Dubai, India’s five-wicket defeat against Bangladesh in Asia Cricket Cup league match helped South Africa secured second position in ICC ODI Championship table at the April 1 cut-off date.
The defeat last night resulted in Indian team slipping from 118 ratings points to 116 ratings point and now even victories against arch-rivals Pakistan in Asia Cup match on Sunday and then again on Thursday if it manages to reach the final, will not be enough to overtake South Africa.
So AB de Villiers’s side won a prize of $75,000 for this achievement. This is in addition to $75,000 it won on Sunday after finishing second to England in the ICC Test Championship table.
Australia has won cash award of $175,000 after confirming its status as No.1 ranked ODI side in the world following its victory over West Indies in first ODI Friday at Kingstown. The 64-run triumph has kept Shane Watson’s side on 127 ratings points but more importantly this means it cannot drop behind second-ranked South Africa even if it loses remaining four ODIs of current series. If Australia loses remaining matches, it will finish on 120 ratings points — one ahead of South Africa.
Apart from winning cash award, the four-time world champions also retained prestigious ODI Championship shield for third year running.
England retained Test Championship mace and earned $175,000 when it secured No.1 position after rain had the last laugh on fifth and last day of Dunedin Test between New Zealand and South Africa, which ended in a draw.
South Africa entered in three-Test series against New Zealand, needing to win all matches to leapfrog England. And though it may end up winning last two Tests, it will not be enough to put it ahead of Andrew Strauss’s side before cut-off date.