South Africa have slipped to the fourth position in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Men’s Team Rankings despite beating Sri Lanka 3-2 in their five-match series.
Meanwhile, the Proteas started the series in the third spot with 113 points, one more than New Zealand’s 112. The series result saw South Africa slip to 110 points while Sri Lanka gained three points and moved to 80 points. However, they were static in their eighth spot on the list.
However, England are on top of the table with 127 points while India are in the second position with 121 points. Furthermore, Pakistan, Australia, and Bangladesh occupy the fifth, sixth, and seventh spot respectively.
The Aussies slipped to the sixth spot for the first time in this century after a suffering a humiliating loss to England. Windies and Afghanistan occupy the ninth and tenth position respectively with 69 and 63 points.
Sri Lanka makes a historic comeback
Akila Dananjaya bowled Sri Lanka to a consolation victory in the fifth ODI, as South Africa’s misery against the turning ball came back to haunt them.
A brilliant run-a-ball 97* from captain Angelo Mathews guided the host to 299/8, registering a much-improved batting effort. However, South Africa were not in the hunt right from the start as Sri Lanka skittled them for 121, thus losing by 178 runs. As a result, they dropped to the fourth position in the ICC ODI Men’s Team Rankings.
Dananjaya, the right-arm mystery spinner, was the chief architect of their fallout. He returned with career-best ODI figures of 6/29 to leave the final series scoreline 3-2 in favour of South Africa. Lahiru Kumara also chipped in with two wickets to provide support to Dananjaya.
South Africa will now have upto pull up their socks with the ICC World Cup in sight. On the other hand, Sri Lanka will look to bank on this confidence going into the T20I series.