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New Zealand’s series defeat give Pakistan the No.1 spot in T20I rankings

The Indian team won the three-match series 2-1.

Hasan Ali
Pakistan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Pakistan are now on 124 points while New Zealand have slipped from their pre-series 125 points to 120 points. Pakistan have regained the top position in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings after having briefly attained the rank during the series between India and New Zealand.

New Zealand had slipped behind Pakistan after India won the opening match of the three-match series against New Zealand and Pakistan once again find themselves at the top after India completed a 2-1 series win in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.

Pakistan are now on 124 points while New Zealand have slipped from their pre-series 125 points to 120 points. India retain the fifth position with an aggregate of 119 on the points table.

The last T20I at Trivandrum was a rain-affected one and cut down to 8-over a side affair. Kane Williamson won the toss and on a sticky surface asked India to bat first and set them a target. Their bowlers used the slower deliveries to great effect and didn’t let the Indians get away. They managed 67/5 in their quota and it looked like a par total.

But the way the Indian seamers started and the response their fielders put upon the ground was electric. Brilliant catches, run outs and they put brakes on the scoring rate. In a shorter format, it is always difficult to catch-up on the scoring rate when there is a bit too much to be accomplished in the last part of the chase. The Indians stuck on to their own strengths and eventually won the game by 6 runs with that also the series.

ICC T20I Team Rankings

Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2843 124
2 New Zealand 16 1925 120
3 West Indies 20 2395 120
4 England 17 2029 119
5 India 25 2965 119
6 South Africa 20 2238 112
7 Australia 15 1665 111
7 Sri Lanka 24 2177 91
9 Afghanistan 25 2157 86
9 Bangladesh 17 1289 76
11 Scotland 11 737 67
12 Zimbabwe 13 842 65
13 UAE 16 827 52
14 Netherlands 9 441 49
15 Hong Kong 13 599 46
16 PNG 6 235 39
17 Oman 9 345 38
18 Ireland 15 534 36

ICC T20I Batsmen Rankings

Rank Name Team Rating
1 V. Kohli IND 811
2 A.J. Finch AUS 784
3 E. Lewis WI 780
4 K.S. Williamson NZ 745
5 G.J. Maxwell AUS 700
6 A.D. Hales ENG 690
7 J.E. Root ENG 683
7 H.M. Amla SA 683
9 Mohammad Shahzad AFG 664
9 Babar Azam PAK 664

ICC T20I Bowlers Rankings

Rank Name Team Rating
1 J.J. Bumrah IND 729
2 Imad Wasim PAK 719
3 Rashid Khan AFG 717
4 S. Badree WI 694
5 Imran Tahir SA 691
6 S.P. Narine WI 676
7 Mustafizur Rahman BAN 667
8 Shakib Al Hasan BAN 661
8 J.P. Faulkner AUS 661
10 Mohammad Naveed UAE 626

ICC T20I All-Rounder’s Rankings

Rank Name Team Rating
1 Shakib Al Hasan BAN 354
2 G.J. Maxwell AUS 330
3 Mohammad Nabi AFG 275
4 M.N. Samuels WI 270
5 J-P. Duminy SA 213
6 P.W. Borren NED 202
7 C.J. Anderson NZ 201
8 Mahmudullah BAN 200
9 P.R. Stirling IRE 193
9 Shoaib Malik PAK 193

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