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Pakistan rises to eighth position in ODI rankings after series win in Sri Lanka

Hafeez, Shehzad and Azhar ascend batting rankings; Dilshan reaches 10,000 run landmark as Senanayake climbs bowling rankings

Pakistan rises to eighth position in ODI rankings after series win in Sri Lanka - Cricket News
Pakistan has advanced to 90 points, two ahead of the West Indies, and now has seventh-placed Bangladesh firmly in its sights.
Pakistan has moved into eighth position in the ICC ODI Team Rankings after its 3-2 series victory in Sri Lanka in the five-match series which concluded in Hambantota on Sunday. Azhar Ali’s men have advanced to 90 points, two ahead of the West Indies, and now has seventh-placed Bangladesh firmly in its sights.
 
As a consequence of the series defeat, Sri Lanka remains in fifth place but has dropped three rankings points which means that sixth-placed England has an opportunity to gain ground on Angelo Mathews’ men when it faces Australia in a five-match ODI series from September 3-13.
 
Mohammad Hafeez was the highest run-getter in the series and his tally of 273 runs in five games (including a highest score of 103, as well as innings of 70 and 54) has propelled the 34-year-old three places to 29th in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen. There were also notable gains for his team-mates Ahmed Shehzad (up five places to 30th) and skipper Azhar (up eight places to a career high 42nd).
 
Despite scoring two half centuries in the final two games of the series, and in doing so passing the landmark 10,000 run mark in his 319th ODI on Sunday, which the hosts won by 165 runs, Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan has dropped one place to sixth on 781 points and is now five points behind Black Caps’ Kane Williamson. Mathews has also dropped down to 21st place, however there were positive movements for Lahiru Thirimanne (up three places to 36th) and Kusal Perera (up nine places to a career high 64th).
 
The top 10 remains unchanged which means that South Africa’s AB de Villiers remains in first position on 889 points.

In the ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers, the top 10 remains unchanged though Pakistan’s Mohammad Irfan has improved his ranking by a place and is now level with his team-mate Mohammad Hafeez in 16thplace after claiming four wickets in the series for 257 runs. Another upward mover for the visitors in the aftermath of the series was Yasir Shah who has vaulted 44 places to a career high 97th.
 
For Sri Lanka, Sachithra Senanayake’s three for 39 in his solitary outing on Sunday has helped him move up three places to 18th, while Thisara Perera has moved up seven places to 75th.
 
Shakib retains his number one spot in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI All-rounders on 418 points, but he has extended his lead to 39 points over Dilshan who is four points ahead of his team-mate Mathews. Hafeez lies in fourth place on 368 points.
 
In the next ODI series, Zimbabwe will host third-placed New Zealand with the first of three ODIs due to start in Harare on 2 August.

Forthcoming matches:
 
Zimbabwe v New Zealand
2 Aug – First ODI, Harare
4 Aug – Second ODI, Harare
7 Aug – Third ODI, Harare
 
ICC ODI Championship table (as on 27 July, after Sri Lanka-Pakistan series):
 
Rank   Team             Points
1          Australia          129
2          India                115
3          New Zealand   112
4          South Africa    109
5          Sri Lanka         103
6          England            98
7          Bangladesh       96
8          Pakistan           90
9          West Indies      88
10        Ireland             50
11        Zimbabwe       43
12        Afghanistan     41
 
(Developed by David Kendix)
 
ICC ODI PLAYER RANKINGS (as on 27 July, after Sri Lanka-Pakistan series):
 
Batsmen (top 10)
 
Rank    (+/-)      Player               Team       Pts         Ave        HS Rating
   1           ( - )          AB de Villiers        SA           889        53.65     902 v NZ at Auckland 2015
   2           ( - )          K. Sangakkara     SL           839        41.98     861 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   3           ( - )          Hashim Amla       SA           806        54.17     901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
   4           ( - )          Virat Kohli            Ind          790        50.66     886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014
   5           (+1)         K. Williamson       NZ          786        47.41     789 v Aus at Auckland 2015
   6           (-1)          T. Dilshan              SL           781        39.71     802 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   7           ( - )          S. Dhawan            Ind          765        44.41     794 v SA at Melbourne 2015
   8           ( - )          Ross Taylor          NZ          732        43.03     736 v Eng at Southampton 2015
   9           ( - )          MS Dhoni              Ind          723        52.24     836 v Aus at Delhi 2009
  10         ( - )          Glenn Maxwell     Aus         720        35.05     724 v Pak at Adelaide 2015

Selected rankings
 
Rank     (+/-)     Player                  Team    Pts         Ave        HS Rating
  21         (-1)          A. Mathews          SL           646        39.94     707 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
  29         (+3)         M. Hafeez             Pak         616        31.87     665 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
  30         (+5)         Ahmed Shehzad  Pak         610        35.18     670 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
  36         (+3)         L. Thirimanne      SL           586        33.92     590 v Eng at Wellington 2015
  42         (+8)         Azhar Ali               Pak         562*!    50.22     562 v SL at Hambantota 2015
  64         (+9)         Kusal Perera         SL           503!       25.48     503 v Pak at Hambantota 2015
  81         (+16)      Sarfraz Ahmed    Pak         458*!    28.93     458 v SL at Hambantota 2015
  88         (+5)         Shoaib Malik        Pak         432        33.88     685 v Ind at Lahore 2006

Bowlers (top 10)
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player              Team       Pts          Ave                      HS Rating
   1           ( - )          Mitchell Starc       Aus         783!       18.33     4.70       783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
   2           ( - )          Trent Boult           NZ          727*      24.08     4.64       738 v Eng at The Oval 2015
   3           ( - )          Sunil Narine          WI          709        26.49     4.10       791 v SL at Jamaica 2013
   4           ( - )          Dale Steyn            SA           706        25.57     4.81       746 v Ind at Durban 2013
   5           ( - )          Imran Tahir          SA           704        21.54     4.40       735 v SL at Sydney 2015
   6           ( - )          M. Johnson           Aus         693        25.26     4.83       724 v Ban at Darwin 2008
   7           ( - )          S. Al Hasan           Ban        690        28.35     4.30       717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   8           ( - )          Saeed Ajmal         Pak         665        22.73     4.18       810 v SA at Centurion 2013
   9           ( - )          James Anderson  Eng         650        29.22     4.92       719 v SA at The Oval 2013
  10         ( - )          Morne Morkel      SA           646        24.19     4.92       717 v SL at East London 2012

Selected rankings
 
Rank     (+/-)         Player             Team      Pts         Ave                         HS Rating
  16=       ( - )          M. Hafeez             Pak         598        34.86     4.10       769 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
                (+1)         M. Irfan                 Pak         598        31.13     4.92       641 v UAE at Napier 2015
  18         (+3)         S. Senanayake     SL           595        34.65     4.74       656 v NZ at Christchurch 2015
  20         (-2)          Angelo Mathews  SL           581        35.01     4.58       649 v Ind at Trinidad 2013
 33         (-5)          Lasith Malinga     SL           535        27.79     5.26       675 v Ban at Colombo (RPS) 2007
  37         (-3)          Suranga Lakmal  SL           513        31.07     5.56       547 v Ban at Melbourne 2015
  50         (-10)       T. Dilshan              SL           485        44.20     4.85       529 v NZ at Hamilton 2015
  75         (+7)         Thisara Perera      SL           424        31.40     5.71       610 v Ind at Colombo (RPS) 2012
  97         (+44)      Yasir Shah            Pak         379*!    43.50     5.30       379 v SL at Hambantota 2015


All-rounders
 
Rank     (+/-)      Player              Team        Pts         HS Rating
   1           ( - )          S. Al Hasan           Ban        418        453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   2           ( - )          T. Dilshan              SL           379        415 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   3           ( - )          A. Mathews          SL           375        427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
   4           ( - )          M. Hafeez             Pak         368        438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
   5           ( - )          James Faulkner    Aus         361*/!   361 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

*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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