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Nov 19, 2009

India can rise with SA fall in ICC ODI Rankings

South Africa's defeat would be India's gain as MS Dhoni's men stand to get back the 2nd spot in ICC one-day rankings if England beat the Proteas in a 5-match ODI series starting Friday in Johannesburg.

South African CricketIndia had tripped to 3rd after losing a 7-match ODI series against Australia 2-4 a few weeks ago.

In individual rankings, South African Skipper Graeme Smith has the opportunity to put pressure on top ranked Indian foil MS Dhoni and 2nd-placed Michael Hussey in the list for ICC ODI batsmen.

An all-out triumph for the 6th-placed England would see them rise to 3rd and leave the 2nd-placed hosts 5th.

Graeme SmithBut if Graeme Smith's side manages to win the ODI series 5-0 it will close the gap with Australia to just two points. However, if the Proteas win 3-2, their triumph margin will not be enough to maintain 2nd place and they will slip to 3rd behind India.

If Andrew Strauss' side win the ODI series 3-2, it would rise to 5th in the ICC ODI rankings and South Africa would drop to 3rd, again providing India with 2nd place.

No victory situation can see either team putting any pressure on the current table toppers Australia.

In the Rankings for ODI batsmen, Graeme Smith is still the highest-ranked player of either side at the 3rd spot.

Nov 4, 2009

Afridi stars in a clinical Pakistan win

Shahid Afridi hits an aggressive half-century and getting two wickets to cap Pakistan's 138-run win over New Zealand in the 1st ODI day-night international here on Tuesday.

Shahid AfridiAfridi's 49-ball 70 supplemented by Kamran Akmal's undefeated 43-ball 67 and Khalid Latif's steady maiden fifty lifted Pakistan to an impressive 287-9 before they shot New Zealand out for 149 in the 40th over.

The victory, which gave Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the 3-match one-day series, was also cute revenge for the winners who lost to New Zealand in the Champions Trophy 2009 semi-final last month.

The remaining two matches will be played here on Friday and Monday, before the two teams move to Dubai for two Twenty20 internationals on November 12 and 13.

Nov 2, 2009

Pakistan v New Zealand in UAE 2009

DateMatch DetailsTime (GMT)Venue
Nov 3 - TuePakistan v New Zealand, 1st ODI
Pak won by 138 runs
11.00Abu Dhabi
Nov 6 - FriPakistan v New Zealand, 2nd ODI
NZ won by 64 runs
11.00Abu Dhabi
Nov 9 - MonPakistan v New Zealand, 3rd ODI
NZ won by 7 runs
11.00Abu Dhabi
New Zealand won by ODI Serice 2-1
Nov 12 - ThuPakistan v New Zealand, 1st T20i
Pak won by 49 runs
Nov 13 - FriPakistan v New Zealand, 2nd T20i
Pak won by 7 runs

Pakistan won the T20i Series 2-0