India at fourth spot in LG ICC ODI rankings

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Dubai, Mar 7 (UNI) Fresh from their victory in the Commonwealth Bank tri-series Down Under, India occupies the fourth spot in the LG ICC ODI rankings behind New Zealand while world champions Australia are on top of the list.

India (113 pts), who are closely trailed by arch-rivals Pakistan, have the same number of points as third placed New Zealand. But they trail the Kiwis when ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

Both Australia and South Africa are currently on 127 points but the Proteas are behind Ricky Ponting's side by just 0.529 of a point.

South Africa has the opportunity to dethrone Australia and secure the top spot in LG ICC ODI Championship table if they sweep the three-match series against Bangladesh starting in Chittagong on Sunday.

If the Proteas win the series 3-0, they will stay on 127 points but will lead the Aussies by 0.191 of a point.

If Bangladesh manages to win just one game, Australia will retain its top position, opening up a two-point gap with South Africa dropping to 125 points.

The sides that lead the Test and ODI ladders on the cut-off date of April 1, will pocket 175,000 dollars each while the sides that lie second will collect 75,000 dollars each.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka, who failed to qualify for the CB Series finals, are in the sixth position with 107 points.

England (105 pts) and West Indies (96 pts) are at the seventh and eighth spots respectively.

Bangladesh (47 pts) Ireland (28 pts) and Kenya (0 pts) lie at the bottom of the pile.

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