South Africa slip to the third position in the latest ICC Test rankings

Kusal Mendis stormed into the top 20 after his match-winning knock in Port Elizabeth.

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Sri Lanka batsmen Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando have made major gains in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after anchoring their side to a memorable eight-wicket win in Port Elizabeth that helped complete a historic 2-0 series triumph.

The unbroken 163-run stand from the pair enabled Sri Lanka to become the first Asian team to win a Test series in South Africa and they had individual gains too. An unbeaten 84 from Mendis lifted him to 18th among batsmen while Fernando’s 75 not out helped him jump 35 places and reach 65th position in the list after just two Tests.

Niroshan Dickwella is another Sri Lanka batsman to make a notable improvement in the latest rankings update, moving up eight slots to reach 37th place with his first innings knock of 42 while left-handed opener Lahiru Tharimanne finds himself in the top 100.

Among their bowlers, Suranga Lakmal (up three places to 30th) and Vishwa Fernando (up six places to a career-best 43rd) have advanced after taking four wickets each in the second Test while Kasun Rajitha’s five wickets in the match have helped him move up eight places to 51st position.

Olivier in top 20

The bright spot for South Africa is the continued progress of fast bowler Duanne Olivier, who has moved into the top 20 after only 10 Tests. The 26-year-old’s four wickets in the match have helped him gain three slots to reach 19th position in the list, which has two others fast bowlers from his team ahead of him – Kagiso Rabada in third place and Vernon Philander in fourth.

Meanwhile, South Africa have slipped to third place in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, losing five points and finishing at 105 after losing both Tests to their lower-ranked opposition. Sri Lanka remain in sixth place, but have moved up to 93 points.

New Zealand are second with 107 points and will need to win an upcoming three-Test home series against Bangladesh, starting Thursday, in order to retain second place.

Here are the latest rankings:

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points
1 India 116
2 New Zealand 107
3 South Africa 105 (-5)
4 Australia 104
5 England 104
6 Sri Lanka 93 (+4)
7 Pakistan 88
8 Windies 77
9 Bangladesh 69
10 Zimbabwe 13
11 Afghanistan 0
12 Ireland 0

Top Batsmen

Rank Player Team Pts
1 Virat Kohli India 922
2 K. Williamson NZ 897
3 C. Pujara India 881
4 Steve Smith Aus 857
5 Joe Root Eng 763
Henry Nicholls NZ 763*!
7 David Warner Aus 756
8 A. Markram SA 719*
9 Q. de Kock SA 718
10 Faf du Plessis SA 702
18 Kusal Mendis SL 657
37 N. Dickwella SL 564
65 O. Fernando SL 455*!
98 L. Thirimanne SL 342

Top Bowlers

Rank Player Team Pts
1 Pat Cummins Aus 878*!
2 J. Anderson Eng 862
3 K. Rabada SA 851
4 V. Philander SA 813
5 R. Jadeja India 794
6 Trent Boult NZ 771
7 Jason Holder Win 770*
M. Abbas Pak 770*
9 Tim Southee NZ 767
10 R. Ashwin India 763
19 Duanne Olivier SA 692*!
30 S. Lakmal SL 573
43 V. Fernando SL 385*!
51 Kasun Rajitha SL 326*
77 D. de Silva SL 170*!

Top all-rounders

Rank Player Team Pts
1 Jason Holder Win 439/*
2 S. Al Hasan Ban 415
3 R. Jadeja India 387
4 Ben Stokes Eng 357
5 V. Philander SA 326

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