POSTED: Thursday November 6th 2008
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South Africa must shut out Bangladesh to remain in second position in Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship

South Africa enters the series leading Bangladesh by 71 rating points

South Africa faces a tough challenge to
retain its second place in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table as it
hosts Bangladesh in a three-match ODI series starting in Potchefstroom from
Friday.

The Proteas currently sit in second place on 118 ratings points and to maintain that position, they will have to win the series 3-0 (barring any matches being rained-off). As South Africa enters the series leading Bangladesh by 71 rating points, it is expected to win convincingly and so failure to win all the ODIs would cost it heavily.

Defeat in one match would cost it two ratings points and would drop it to 116 and third place behind England when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

If Bangladesh wins the series 2-1, South Africa will slip to 112 ratings points and fifth in the championship table behind Australia, England, New Zealand and India, and just ahead of sixth-placed Pakistan which goes head to head with the West Indies in a three-match ODI series in Abu Dhabi from next Wednesday.

In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, South Africa boasts three players in the top 20 – captain Graeme Smith (third), AB de Villers (17th) and Jacques Kallis (19th) – while Tamim Iqbal (40th) and Shakibul Hasan (43rd) are the two Bangladesh batsmen in the top 50.

Smith is fighting to overcome elbow injury which sidelined from the two-match ODI series against Kenya and the Twenty20 International (T20I) against Bangladesh on Wednesday. If he returns in this series, he will be eyeing at least second place which is currently held by Mike Hussey of Australia.

No bowler from either side figures in the top 20 of the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers but Bangladesh’s left-arm spinners Shakibul Hasan (23rd), Abdur Razzak (27th) and fast bowler Syed Rasel (33rd) are in the top 40.

Johan Botha is the highest-ranked South Africa bowler in the named squad in 48th position and he will be aiming for an upward movement along with Kallis (53rd), Albie Morkel (67th), Morne Morkel (69th) and Dale Steyn (93rd).

The bowlers’ list is still headed by Australia’s Nathan Bracken with New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori in second spot and Mitchell Johnson, another Australian, in third.

In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for all-rounders, Kallis climbed to fourth place earlier this week following a good series against Kenya and he can leapfrog at least Pakistan’s third-placed Shoaib Malik with another good series.

Series schedule:

 

7 November – First ODI, Potchefstroom

9 November – Second ODI, Benoni

12 November – Third ODI, East London

 

Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table (as of 6 November, before the start of South Africa and Bangladesh ODI series)

 

Rank   Team                           Rating

 

1          Australia                       131
2          South Africa                 118

3          England                        116

4          New Zealand                113
5          India                             113
6          Pakistan                        110
7          Sri Lanka                      105
8          West Indies                    95
9          Bangladesh                    47
10         Ireland                           19
11         Zimbabwe                     15
12         Kenya                            11

 

 (Developed by David Kendix)

 

ICC One-Day Rankings (as of 6 November)

Batsmen

 

Rank      Player                                   Team     Points    Avge      HS Rating

 

   1           MS Dhoni                              Ind          793         47.41     806 v WI at Kingston 2006

   2           Mike Hussey                        Aus         776         57.13     863 v NZ at Perth 2007

   3           Graeme Smith                      SA           757         40.69     792 v Ban at Dhaka 2008

   4           Ricky Ponting                       Aus         740         43.24     832 v NZ at Hobart 2007

   5           Mohd Yousuf                       Pak         738         43.19     777 v SA at Rawalpindi 2003

   6           S.Chanderpaul                     WI          733         40.49     754 v SA at Durban 1999

   7           Kevin Pietersen                    Eng         730         47.83     834 v Aus at Antigua 2007

   8           Sachin Tendulkar                                Ind          724         44.33     887 v Zim at Sharjah 1998

   9           Andrew Symonds                                Aus         719         40.34     778 v Ind at Nagpur 2007

  10         Matthew Hayden                                Aus         711         43.80     854 v Ind at Centurion 2003

  11         Chris Gayle                           WI          700         39.38     804 v Aus at Mumbai 2006

  12         Herschelle Gibbs                  SA           689         36.18     750 v SL at Durban 2003

  13         K. Sangakkara                     SL           680         35.66     760 v Ind at Rajkot 2007

  14         Michael Clarke                    Aus         677         42.46     756 v SL at Melbourne 2008

  15         Shoaib Malik                        Pak         676         35.75     685 v Ind at Lahore 2006

  16         Sanath Jayasuriya                              SL           675         32.69     838 v Ban at Pietermaritzburg 2003

  17=       Yuvraj Singh                        Ind          673         35.91     739 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2006

                AB de Villiers                        SA           673         35.57     733 v Ban at Dhaka 2008

  19         Jacques Kallis                       SA           672         45.24     816 v WI at Johannesburg 2004

  20         R.Sarwan                              WI          667         43.87     798 v Ind at St Kitts 2006

 

Bowlers

 

Rank                      Player   Team     Points    Avge      Economy              HS Rating Ranking

 

   1           Nathan Bracken                  Aus         755         21.87     4.33       806 v SL at St George\‘s 2007

   2           Daniel Vettori                       NZ          733         32.05     4.17       790 v Eng at Christchurch 2008

   3           Mitchell Johnson                 Aus         707         23.46     4.72       726 v Ban at Darwin 2008

   4           Kyle Mills                              NZ          697!        26.00      4.63       697 v Ban at Chittagong 2008

   5           Stuart Broad                         Eng         684*       26.21      4.77       701 v SA at Trent Bridge 2008

   6           M.Muralidaran                    SL           674         23.03     3.88       913 v NZ at Sharjah 2002

   7           Chaminda Vaas                  SL           672         27.54     4.18       861 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2004

   8           Andrew Flintoff                   Eng         668         23.99     4.35       755 v Ban at Dhaka 2003

   9           Jacob Oram                          NZ          664         30.14     4.39       768 v Aus at The Oval 2004

  10         Brett Lee                               Aus         657         22.96     4.71       853 v SA at Melbourne 2006

  11         Jerome Taylor                      WI          656         27.04     4.67       688 v SA at Cape Town 2008

  12         Shahid Afridi                        Pak         654         34.90     4.63       685 v Ind at Dhaka 2008

  13         Andre Nel                              SA           645         27.68     4.63       685 v Ban at Dhaka 2008

  14         Zaheer Khan                        Ind          637         28.82     4.84       700 v SA at Dhaka 2003

  15=       Daren Powell                        WI          632         32.18     4.63       686 v Aus at St George\‘s 2008

                Iftikhar Anjum                    Pak         632!        32.49      4.87       632 v Ban at Karachi 2008

                Stuart Clark                          Aus         632*!     27.82      4.90       632 v Ban at Darwin 2008

  18         Brad Hogg                            Aus         611         26.84     4.52       687 v Ind at Nagpur 2007

  19         Sohail Tanvir                        Pak         610*       28.11      4.92       619 v SL at Karachi 2008

  20         F. Maharoof                         SL           609         24.39     4.65       671 v Eng at Dambulla 2007

 

All-rounders

 

Rank      Player                   Team     Points                    HS Rating

 

   1           Jacob Oram          NZ          383!                       383 v Ban at Chittagong 2008

   2           Andrew Flintoff   Eng          375                        544 v SL at The Rose Bowl 2004

   3           Shoaib Malik        Pak         349                        402 v WI at Brisbane 2005

   4=        Jacques Kallis       SA           331                        505 v WI at Bridgetown 2001

                Shahid Afridi        Pak         331                        360 v Ind at Dhaka 2008

 

*Indicates a provisional rating

 

For more information and the full rankings go to www.iccreliancerankings.com.

 

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