New Zealand national cricket team India were knocked off the top spot in the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings after their defeat to the Indian national cricket team in the second ODI of the three-match series at the Shaheed Bir Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur on Saturday, January 21.
The Rohit Sharma-led side invited the Black Caps to bat first after winning the toss in the match. The Kiwi top-order failed miserably with Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell and Tom Latham sent back to the dugout as they slumped to 15/5.
The surface was not bowling-friendly and it was by no means unplayable, but the batsmen played some loose shots and were eventually bowled out for 108 runs. Only Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell and Mitchell Santner started, but none of them managed. To register a big score.
Chasing the target, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill batted brilliantly and ensured that there was no stopping India in the run chase. Rohit scored a brilliant 51 and Gill scored a fine 40*. India chased down the target in the 21st over and won the match by 8 wickets with 179 balls to spare.
England will dethrone New Zealand to become the top team in the ODI rankings
Before the start of the second ODI between the Men in Blue and the Black Caps, New Zealand were on top with 115 rating points. They were followed in the ranking by England (113 rating points), Australia (112 rating points) and India (111 rating points).
Now, New Zealand has dropped to No. 2 in the ODI rankings and England has moved up to No. 1. Talking about the points of the top four teams after the Raipur ODI, England has 113 rating points and 3400 overall points, New Zealand has 113 rating points and 3166 points.
India is at number 3 with 113 rating points and 4847 overall points and Australia is at number 4 with 112 rating points and 3572 overall points.
With the win in the second ODI, the Rohit Sharma-led side took a 2-0 lead in the series. The third and final ODI will be played at the Nehru Stadium in Indore on Tuesday, January 24. If India can replicate their performance from the first two matches in the dead rubber ODIs and whitewash the visitors, they will claim the top spot. ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings.