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India retains 4th spot despite tri-series loss

Dubai, Jun 15 (UNI) Despite the loss to arch-rivals Pakistan in the tri-series final at Dhaka, India continues to hold on to the fourth spot in the latest ICC ODI rankings released today.

They are currently on the same rating points as New Zealand (113) but are behind the Black Caps when ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

Had the Men in Blue won the final, they would have moved up to the third spot, two points ahead of Daniel Vettori's side.

With front-runners South Africa and Australia 14 points clear at the top of the table with 127 points each, there is no danger of them being caught any time soon.

India are closely trailed by Pakistan (111 points) whose success in the final yesterday has seen it gain two rating points.

Pakistan's win also means it is now six points clear of Sri Lanka and England who lie sixth and seventh respectively with 105 rating points.

If England sweeps its ODI series against New Zealand which starts today, it will see them join Pakistan on 111 points but ahead of Shoaib Malik's side by decimal places while New Zealand would slip to sixth position.

However, if the clean-sweep result is reversed then Paul Collingwood's side will drop from 105 to 101 rating points while New Zealand will extend its lead over fourth-placed India to five points.

In case England claims the series 4-1, it will drag New Zealand down to fifth place and trail the Black Caps by decimal places with both teams on 109 rating points.

That scenario would also allow Pakistan to rise to the fourth position.

If England wins the series 3-2, it will leapfrog Sri Lanka into sixth place while New Zealand will drop to fourth behind India.

However, if New Zealand wins 3-2, Daniel Vettori's side will move one rating point clear of India while England will climb above Sri Lanka and into the sixth position by a fraction of a rating point.


Story first published: Sunday, June 15, 2008, 17:33 [IST]
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