Indian eves retain fourth spot in rankings despite World T20 early exit

Dubai, April.4 (ANI): Indian women’s cricket team have retained their number fourth spot, while Australia managed to sustain their top position in the latest ICC rankings despite losing to newly-crowned World Twenty20 champions West Indies.

West Indies pulled off a sensational run-chase to clinch their maiden Women’s World Twenty20 title after defeating defending champions and three-time holders Australia by eight wickets at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.

The victorious side have improved their numbers in the ICC Women’s Team Rankings moving up to 104 points, just three behind the hosts.

England, which finished the tournament as the semifinalist, have dropped a point to finish five point behind Australia. New Zealand have also gone down a point and are 13 points behind the leader in third position.

There are no changes in the bottom half, as South Africa, and Pakistan, Sri Lanka Bangladesh and Ireland have retained their sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th place respectively.

The player rankings have seen some significant changes with respect to the final four sides which featured in the semi-finals and final of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 India 2016.

Australia captain Meg Lanning, who scored a half-century in the final, has kept her number-one batting ranking, while team-mate Elyse Villani, who also scored a half-century, has moved up three places to 13th.

Gains were recorded for Jess Jonassen, Danielle Wyatt and Merissa Aguilleira, each advancing a spot to 35th, 45th and 47th positions respectively.

Hayley Matthews (54th), who top scored in the final with 66, and was key in West Indies’ successful run-chase against Australia, has earned a 26 place rise up the batters charts, and is now in striking distance of the top 50

As far as ICC’s ranking for women bowlers are concerned, West Indies’ Anisa Mohammed, who took the crucial wicket of Meg Lanning in the final, has gained a spot to enter the top five.

Australia’s Megan Schutt, with a total of seven wickets in the tournament, has stormed her way into the top 10 with an 11 place rise.

Player of the tournament Stafanie Taylor took a total of eight wickets, three of which came in the semi-final against New Zealand, and she moved up five places in the bowlers’ rankings to 35th, while team-mate Shamilia Connell has also gained five places to reach 45th.

Kristen Beams of Australia, who took a total of six wickets, with one each in the semi-final and final, was another major mover, she leaped up a massive 13 places to 44th, one position below Connell.

Amongst the all-rounders, Hayley Matthews was once again the stand-out performer as she improved her ranking to 25th, a 22-place rise for her.

The top 10 has barely seen any changes as Ellyse Perry, Dane van Niekerk, Stafanie Taylor, Salma Khatun and Deandra Dottin have retained their top-five all-rounder positions. (ANI)

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