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India bind number-one ODI ranking after South Africa array win


India are now a top-ranked side in Tests and ODIs. (Source: AP)

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India took a satisfactory lead over South Africa to turn a top-ranked group in ICC ODI Rankings after a 73-run win on Tuesday during Port Elizabeth. The win gave India an irrefutable 4-1 lead in a six-match ODI series. Irrespective of how a final ODI in Centurion pans out, India will sojourn a top-ranked side in a world. Virat Kohli captained India are also a top-ranked Test side.

India came into a six-match array in second mark on 119 points with South Africa heading by 121 runs. After holding a 2-0 lead in a series, India unofficially took a top-spot yet now things will turn central when a array concludes. After a 4-1 lead, India pierce to 122 points while South Africa dump to 118 points. A win for India on Friday and a Virat Kohli-led side would extend that opening with 123 points as opposite 117 points. However, should South Africa win, India will strew one indicate to turn No. 1 with 121 points and South Africa will mount second on 119 points.

For South Africa, things might not sojourn flushed even if they do win, though. If England kick New Zealand 5-0 in a arriving five-match ODI series, England would pierce to second while South Africa would dump even further.

This is a fifth time that India have taken a tip mark in ICC ODI Rankings and for a initial time given Oct 2017. The initial time India rose to a tip mark was behind in January, 2013.

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