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India become World No. 1 in both ODIs and Tests

The Indian Express logoThe Indian Express 24-09-2017
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India beat Australia by 5 wickets in the third ODI played between the two sides at Indore. Virat Kohli-led side retained the top spot in ODI rankings, previously held by South Africa, on Thursday after beating Australia by 50 runs in the second ODI at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

India were only two points behind South Africa in the top ICC ODI rankings while visitors Australia — who lost to India in the first ODI by 26 runs (D/L) — were at the third. The men in blue now stand at the top in rankings of both Test and ODI format.

However, they need to win two more matches to retain the spot as with South Africa staying stagnant, they tie the Proteas at 119 but claim the top spot on decimal points.

A sensational hat-trick from Kuldeep Yadav, who became the third Indian to claim ODI hat-trick after Kapil Dev and Chetan Sharma, helped India be the better side in the second ODI. After electing to bat first, the hosts rode high on captain Virat Kohli's 92 and Ajinkya Rahane’s 55 to make up for Rohit Sharma's early dismissal. For the Aussie bowlers, Nathan-Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson picked up three wickets.

Ravi Shastri's boys are now on an eight-match winning streak in ODIs, while Australia have lost their last 10 ODIs away from home.

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