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Recently concluded ICC Women’s Championship series between Pakistan and South Africa ended 1-1 with the final match ending in an exciting tie. Since it was the only ODI bilateral series being played, Pakistan and South Africa players made significant leaps in the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings released today.

Drawn series meant both the teams shared the points to New Zealand in the points table with South Africa now in fourth position with 16 points from 15 matches and Pakistan on 15 from as many matches. Despite being sixth in the table, New Zealand have already secured a direct qualification as hosts for the 2021 World Cup. That leaves four more teams to fight for the direct qualification spot.

Australia have already secured their berth with 22 points in 12 matches. England are currently second in the tables and India are in third with 18 and 16 points respectively. Whatever decision India will take, whether to play against Pakistan or not, will have huge consequences on the race to direct qualification.

There has been few movers and shakers in the players’ rankings as well. In the batting department, Laura Wolvaardt, who topped the series with 134 runs, has moved up three spots to reach 15th position, while Nashra Sandhu has moved up five positions to 21st among bowlers.

Among other batters, Javeria Khan has moved up two places to 22nd, Aliya Riaz moved up 25 places to 80th position and South Africa captain Sune Luus moves up 10 slots to 35th position. Nida Dar moved up four places to 35th whereas Klass has secured 41st place. Alia Riaz also moved up in bowling department with a jump of 16 places to 79th spot.

Current World No. 3 bowler Sana Mir, who is leading the bowling table in the Championship with 35 wickets, has passed West Indies’ Anisa Mohammed and Australia’s Lisa Sthalekar to become the most successful spinner in the ODIs.

Some Highlights of the ODI Rankings:

Batting

• Laura Wolvaardt (SA) up three places to 15th
• Javeria Khan (Pak) up two places to 22nd
• Sune Luus (SA) up 10 places to 35th
• Aliya Riaz (Pak) up 25 places to 80th
• Nashra Sandhu (Pak) up 10 places to 83rd
• Tumi Sekhukhune (SA) up 13 places to 123rd
• Umaima Sohail (Pak) up 27 places to 139th

Bowling

• Nashra Sandhu (Pak) up five places to 21st
• Nida Dar (Pak) up four places to 35th
• Masabata Klaas (SA) up five places to 41st
• Chloe Tryon (SA) up three places to 54th
• Tumi Sekhukhune (SA) up 10 places to 60th
• Aliya Riaz (Pak) up 16 places to 79th
• Umaima Sohail (Pak) up 17 places to 106th

There has been no changes in Top 10 batters and bowlers. As on 13th May 2019, Smriti Mandhana of India is leading the batting charts with 802 points whereas her compatriot Jhulan Goswami is leading the bowling charts with 731 points. Australia’s Ellyse Perry is the leading allrounder with 500 points.

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