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Fakhar Zaman reaches No. 2 behind Babar Azam in ODI batting rankings

Their success in the two Tests against Ireland has pushed Sri Lanka's Prabath Jayasuriya and Ramesh Mendis up in the bowlers' rankings

Fakhar Zaman celebrates after scoring a hundred, Pakistan vs New Zealand,1st ODI, Rawalpindi, April 27, 2023

Fakhar Zaman has scored back-to-back centuries in the ongoing ODIs against New Zealand  •  PCB

Pakistan have a one-two at the top of the ICC ODI batting rankings, with opener Fakhar Zaman moving eight places up to achieve a career-best second spot, only behind his captain Babar Azam. Fakhar has scored back-to-back centuries in Rawalpindi in the ongoing five-match series against New Zealand, while Babar has hit 49 and 65 in the two matches.
Fakhar made 117 in the chase of 289 in the first ODI and followed it up with 180 not out in the second as Pakistan chased down 337, taking them 2-0 up in the five-series. His previous best ranking in the format was No. 7, which he reached in April 2021.
With Fakhar moving up, South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen has slipped one place down to No. 3, while India's Shubman Gill is at No. 4.
Pakistan also have Fakhar's opening partner Imam-ul-Haq rounding off the top five after scores of 60 and 25 in the two ODIs.
In the men's Test rankings, a number of Sri Lanka players have made moved up after their a 2-0 series win over Ireland in Galle.
Left-arm spinner Prabath Jayasuriya, who picked up 17 wickets across the two Tests, including a ten-wicket match haul in the first Test, is up six places to No. 13 in the bowling rankings, while offspinner Ramesh Mendis is up ten places to 22nd after taking 11 wickets in the series.
Angelo Mathews has also moved one place up to No. 22 in the batting rankings after scoring 100 not out in the second Test, where Sri Lanka put up 704 for 3 declared on their way to an innings win, while Kusal Mendis is up three places to 39th after making his career-best score of 245 in the same game.