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Chance for Sri Lanka to seal direct place in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Sri Lanka
The five-match ODI series against India begins on August 20

Sri Lanka will by eyeing the chance to seal direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in an upcoming five-match home series against India which commences in Dambulla on Sunday.

The 1996 World champions will have to win at least two matches to secure a place in the pinnacle 50-over competition by staving off the challenge from the West Indies. The cut-off date for direct qualification is 30 September.

Sri Lanka is currently placed eighth with 88 points, 10 points more than the West Indies, which has an unenviable task in its aim of being among the seven top-ranked sides apart from host England to gain direct qualification.

The bottom four sides on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings will need to play a Qualifying event also featuring the top four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and top two sides from the ICC World Cricket League. The top two teams from this event will get to play in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Winning two matches will take Sri Lanka to 90 points while the Windies side will at best reach 88 points even if it wins its one-off ODI against Ireland on 13 September as well as all five matches of its series in England from 19-29 September.

However, a 4-1 win for India will see Sri Lanka finish at 88 points and The Windies could edge it on decimal points if it wins all its upcoming six matches. The Windies side will go out of contention if it loses to Ireland as from there it will at best reach 86 points and remain behind Sri Lanka on decimal points, even if Sri Lanka loses 5-0 to India.

As for India, which is in third position with 114 points, only a 4-1 series win will ensure it stays ahead of England. Even a 3-2 win for India will mean it will slip to 113 points and behind England on decimal points owing to Sri Lanka’s low ranking.

Series scenarios:
India wins 5-0 – India 117 points; Sri lanka 86 points.
India wins 4-1 – India 115 points, Sri Lanka 88 points.
India wins 3-2 – India 113 points, Sri Lanka 90 points.
Sri Lanka wins 3-2 – India 111 points, Sri Lanka 91 points.
Sri Lanka wins 4-1 – India 109 points, Sri Lanka 93 points.
Sri Lanka wins 5-0 – India 106 points, Sri Lanka 94 points.

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Virat Kohli leads the Men's ODI batting rankings with 873 points ahead of the Sri Lanka series.
Virat Kohli leads the Men's ODI batting rankings with 873 points ahead of the Sri Lanka series.

As for the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings, India captain Virat Kohli goes into the series as the world’s top-ranked ODI batsman with 873 points and a chance to increase his 12-point lead over Australia’s David Warner.

Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (12th), Shikhar Dhawan (13th) and vice-captain Rohit Sharma (14th) are the other leading India batsmen while pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar (13th), left-arm spinner Akshar Patel (20th) and Jasprit Bumrah (31st) are the leading bowlers in the side.

For Sri Lanka, all-rounder Angelo Mathews is the leading player among batsmen (27th) as well as bowlers (53rd) and the only all-rounder in the series among the top-five. Kusal Mendis (30th), Niroshan Dickwella (38th) and captain Upul Tharanga (64th) are its other leading batsmen.

India v Sri Lanka series schedule:

20 Aug – 1st ODI, Dambulla
24 Aug – 2nd ODI, Pallekele
27 Aug – 3rd ODI, Pallekele
31 Aug – 4th ODI, Colombo
3 Sep – 5th ODI, Colombo

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 18 August, before the India v Sri Lanka series):

Rank    Team               Points

  1. South Africa 119
  2. Australia 117
  3. India 114
  4. England 113
  5. New Zealand 111
  6. Pakistan 95
  7. Bangladesh 94
  8. Sri Lanka 88
  9. West Indies 78
  10. Afghanistan 54
  11. Zimbabwe 52
  12. Ireland 41

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 18 August, before the India v Sri Lanka series):

BATTING (top 10)

Rank      Player                  Team     Points   Avge     Highest Rating

   1         Virat Kohli            Ind         873        54.68    886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014

   2         David Warner       Aus        861        44.72    880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017

   3         AB de Villiers       SA          847        53.55    902 v NZ at Auckland 2015

   4         Joe Root              Eng        799        49.37    806 v NZ at Cardiff 2017

   5         Babar Azam         Pak        786*!     53.88    786 v Ind at The Oval 2017

   6         Kane Williamson  NZ          779        46.98    798 v SA at Centurion 2015

   7         Quinton de Kock  SA          769        43.44    803 v NZ at Wellington 2017

   8         Faf du Plessis      SA          768        43.41    791 v SL at Cape Town 2017

   9         Martin Guptill        NZ          749        43.30    789 v SA at Hamilton 2017

  10        Hashim Amla       SA          741        50.25    901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

OTHER SELECTED RANKINGS

Rank      Player                  Team     Points  Avge     Highest Rating

  12        MS Dhoni             Ind         728        51.32    836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

  13        Shikhar Dhawan  Ind         725        43.76    794 v SA at Melbourne 2015

  14        Rohit Sharma       Ind         724       42.46    761 v Aus at Sydney 2016

  23        Ajinkya Rahane    Ind         631!      34.77    631 v WI at Jamaica 2017

  27        Angelo Mathews  SL          611        40.68    707 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014

  30        Kusal Mendis       SL          602*      36.23    631 v Zim at Galle 2017

  38        N. Dickwella         SL          568*      42.61    590 v Zim at Hambantota 2017

  44        Kedar Jadhav       Ind         560*      56.50    571 v WI at Antigua 2017

  54        D. Chandimal       SL          523        33.44    667 v Aus at Adelaide 2012

  64        Upul Tharanga     SL          497        33.43    663 v NZ at Napier 2006

  70        D. Gunathilaka     SL          483*!     33.28    483 v Zim at Hambantota 2017

BOWLING (top 10)

Rank      Player                  Team     Points   Avge     Eco.      Highest Rating

   1         J. Hazlewood       Aus        732!      23.85    4.69      732 v Eng at Edgbaston 2017

   2         Imran Tahir          SA          718        23.87    4.66      786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017

   3         Mitchell Starc       Aus        701        20.13    4.81      783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

   4         Kagiso Rabada    SA          685        26.30    5.11      724 v Eng at Lord's 2017

   5         Trent Boult           NZ          665        25.48    5.00      766 v Ind at Delhi 2016

   6         Hasan Ali             Pak        663*!     22.66    5.47      663 v Ind at The Oval 2017

   7         Sunil Narine         WI          662        26.46    4.12      791 v SL at Jamaica 2013

   8         Rashid Khan        Afg         647*!     14.74    3.97      647 v WI at St Lucia 2017

   9         Chris Woakes      Eng        627        31.60    5.58      651 v SA at Headingley 2017

  10        M. Nabi               Afg       618           32.74       4.29         653 v Zim at Harare 2017

OTHER SELECTED RANKINGS

Rank      (+/-)        Player                  Team     Points   Avge      Eco.       Highest Rating

  13        B. Kumar              Ind         608        37.74    4.88      657 v WI at Dharamsala 2014

  20=      Akshar Patel        Ind         585*      30.20    4.38      624 v NZ at Visakhapatnam 2016

  31        Jasprit Bumrah     Ind         551*      26.42    4.92      565 v Pak at The Oval 2017

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank      Player                  Team     Points   Highest Rating

   1         S. Al Hasan          Ban        353       453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

   2         M. Hafeez            Pak        339       438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

   3         M. Nabi                Afg         329       349 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

   4         James Faulkner   Aus        299       361 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

   5         Angelo Mathews     SL              294          427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014

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