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Skipper Virat Kohli becomes top ranked T20I batsman

Kohli overtook Australia’s Aaron Finch, who missed Monday’s 20-over clash against England in Cardiff, which the home side won by five runs.

Finch dropped 17 points to 854, which, in turn, means he now trails the Indian batsman -- who is currently on 861 -- by seven points. Moving up the batting table following Monday’s T20I <g data-gr-id="26">were rival</g> captains Eoin Morgan of England and Steven Smith of Australia.

Morgan slapped three fours and seven sixes in a 39-ball 74, which has helped <g data-gr-id="28">him</g> rise six places to eighth, while Smith’s 53-ball 90, which included seven boundaries and four sixes, has helped him rocket 62 places to 96th.

England’s Moeen Ali, meanwhile, has achieved a career-high 77th spot after his 46-ball 72, which included six fours and three sixes, which has seen him vault up 79 places.

In the bowling list, Australian pacer Pat Cummins, who had figures of 2/25 in the match, has moved up 11 places to join South African spinner Imran Tahir at the 14th spot. Australia’s Glenn Maxwell has moved up three places to 29th.

The bowlers’ rankings <g data-gr-id="24">is</g> headed by leg-spinner Samuel Badree of the West Indies. Meanwhile, Australia <g data-gr-id="31">have</g> dropped one place to third in the team rankings after Monday’s loss. They are one spot ahead of India.

This has put Pakistan in second place, six points behind World Twenty20 champions Sri Lanka. England <g data-gr-id="29">have</g> retained their eighth position on the table. 

Ishant, Pujara enter top-20 in Test rankings
 Pacer Ishant Sharma broke into the bowlers’ top-20, while Cheteshwar Pujara entered the top-20 of batsmen’s list as Indian cricketers gained significantly in the latest ICC Test rankings following their first series triumph in Sri Lanka in 22 years.

“Cheteshwar Pujara has broken into the top 20 of the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen for the first time in his career following the conclusion of the Colombo Test, which India won by 117 runs to clinch the series 2-1,” the ICC said in a statement.

The 27-year-old batsman carried his bat in the first innings and returned unbeaten on 145 not out, his seventh career century, which was the cornerstone of India’s first innings score of 312. For this performance, Pujara has been rewarded with a jump of four places, which puts him in 20th position.

Pujara is now the second India batsman to feature in the top 20, but following Virat Kohli’s drop to 11th (down by one place), the fifth-ranked side has no batsman inside the top 10.

Apart from Pujara, there were few other middle-order batsmen who made significant contributions to India’s cause at the Singhalese Sports Club, which, in turn, have helped them to head in the right direction.

Rohit Sharma has moved up two places to 48th, Ravichandran Ashwin has gained five places and is now in 50th spot, while Amit Mishra, who scored 59 in the first innings and featured in a 104 runs eighth wicket partnership with Pujara, has vaulted 56 places to 91st. It was a disappointing Test for Sri Lanka batsmen. 
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