Sri Lanka needs to win one match to retain No.1 T20  ranking

Sri Lanka needs to win one match to retain No.1 T20 ranking

Sri Lanka needs to win one match to retain No.1 T20 ranking

Written by Staff Writer

18 Nov, 2013 | 7:37 pm

Sri Lanka must win one match to retain No.1 T20  ranking
In the scenario of New Zealand beating Sri Lanka 2-0, either South Africa or Pakistan will need to make a clean sweep to claim the top spot from Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka, currently ranked number one with 128 ratings, needs to win one of the two matches in the series against New Zealand to retain the top spot. Sri Lanka enters the series leading seventh-ranked New Zealand by 25 ratings points. Because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, Sri Lanka’s failure to win both the matches will result in it losing as many as eight points, which means either India, South Africa or Pakistan could become the number-one ranked side, depending on how the series between South Africa and Pakistan pans out.
However, if Sri Lanka wins a match in the series, it will retain the number-one ranking and will increase the lead if it makes it two out of two against the Blackcaps.
In the scenario of New Zealand beating Sri Lanka 2-0, either South Africa or Pakistan will need to make a clean sweep to claim the top spot from Sri Lanka.
However, if South Africa and Pakistan end up with a 1-1 deadlock, then India will move to the top of the tree.


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