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Pakistan rise to 4th in ICC team rankings after T20I series win

Pakistan rise to 4th in ICC team rankings after T20I series win
April 3, 2017

PORT OF SPAIN (92 News) – Two-time reigning champion West Indies and 2009 ICC World Twenty20 champion Pakistan have swapped places in the ICC T20I Team Rankings following the conclusion of the four-match series in Port of Spain.

Pakistan won the series by 3-1.

The West Indies had started the series in fourth position on 116 points, while Pakistan had begun in sixth position on 113 points.

However, following the fourth match in Port of Spain, Pakistan has jumped to fourth place on 116 points while the West Indies has slipped to sixth position on 112 points.

The table is headed by New Zealand (127), which leads 2007 winner India by three points. South Africa is third on 117 points. 2010 champion England is between Pakistan and the West Indies in fifth position.

Pakistan defeated West Indies in 4th T20 International by 7 wickets on Sunday, winning the four-match series 3-1.

Pakistan brought in Rumman Raees for Sohail Tanvir and decided to bowl first in last T20 against West Indies.

The bowlers restricted West Indies to 124 runs at the end of 20 overs. Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan bagged 2 wickets each while Wahab Riaz, Imad Wasim and Rumman Raees took one each.

For West Indies, the Chadwick Walton scored 40 runs with 4 sixes whereas the Captain Carlos Brathwaite scored 37 with 2 sixes.

In response, Pakistan had a better start with the bat in last game and lost its first wicket on 40 runs when Kamran Akmal was caught by Kesrick Williams off Marlon Samuels’ ball. He scored 20 runs.

Later, Ahmed Shahzad and Babar Azam established a 70-run partnership for second wicket prior to the dismissal of former on 53 runs. Soon after, Babar Azam also lost his wicket on 38 runs.

In the end, Pakistan reached the target in 19.0 over for the loss of 3 wickets with Shoaib Malik and Sarfraz Ahmed at the crease. They scored unbeaten 9 and 3 runs respectively.

Hasan Ali was declared Man of the Match whereas Shadab Khan earned the Man of the Series award. –Reuters