Friday, January 30, 2009

South Africa Becomes No. 1 in ICC ODI Ranking

Winning the fifth and the last ODI of the five-match series, South Africa clinched the ODI series 4-1, and thus, replacing Australia from the coveted no. 1 spot of ICC ODI ranking. South Africa might have failed to gain the no. 1 position in test cricket, but they have now done it in ODI. No doubt, it is a big achievement for South Africa. To many, this is another dent to Australia’s dominance in world cricket.

Batting first, South Africa scored 288 runs after loosing 6 wickets at the end of 50 overs. Opener Hamish Amla missed another century being dismissed three runs before reaching the landmark. AB de Villiers scored 60 off 71 balls, and Duminy played a fiery innings of 60 runs off 42 balls. James Hopes picked up 3 wickets for Australia. Chasing down the target, Australia never looked to be on the right track throughout their chase and they got all out for 249 runs with an over in hand. Highest 78 runs came from middle order batsman Michael Hussey’s willow, and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin 63 runs from 50 balls. In fact, Australia lost 4 wickets for 53 runs. Young pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe picked up 4 wickets for the visitors. Hamish Amla was given the man of the match award, while Albie Morkel received the man of the series award.

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