        27.12     825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   4           ( - )          Ryan Harris          Aus         810        23.52     870 v SA at Cape Town 2014
   5           (+1)         M. Johnson           Aus         803        27.58     849 v Pak at Dubai 2014
   6           (+1)         Stuart Broad         Eng         782        29.77     783 v WI at Lord's 2012
   7=        (-2)          Rangana Herath  SL           780        29.95     851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
                (+1)         V. Philander          SA           780        21.95     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   9           ( - )          Morne Morkel      SA           727        29.35     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
  10         ( - )          Tim Southee         NZ          713        31.63     799 v WI at Jamaica 2014


Selected rankings
 
Rank     (+/-)         Player                  Team      Pts         Ave        HS Rating
  14         (+6)         Yasir Shah            Pak         667*!    26.19     667 v SL at Galle 2015
 19         (-4)          Junaid Khan         Pak         589*      30.48     652 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014
  25         (+3)         Dilruwan Perera   SL           516*      30.90     531 v Pak at Galle 2014
  33         (+3)         Zulfiqar Babar     Pak         454*      36.17     501 v NZ at Dubai 2014
  35         ( - )          M. Hafeez             Pak         432*!    33.80     432 v SL at Galle 2015
  41         (+11)      Wahab Riaz         Pak         389*!    31.51     389 v SL at Galle 2015
  52         (+4)         D. Prasad               SL           330*!    48.20     330 v Pak at Galle 2015


All-rounders
 
Rank     (+/-)         Player                  Team       Pts         S Rating
   1           ( - )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        381        419 v Zim at Khulna 2014
   2           ( - )          V. Philander          SA           341*/    376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
   3           ( - )          R. Ashwin              Ind          336*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013
   4           ( - )          M. Johnson           Aus         283        384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009
   5           ( - )          Stuart Broad         Eng         267        382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012


*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after a minimum of 40 started innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has conceded 1,500 runs.
!indicates career-highest rating
 
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