India on Friday (Feb 6) moved on to Number.2 spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day rankings. This after New Zealand beat Australia in the second ODI at Melbourne. Australia who have been in poor form have already lost a one-day series agains South Africa before this.
Former world number one Australia on Friday slumped to their second successive defeat against New Zealand to go 0-2 down in the five-match cricket series and slide to third sport in the ICC ODI rankings.
Put into bat, Australia cut a sorry figure, managing just 225 for five in 50 overs with stand-in captain Michael Clarke (98) and Michael Hussey (75) scoring bulk of the runs. Chasing the modest target, New Zealand rode on Grant Elliot's unbeaten 61 and useful contributions from Brendon McCullum (43) and Ross Taylor (47) to canter to a six-wicket win with seven balls to spare. This was Australia's fifth consecutive defeat.
India though have had a golden run leading up to the current Sri Lanak one-day series. Indian beat England two months ago 5-0 and now are leading the series in Sri Lanka 4-0, with one more game left.
In the latest ICC team rankings for ODI's South Africa has maintained its hold of the no.1 spot but India has now piped South Africa to claim no.2 spot after beating Sri Lanka 4-nil in the 5-match ODI series with the final still to be played.
New Zealand's 6 wicket thrashing to Australia in the 2nd ODi has reduced the Aussies to the 3rd place in the table. A win in the final ODI against Lanka and Australia's loss too NZ in their 3rd ODI will move the men in blue closer to the numero uno positin.
INDIA RISE TO 2ND SPOT
Pos. Team Pld Pts
1 South Africa 34 125
2 India 45 122
3 Australia 34 121