India firmly on top of ODI world as No. 1

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The 73-run win over South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday perched India firmly on top of ICC’s ODI Team Rankings with a historic series-clinching 4-1 lead in the six-match rubber.  

The win “confirmed that they (India) will finish the series on top of the table irrespective of how the final match in Centurion pans out,” said an ICC press release soon after India’s comprehensive win. 

India went into the six-match series in second position with 119 points, two points behind leaders South Africa. The 4-1 scoreline in the series takes their tally to 122, while South Africa’s points drop to 118.

“Even if South Africa wins on Friday (in the 6th ODI), India will remain No. 1 on 121 points, while South Africa will end on 119 points. In contrast, if India wins the series 5-1, then they will finish on 123 points, while South Africa will end on 117 points,” the press release further read.

India now hold the No. 1  rank in both ODI and Test Team Rankings. 

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