Pakistan ahead of India in ICC championship table

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Dubai, Oct 30 (UNI) Even though Pakistan lost the ODI series against South Africa, it still manages to finish fourth in the LG ICC ODI Championship table, one position ahead of India.

Meanwhile, South Africa's 3-2 series win against Pakistan, completed with a 14-run victory in the final ODI in Lahore yesterday, has ensured it maintains the pressure on Australia at the top of the championship table.

Graeme Smith's side is now just five rating points behind the world champions and, with a three-match series to come against third-placed New Zealand in November and December, there is a chance for the Proteas to close that gap still further.

Pakistan lies fourth in the table but its hold on that position looks extremely tenuous, following back-to-back losses in Multan and Lahore.

Shoaib Malik's side is ahead of India, which lies in fifth position, but with the two sides set to face up to each other in five ODIs in early November, there is plenty of scope for things to change over the coming weeks.

The middle section of the table remains tight with just two rating points between four sides -- Pakistan, India, sixth-placed Sri Lanka and England, in the seventh spot.

Neither Sri Lanka nor England are set to play any more ODIs in 2007 and that means the West Indies could close the gap on them as it is scheduled to play five matches against Zimbabwe in November and December.

The West Indies, currently eighth in the ICC ODI championship table, is five points behind England and six points behind Sri Lanka.

ICC ODI Championship table: 1. Australia (128); 2. South Africa (123); 3. New Zealand (114); 4.

Pakistan (109); 5. India (109); 6. Sri Lanka (108); 7. England (107); 8. West Indies (102); 9. Bangladesh (48); 10. Ireland (28).

UNI

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