Proteas close gap in ODI team rankings


South Africa has retained its third position but has reduced second-ranked India's advantage to two points in the ICC ODI team rankings following its three-two series victory, which concluded with a mammoth 214-run victory in Mumbai on Sunday.

The Proteas went into the series on 110 points, five adrift of MS Dhoni's men, but AB de Villiers' side fought back after conceding early ground to clinch the series in a dramatic final game.

Meanwhile, as a consequence of their three-two home series defeat, Zimbabwe has stayed in 10th place, a fraction ahead of Ireland, with Afghanistan one more point behind following its historic inaugural series victory over a Test playing country.

Rank    Team             Points

1        Australia           127

2        India                 114

3       South Africa      112

4       New Zealand     109

5       Sri Lanka           103

6       England             100

7       Bangladesh        96

8       West Indies         88

9       Pakistan              88

10     Zimbabwe          46

11      Ireland              46

12     Afghanistan       45