Pakistan cement top T20I spot

New Zealand conceded the top spot in the ICC T20I rankings after the 2-1 series loss to India, with Pakistan being the direct beneficiary. Dropping five points and a position from the top of the table, New Zealand (120) now have conceded a four-point lead to Pakistan (124). They are on par with the Windies, but remain slightly ahead on decimal points to occupy second position.

India (119) too gained three points, but continued to remain at fifth spot, behind England on decimal points.

With 104 runs in the series, Virat Kohli gained 13 points, thus stretching his lead at the top over Aaron Finch, at the second spot, to 40 points. On the back of quick half-centuries in the first T20I, both Indian openers, Rohit Sharma (three places up to 21st) and Shikhar Dhawan (20 places up to 45th) too have been major gainers. Colin Munro, riding high on his second century of the year, moved up four spots to number 12.

Among the bowlers, Ish Sodhi moved up five spots to break into the top 10 for the first time in his career, thanks to five wickets in the series. His leggie counterpart, Yuzvendra Chahal, continued his upward ascend jumping up 22 spots to reach 30. With a haul of 4 for 34 in Rajkot, Trent Boult too jumped up 14 spots to achieve his career best 16th rank.


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