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India has cemented their number-one ranking in the ICC ODI Team Rankings after victory in yesterday’s match in Port Elizabeth, which confirmed they will finish the series on top of the table irrespective of how the final match in Centurion pans out.

India entered the six-match series in second position on 119 points, two points behind leaders South Africa.

After taking a 4-1 lead, India moved to 122 points, while South Africa dropped to 118 points.

Even if South Africa wins on Friday, India will remain No.1 on 121 points, while South Africa will end on 119 points.

In contrast, if India wins the series 5-1, then they will finish on 123 points, while South Africa will end on 117 points.

Yesterday’s result has given additional context to the upcoming five-match ODI series between New Zealand and England.

Irrespective of the outcome of Friday’s match between South Africa and India, if England wins all five matches against New Zealand, Eoin Morgan’s side will claim second position, with South Africa slipping to third.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan has moved ahead of Zimbabwe in 10th position after winning the third ODI in Sharjah yesterday.

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