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Pakistan players conspire to inspire series win in Pallekele

Mathews, Karunaratne amongst Sri Lanka players to make gains

Pakistan players conspire to inspire series win in Pallekele - Cricket News
Pakistan batsman Younus Khan has climbed two places to 6th in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.
Mathews, Karunaratne amongst Sri Lanka players to make gains
 
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Pakistan’s ascent to the number-three position in the ICC Test Team Rankings by defeating Sri Lanka by seven wickets in Pallekele on Tuesday has been propelled by stellar performances by Younus Khan and debut centurion Shan Masood, who have made significant gains in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings, which were released on Wednesday morning.
 
37-year-old Younus has climbed two places to sixth in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following his player of the match innings of 171 not out to steer the visitors home and seal the series 2-1. It was Younus’ 30th Test century in 101 matches to date. In doing so, he has broken the Test record for the number of fourth-innings hundreds edging clear of an illustrious list of Sunil Gavaskar, Ricky Ponting, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Graeme Smith.
 
His match-winning third wicket partnership of 217 runs with Shan (125) was also Pakistan’s highest in Test history and enabled the 25-year-old, in his fifth Test, to leap 27 places to a career high 88th position.
 
Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed has also broken into the top 20 for the first time in his career as his 78 not out in the first innings has moved him up four places to 17th.
 
For Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, it was a bitter-sweet game as his 122 in the second innings, which was his fifth Test century, was not enough to guide his side to victory. Mathews has remained in fifth place in the rankings, 14 points behind his recently retired compatriot Kumar Sangakarra.
 
Dimuth Karunaratne’s 130 has elevated the Colombo-man nine places to a career-high 32nd, while other notable movers for the hosts were wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal (up seven places to 45th) and Upul Tharanga (up nine places to a career high 48th).
 
In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Yasir Shah of Pakistan has continued his fine recent run of form with match figures of seven wickets for 158 runs to move up four places to a career-high fourth place. The wrist spinner had started the series in 20th place and has gained 16 places, thanks to his 24 wickets in three Tests at just over 19 runs per wicket.
 
There were also career-high gains for Rahat Ali (who has moved up six places to 41st) and Imran Khan (up 19 places to 54th), as well as Sri Lanka bowlers Dhammika Prasad (up four places to 30th), Nuwan Pradeep (up nine places to 70th) and Tharindu Kaushal (up 10 places to 83rd).
 
Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan continues to hold a strong 40-point advantage over South Africa’s Vernon Philander in the ICC Player Rankings for Test All-rounders.
 
ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 8 July, following Sri Lanka-Pakistan Test series)
Batsmen
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points       Ave        HS Rating
   1          ( - )         Steven Smith       Aus        913!      56.23    913 v WI at Jamaica 2015
   2          ( - )         AB de Villiers     SA          908       52.09    935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
   3          ( - )         Hashim Amla      SA          891       52.78    907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   4          ( - )         K. Sangakkara     SL          874       58.04    938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
   5          ( - )         Angelo Mathews SL          860       51.67    877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014
   6          (+2)       Younus Khan      Pak         829       54.07    880 v SL at Lahore 2009
   7          (-1)        Joe Root               Eng        815       54.11    872 v NZ at Lord's 2015
   8          (-1)        K. Williamson     NZ          813       45.70    860 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   9          ( - )         David Warner     Aus        757       46.82    880 v Ind at Adelaide 2014
  10         ( - )         Virat Kohli          Ind         755       45.73    784 v NZ at Wellington 2014

Selected Rankings
 
Rank      (+/-)      Player                 Team     Points       Ave        HS Rating
  14         ( - )         Misbah-ul-Haq   Pak         719       48.19    842 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014
  17=      (+4)       Sarfraz Ahmed    Pak         711*     50.30    715 v SL at Galle 2015
               (-5)        Azhar Ali             Pak         711       44.06    753 v SL at Pallekele 2012
  20         (-2)        Asad Shafiq         Pak         697       42.05    746 v SL at Galle 2015
  30         (-3)        Kaushal Silva      SL          603*     36.22    638 v Pak at Colombo (PSS) 2015
  32         (+9)       D. Karunaratne   SL          596*!    36.48    596 v Pak at Pallekele 2015
  44         (-7)        Ahmed Shehzad Pak         522*     43.05    555 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2015
  45         (+7)       D. Chandimal      SL          521*     41.67    571 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
  48         (+9)       Upul Tharanga    SL          516*!    31.80    516 v Pak at Pallekele 2015
  88         (+27)     Shan Masood      Pak         329*     30.30    375 v SA at Abu Dhabi 2013

Bowlers
 
Rank      (+/-)      Player               Team     Points    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          (+4)       Yasir Shah           Pak         810*!    24.81    810 v SL at Pallekele 2015
   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          (-1)        V. Philander        SA          780       21.95    912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   8          (-1)        Rangana Herath  SL          752       30.17    851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   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     Points    Ave        HS Rating
 26         (-1)        Dilruwan Perera SL          506*     30.90    531 v Pak at Galle 2014
  30         (+4)       D. Prasad             SL          465*!    43.25    465 v Pak at Pallekele 2015
  41         (+6)       Rahat Ali             Pak         399*!    35.91    399 v SL at Pallekele 2015
 49         (-1)        Suranga Lakmal  SL          349*     49.56    363 v NZ at Wellington 2015
  54         (+19)     Imran Khan         Pak         312*!    29.57    312 v SL at Pallekele 2015
  70         (+9)       Nuwan Pradeep  SL          242*!    52.61    242 v Pak at Pallekele 2015
  83         (+10)     T. Kaushal           SL          180*!    46.81    180 v Pak at Pallekele 2015

All-rounders
 
Rank      (+/-)      Player                  Team     Points    HS 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 playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.
 
!indicates career-highest rating
 

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