Table toppers for 48 hours; Pakistan dragged down later in ODI rankings

Mohammad Nawaz - Pakistan

Pakistan could not retain the number one spot in the ICC ODI Cricket Rankings. Within 48 hours of reaching the top for the first time, Pakistan fell to the bottom of India. Australia came out on top.

Pakistan won the one-day series against New Zealand by a big margin at home. Despite winning the series by 4-1, Babar dropped to third place in the ICC ODI rankings. However, 48 hours ago they reached the top spot. Pakistan climbed to the top of the ODI rankings for the first time on Friday.

Babar Azam led Pakistan took a 4-0 lead in the five-match one-day series against New Zealand. Due to that success, they came to the top of the ranking. But in the last match of the series, the Kiwis got a consolation win and Pakistan was knocked out. Even winning the series by 4-1 did not help.

Australia tops the ODI Rankings, Pakistan below India

Australia has come to the top again in one-day cricket. Pat Cummins rating points 113. Second ranked Rohit Sharma also has rating points of 113. India, however, have played 12 ODIs more than Australia. Pakistan is ranked third with 112 rating points. They were in third place before climbing to number one last Friday.

Batting first against Pakistan, New Zealand scored 299 runs in the fifth ODI in Karachi on Sunday. Set to bat with a target of 300 runs to win, Pakistan’s innings ended on 252 runs. Despite losing the last match, Babar is happy with the team’s performance. After Sunday’s match, he said,

“We played a great series. Although we could not finish as expected. Our batting was not good in the last match. Batters at the top did not get runs. Agha Salman and Iftikhar Ahmed formed a good pair in the middle order but we could not reach the target.”

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