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India retain number-one Test ranking

India have moved to 123 points and lead second-placed SA by six points
India are crowned champions during day four of the fourth test match between India and Australia held at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium on the 28th March 2017.

Photo by: Ron Gaunt / BCCI/ SPORTZPICS

India have retained their number-one ranking on the ICC Test Team Rankings following the annual update in which series results from 2013-14 are no longer included and outcomes from the 2015-16 series are weighted at 50 per cent.

While India lead South Africa by six points following the annual update, only nine points separate third-ranked Australia from seventh-ranked Sri Lanka, with ninth-ranked Bangladesh trailing eighth-ranked West Indies by six points.

India have moved to 123 points after gaining one point, however, second-ranked South Africa now have the table-toppers firmly within its sights after vaulting from 109 points to 117 points. This jump means the pre-update gap of 13 points has now been trimmed to just six points.

While India and South Africa have made upward movements, Australia, England and Pakistan have headed in the opposite direction.

Australia have retained their third place but have plummeted from 108 points to 100 points, England have stayed in fourth position but have slipped to 99 points after conceding two points, whereas Pakistan have dropped behind New Zealand in sixth place after conceding four points to sit on 93 points.

The swings for Faf du Plessis’s and Steve Smith’s sides have come after South Africa’s 2-1 loss to Australia, and Australia’s 5-0 series win over England in 2013-14 have both been dropped for calculation purposes.

Sri Lanka are seventh on 91 points (up by one), West Indies eighth on 75 points (up by five), Bangladesh ninth on 69 points (up by three) and Zimbabwe 10th with zero points (down by five).

The ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 18 May, following the annual update):

1. India 123 (+1)

2. South Africa 117 (+8)

3. Australia 100 (-8)

4. England 99 (-2)

5. New Zealand 97 (+1)

6. Pakistan 93 (-4)

7. Sri Lanka 91 (+1)

8. West Indies 75 (+5)

9. Bangladesh 69 (+3)

10. Zimbabwe 0 (-5)

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Records tumble as India Women win by 249 runs

Deepti Sharma-Punam Raut share a record 320-run stand for the first wicket

Records tumbled quick and fast in Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, South Africa as India Women registered a thumping 249 runs win over Ireland in the Women's Quadrangular Series match. 

After captain Mithali Raj won the toss and opted to bat first, there was no looking back as India openers Deepti Sharma and Punam Raut put up a sensational show. The two brought up the team’s fifty in 79 balls and shared a 100-run stand in 149 balls. Punam got to her fifty in 68 balls while Deepti brought up her fifty in 82 balls. 

The two then upped the ante as they brought up the team’s 150 in 185 balls and in only 46 more deliveries, raised the 200-run stand in 231 balls.

Deepti, who also bowls spin, registered her maiden ODI century in 126 balls with the help of 12 boundaries. In the mandatory second Powerplay, India amassed 49 runs, taking the total past the 250-figure mark. Deepti then got to 150 in 144 balls becoming the first Indian to get to the mark while Punam too brought up her maiden century off just 109 balls.
It was in the 44th over that the two took India past the 300-run mark. The openers became the first pair to share a 300-run stand in Women’s ODIs.

All eyes were on Deepti but she fell 12 runs short of a double century. She was bowled by Rachel Delaney and her 188 is now the second highest individual score in Women’s ODIs. Deepti’s marathon innings lasted 195 minutes. 

Punam was retired out on 109, but Veda Krishnamurthy and Shikha Pandey helped India to a massive 358/3 in 50 overs.
In return, the Ireland openers shared a 42-run stand but once the first wicket fell, the slide started before they were eventually bowled out for 109 in 40 overs.
Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad claimed 4/18 while Shikha Pandey too three wickets for 16 runs. Deepti too picked one wicket to cap off a rewarding day.

Brief score: India Women 358/3 in 50 Overs (Deepti Sharma 188, Poonam Raut 109, Rachel Delaney 1/44) beat Ireland Women 109/10 in 40 Overs (Mary Waldron 35, Rajeshwari Gayakwad 4/18, Shikha Pandey 3/16) by 249 runs.

BCCI Staff

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