Pakistan drops to fifth after series los to Sri Lanka

January 25th, 2009 - 5:07 pm ICT by ANI  

Dubai, Jan.25 (ANI): Pakistan has slipped one place in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table following its 2-1 series defeat at home to Sri Lanka.
Although Shoaib Maliks team won the first ODI of the series in Karachi thanks to a brilliant unbeaten century by Salman Butt, it then proceeded to lose the second and third matches after impressive displays by the visitors.
That means Pakistan loses three ratings points and drops below New Zealand into fifth place on the table, an ICC press release said.
For its part, Sri Lanka has gained two ratings points from that series and as a result stays in seventh position but it is now just one point behind England in sixth spot.
With a five-match ODI series coming up against India beginning on Wednesday there is every chance Mahela Jayawardena and his men can make further progress if they continue their good form against Mahendra Singh Dhonis team.
Sri Lanka is a team with a proud one-day pedigree having won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1996 and was runner-up the last time around in the West Indies. During that event in April 2007 it was ranked as high as fourth in the world so no doubt the players will feel they belong further up that ladder than seventh.
Meanwhile, despite winning the series against Zimbabwe 2-1 Bangladesh lost one ratings point to 46 but has maintained its place in ninth position in the rankings. Zimbabwe is now just two ratings points behind 10th-placed Ireland having gained a point from that series.
There will be plenty of opportunities for change at the bottom of the table with Zimbabwe heading to 12th-placed Kenya for a five ODI series beginning in Mombasa on Tuesday. (ANI)

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