New Zealand, with a 24-run victory in the final ODI at the Seddon Park in Hamilton, have beaten Australia 2-0 in the three-ODI series. This series victory over a second-string Australian side, has earned New Zealand a rise to third place in the latest ICC ODI team rankings. India, who were previously 3rd in the ICC ODI rankings, have dropped to fourth with a rating of 112.
The second ODI in Napier, between New Zealand and Australia, had been abandoned due to a wet outfield, on Thursday (February 2nd), making the Hamilton one-dayer a must-win for the Trans-Tasman rivals.
Going into today’s decider 1-0, a full-strength New Zealand side posted 281/9 batting first. The Aaron Finch-led visitors, in reply, lost wickets in clusters throughout their innings and were bowled out for 257 in 47 overs. Trent Boult took 6-33 and was awarded the man-of-the-match for bowling his team to a 24-run, series-clinching victory.
As far as the ICC ODI team rankings is concerned, Australia remain top with a rating of 118, the same as South Africa in 2nd. The Proteas, who are involved in a five-ODI series against Srilanka, have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead against the Lankan Lions. However, in order to replace Australia as the No. 1-ranked ODI side, AB de Villiers and co. have to whitewash Srilanka 5-0.
India’s next ODI assignment is the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which will be played from June 1, 2017, in England. The Men in Blue have put together back-to-back ODI series wins over New Zealand and England, at home, and will strive to defend their Champions Trophy crown, which they beat England to in the 2013 edition of the tournament.