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09-20-2017, 07:26 PM
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ICC ODI Rankings Top Spot Beckons Virat Kohli & Co in Kolkata
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New Delhi: The Indian cricket team will storm onto the top spot in the ICC ODI Rankings if they manage to beat Australia in the second match of the five-match series at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.

Virat Kohli and his troops are currently ranked second in the table, two points behind top-placed South Africa. Meanwhile, Australia — who lost to India in the first ODI by 26 runs (D/L) — are marginally behind the 'Men in Blue' at third.

A win for India in the second ODI will see them leapfrog the Proteas into first spot as they will be ahead on decimal points. While a loss for India will see the table remain unchanged as it was before this series began — South Africa will be first, Australia will be second and India third.

History suggests that India is in a strong position to do the needful as in the last three outings against Australia in a bilateral series at home, the 'Men in Blue' haven't lost the second match of the series against their illustrious rivals. (2009 - India won the 2nd ODI by 99 runs at Nagpur ; 2010 - India won the 2nd ODI by 5 wickets at Vizag ; 2013 - India won the 2nd ODI by 9 wickets at Jaipur).

Also, recent form also puts India in the driver's seat as Virat Kohli's boys are on a seven-match winning streak in ODIs, while Australia have lost their last 9 ODIs away from home.

If India do take a 2-0 lead in the series, they will go on to lead the charts in both ICC ODI and Test rankings. India is also the number-one ranked Test side, 15 points ahead of South Africa.

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