South Africa cruised to the No.1 spot in the ODI ranking


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February 10, 2017: South Africa v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Centurion Imran Tahir celebrates his dismissal of Dhananjaya de Silva

In the last ODI against Sri Lanka at Centurion, South Africa dominated right from the beginning. Both the openers put on a huge partnership of 187. As both Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla scored centuries and managed to put a humongous total of 384/6. That became too big of a total for the Sri Lankan to chase down as they were restricted for 296.

South Africa recorded their 11th ODI win on trot and hence became the No.1 ranked ODI team. They dethroned Australia at the top of the table and are ahead by a margin of one point.

Sri Lanka decided to field first as they won the toss, it was a matter of pride for Lankan lions. As they had already lost first four ODI matches this series and wanted to win this one and end the series on high.

Quinton de Kock put on a scintillating performance by scoring 109 of just 87 balls. Whereas Amla took his time to settle and rotated the strike regularly. De Kock broke the record for fastest wicket-keeper to reach 3000 runs in ODI, which was previously held by Mahindra Singh Dhoni.

With the departure of de Kock, Faf du Plessis and Amla continued to take South Africa towards what looked to be another 350+ score. Hashim Amla completed 150 courtesy of 15 fours and 5 sixes before departing.

The visitors struggled from the beginning as they lost 3 wickets in quick succession in order to score quick runs. Half the side was back in pavilion before 14th over. Asela Gunaratne and Sachith Pathirana then tried building the innings. Their parthership contributed 93 runs, eventually Pathirana fell prey to Chris Morris after scoring.

Asela Gunaratne remained not out at the other end and completed an amazing ton, he didn’t get support at the other end and eventually Sri Lanka fell short by 88 runs.

South Africa now has 6773 at the top of the points table with 119 ratings. Australia comes at second position with 7227 points and 118 as ratings. New Zealand and India are third and fourth respectively on the table.

 

1 South Africa 57 6773 119
2  Australia 61 7,227 118
3  New Zealand 54 6,110 113
4  India 56 6,261 112
5  England 57 6,090 107
6  Sri Lanka 65 6,392 98
7  Bangladesh 33 3,019 91
8  Pakistan 56 5,005 89
9  West Indies 37 3,168 86
10  Afghanistan 26 1,341 52
11  Zimbabwe 50 2,409 48
12  Ireland 20 834 42

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