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Pakistan pip India at No.2 in ODI team rankings annual update

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DUBAI: Pakistan cricket team overtook arch-rivals India to take the second spot in the ICC Men’s ODI Rankings after the annual update on Thursday. 

The Men in Green, who briefly stayed the No.1 ODI team for the first time last week during the recently-held ODI series against New Zealand, still maintain a narrow one-point lead over third-placed India.

Australia, however, retained their top spot on the charts with a rating of 118 points, just two points ahead of Pakistan’s 116.

Prior to the annual rankings update, Australia were at No.1 with 113 points with India behind them on the decimal count. Pakistan were ranked third, with 112 points.

Pakistan went to the top of the standings after their victory in the fourth ODI against New Zealand on Friday but could not hold onto the spot beyond two days following their defeat in the final ODI.

The annual rankings take into account all the series played since May 2020, but the series completed after May 2022 are weighted at 100 per cent while the series before that carries 50 per cent weightage.

Apart from Pakistan, Australia and India, the rest of the teams have many yards to cover to catch up with the top three.

New Zealand sit fourth on the table displacing England from the spot with 104 points.

South Africa and Bangladesh maintain their spots on sixth and seventh, respectively, after the annual update.

Meanwhile, there is a big movement beneath them as Afghanistan take a massive jump to the eighth overall, overtaking Sri Lanka (ninth) and West Indies (tenth).

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