India on Friday regained their No.1 ranking in the ICC ODI list after Australia lost their fourth One-day International against England by 57 runs thereby dropping to the second place in the 13-team table.
As per the latest ICC table, India are back on top with 117 points while Australia are second with 116 points. India lost their No 1 spot in the ODI ranking on Wednesday when they lost to New Zealand in the second one dayer at Hamilton by 15 runs courtesy Duckworth-Lewis method.
India were on 119 points before the second ODI against New Zealand while Australia were on 118 points. The defeat against New Zealand saw India losing a couple of points and slipped behind Australia at 117 points.
However the Aussies were defeated by England, who won their first international game of the three-month long tour, due to which Australia lost two points and came down to 116. But in order to maintain their top rank, India must win tomorrow’s third ODI against the Black Caps at Auckland — failing which they will again lose their top rank.
Stoke’s all-round show
A fine all-round display by Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler’s late assault with the bat ended England’s long losing streak against Australia as the visitors won the fourth one-day international.
Wicketkeeper batsman Buttler smashed a 43-ball 71 after Stokes hit a fluent 70 and England posted a total of 316 for eight on the way to their first win over Australia on the tour. Opener Aaron Finch notched up his second century of the series to lead the hosts’ reply but his 108 off 111 balls was not enough for the hosts.
Stokes returned with the ball to pick up four wickets as Australia, without the rested Michael Clarke, David Warner and Brad Haddin, were shot out for 259 runs in 47.4 overs. England lost the last ODI against Australia at home and had suffered eight consecutive losses to their arch-rivals including the 5-0 Ashes whitewash.
Brief Scores: England 316 for 8 in 50 overs (J Buttler 71, B Stokes 70, I Bell 55; J Faulkner 4/67) v Australia 259 all out in 47.4 overs (A Finch 108; B Stokes 4/39)