Zimbabwe players achieve best-ever rankings

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Zimbabwe's historic 24-run victory over Pakistan in the second Test on Saturday helped their players achieve their best-ever rankings in the latest update of the ICC Test player rankings.

Zimbabwe's historic 24-run victory over Pakistan in the second Test on Saturday helped their players achieve their best-ever rankings in the latest update of the ICC Test player rankings.

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor moved up 15 places to a career-best 25th on the batting list following knocks of 51 and 27 in the Harare Test. Also moving up was Hamilton Masakadza, who shifted to 66th place (up by 40 places) after his knocks of 75 and 44.

Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq's contributions of 33 and 79 not out may have gone in vain, but he moved up three places to 12th on the rankings. Player of the series Younis Khan remained his country's highest-ranked batsman, in sixth position.

The Test batting list is still headed by Hashim Amla, followed by West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul and South Africa's AB de Villiers.

For Zimbabwe, player of the match Tendai Chatara moved to a career-best 55th spot (up by 21) on the bowling list after his match figures of six for 105, including a match-winning spell of five for 61 in the second innings.

Tinashe Panyangara, who had figures of three for 43 and one for 43, was at a best-ever 62nd (up by 25).

Meanwhile, Abdur Rehman moved up two places to 11th after his figures of three for 47 and two for 40 in the match. The other Pakistan bowler to move up was Junaid Khan, who moved to a career-best 32nd (up by two).

The bowling list is still headed by South Africa's Dale Steyn, with teammate Vernon Philander in second place.

Saeed Ajmal swapped places with Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath and dropped again to fourth. Saeed's 11-wicket haul in the first Test had helped him gain 36 ratings points to regain the number-three slot from Herath.

However, after picking up just three wickets in the second Test, Saeed dropped 34 ratings points and returned to fourth position.

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