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India become sole No. 1 in ODI rankings

By The Assam Tribune

DUBAI, Sept 1 (PTI): Their dominating performance against England coupled with Australia�s shock loss to Zimbabwe today made India the sole number one team in the latest ICC ODI rankings issued here.

�World champion India have been confirmed as the number-one ranked side in the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings following Zimbabwe�s three wickets victory over Australia in a triangular series match in Harare on Sunday,� the ICC said in a statement. India had joined Australia on top of the table after winning the third ODI in Nottingham at 114 ratings points, but took sole possession at the coveted number-one spot after Zimbabwe recorded their first victory over Australia in 31 years.

This result meant Australia have dropped three ratings points and slipped behind South Africa and Sri Lanka into fourth position on 111 ratings points.

South Africa, following victories over Australia and Zimbabwe, are sitting in second spot on 113 ratings points, while Sri Lanka also have 111 ratings points but are ranked above Australia in third position by a fraction of a point. With five ODIs to be played this week, there is potential for further changes at the top of the table, depending how these matches pan out.

For world champion India to finish as the number-one ranked side, they need to win the remaining two matches against England and then hope Australia beat South Africa either on September 2 or 6 (if both the sides clash in the final).

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