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Sri Lanka leapfrog India to second in ODI rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 9, 2010

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Sri Lanka celebrate their series win, Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Brisbane, November 7, 2010
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Sri Lanka have surged ahead of India to second place in the ICC ODI rankings following their 2-1 series win against table-toppers Australia. Sri Lanka's win, their first in Australia, earned them three points, lifting them to 118, one clear of India. Despite their recent slump across formats, Australia continue to maintain a healthy lead and are currently on 128 points.

India will have to sweep New Zealand 5-0 in the home one-day series, which begins on November 28, if they are to reclaim the second spot. A 5-0 result will take India to 121 points, while a 4-1 scoreline will leave them a few decimal points short of Sri Lanka, who will have the opportunity to add to their tally when they clash against West Indies at home from December 9.

South Africa's 3-2 series win against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates left them in fourth place at 115 points, and their next one-day fixture will be against the touring Indians in January. The results of that series, and Australia's post-Ashes ODIs against England, could decide the standings leading up to the World Cup, which begins on February 19.

The top five
Position Team Points
1 Australia 128
2 Sri Lanka 118
3 India 117
4 South Africa 115
5 England 112

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by Lion_of_Lanka on (November 16, 2010, 1:03 GMT)

Man007: Why don't you put up the scorecard of India's performance in the last WC match they played? (SL vs IND in WI) or the match India played against Bangladesh?

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 15, 2010, 4:42 GMT)

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65278.html - is incorrect??? - nothing to say! Good luck! # Ahamed Afker on (November 12 2010, 06:00 AM GMT) in 2003 we did not all out for 109. ------- #ICC World Cup - 46th match, Super Sixes # ODI no. 1985 | 2002/03 season # Played at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (neutral venue) #Sri Lanka innings (target: 293 runs from 50 overs) #(all out; 23 overs; 123 mins) 109

Posted by Meety on (November 12, 2010, 20:43 GMT)

As far as W/Cup flukes, my believe is that SL has the better arguement - this does not take away from the fact India had a good team in 1983. The WIndies were brilliant back then & had an off day, but India won fair & square. SL beat Oz in 1996, Oz were red hot favourites, but SL for the 2 or 3 years prior, had been playing a brilliant brand of cricket, Oz played well in the final, SL played better. I rate the SL win highly because of what Oz has done since - 3 in a row, (in saying that India stopped the WIndies winning 3 in a row - in conditions more favourable to the WIndies). So there is plaenty to argue about, keep the mindless dribble out of it & be fair in critiques. SL have a proud but short history @ International level, India have had a proud but longer history. Oz has had a longer but far greater cricket history then everyone - haha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Meety on (November 12, 2010, 20:37 GMT)

LOL - I think the rankings are more trouble then they are worth. From about 1978 to 1994, everyone knew the WIndies were #1, from 1994 to 2008, everyone knew Oz was #1 (except the rankings system that put Sth Africa briefly there despite not winning a series against Oz). At the moment India have had a very good run (in favourable conditions), they are the #1 side in Tests (by default), & they will be putting their credentials on the line (finally), in Sth Africa. Whoever wins the series will be #1, (if not by rankings, in the minds of FAIR minded fans). A drawn series, I'd lean to India being #1 & LOL that Sth Africa have stuffed up again! In ODIs, Oz are #1 & have been the best undeniably since 1999, the dynasty goes back to 96, (except for the small matter of a brilliant De Silva knock). I don't feel Oz should be 10 pts ahead, particularly after losing 2-1 to SL @ home. I think Oz may be about to produce the most special W/Cup win yet in 2011.

Posted by Lion_of_Lanka on (November 12, 2010, 15:53 GMT)

Question : What/Who are funnier than the overrated Indian cricket team and their test ranking? - Answer : Jobless Indian fans who make anti SL comments in an article that doesn't concern them. Get a life. The whole world knows Indian cricket team is nothing but a bunch of jokers (or actors as you people call them when they lose) who think they are the best when they are even struggling to beat an INEXPERIENCED NZ side @ home.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2010, 15:31 GMT)

@Man007. I am very well know the fact & Figures.Your above site was incorrect.Why u mentioned bogus site in the first place.Earlier your comment was IND winning constantly against SA & AUS.Now u said better winning some matches than SL.How pathetic.How SL winning against those teams without playing them regurlarly.SL playing from 1982(Test).But your team is playing since 1932.Can u deny ?....But after playing so many years (80 Years) you won once only in SA.How SL can win a match in SA so quickly (28 Years) that too without playing.True we lost with big margin next WC (after 4Yrs).But can u show me any team (WC Holder) losing 5-0 (whitewashed by WIN) immediately after WC?... that too in IND.Can u say no to this?..Do u know one more stat you won only 6 Test matches in abroad during 1990-99 (1 decade).(5 of them against minnows ZIM and 1 agains SL).How pathetic your team performance (after 60 years).Do not say these r all baseless check Cricinfo stat.

Posted by 9ST9 on (November 12, 2010, 13:34 GMT)

1. SL is the worst team since the vatican city to play cricket 2. they don't deserve test status 3. muralitharan is a chucker. 4. They can't play abroad nor at home 5. the 96 wc win was a fluke. 6. They were knocked out in the first round of the WC 2007 7. They can't play short pitched bowling[suresh raina is in fact a sri lankan] 8. They should stop playing cricket and play croquet ok so are you satisfied? can you please mind your own business and poke your noses in articles involving your team?

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 12, 2010, 11:37 GMT)

@Ahamed Afker : Where do you get these info? Pathetic. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65278.html. See how baseless your arguments!!!!. ------------------------------------------ # Fluke win was a reply to someone else claim. They claimed India's win was fluke, in that case, yours too. #Can you pls show me few matches were some WC winners lost by that much (180+ runs) in the next WC? # Never won a test match (by Lanka) in IND,SA & AUS is better than at least winning a couple there (by India). Great logic!! # SRT got records there???. lol. #So, as pr you, we have to declare after 1st day what ever may be the score and let your team to bat!!!. Nothing to say. lol.

Again I request you to spent some time and learn the facts right. And come up with valid points.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2010, 9:02 GMT)

@Man007. I don't want to Create our own record,may be you want your own.So far we never won test in IND.But some umpire blunders against us those too.But as a new team our record is better than your IND.Playing somany years Just winning one game against SA and AUS in there backyard won't make a good team LOL.Can tell me Where we did not win a Test apart from IND,SA & AUS.At the same time we never lost a test in ZIM.Weather it is ODI or Test our record is better than yours.There are lot of better teams are there than IND too. Compare ODI's with SA at home or away.Then you will come to know the reality.If ZIM is so good why they can not win matches abroad.A.Flower is good but not the ZIM team. SRT want to make 200,but Dravid diclared you know my friend.We declared 5th day is true but IND batted for 2days.We never feared to anyone because we know that is just the game.IND is not like that.Burning,stoning and so on.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2010, 7:30 GMT)

srilanka will win the 2011 world cup.

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