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Kohli, Rohit & Bumrah continue to dominate ODI rankings 



Dubai: India skipper Virat Kohli and limited-overs deputy Rohit Sharma continue to lead the way in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI rankings as they moved up by two and three ratings points respectively to strengthen their grip on the top two positions in the batting list.

The 2-1 series win over Australia also saw India retain their second position in the ODI Team rankings. The top spot in the team rankings is with world champions England.

Kohli is at the top of the ICC player rankings with 886 points while Rohit’s 171 runs in Bengaluru took him to 868 points. On the other hand, Pakistan’s Babar Azam is in the third position with 829 points. Having shown form in the series, injured opener Shikhar Dhawan also moved up by seven slots to reach the 15th position on the batting list.

Star India pacer Jasprit Bumrah continues to lead the bowling charts and is followed by New Zealand pacer Trent Boult and Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman.

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja moved up by a couple of places to reach the 27th spot among bowlers after finishing with four wickets in the series against the Aussies. Former Australia skipper Steve Smith, who amassed 229 runs against India in the three-match rubber, has jumped to the 23rd place while opener David Warner has moved up one place to sixth. Captain Aaron Finch has moved up one place to 10th.


Pacers shine for India on Day 2 of warm-up game




Hamilton: Indian pacers came out with a remarkable performance on second day of the practice game against New Zealand XI being played at the Seddon Park.

On Saturday, the four Indian pacers — Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini — all bowled on immaculate line and lengths and bundled out New Zealand XI for 235.

While Shami was pick of the Indian bowlers as he picked up 3 for 17, Bumrah, Umesh and Saini picked two-two wickets each. Ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scalped the remaining one wicket.

For New Zealand XI, Henry Cooper top scored with 40 while Rachin Ravindra and captain Daryl Mitchell contributed with 34 and 32 respectively.

With a lead of 28, Indian openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal then came out all guns blazing in the second innings and accumulated 59 runs in the seven overs they played before Stumps.

While Shaw scored 35* off the 25 balls he faced (5 fours and a six), Agarwal too smashed 23 runs off 17 balls (4 fours and a six), swelling India’s lead to 89.

In their first innings, India had been bundled out for 263 riding on Hanuma Vihari’s 101 and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 93.

Brief Scores: India 263 all out and 59/0 (Prithvi Shaw 35*, Mayank Agarwal 23*); New Zealand 235 all out (Henry Cooper 40, Mohammed Shami 3/17

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