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Pakistan And New Zealand Resume Battle For Fourth Place While India Can Go Top Of The ODI Championship If It Wins Tomorrow

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Pakistan And New Zealand Resume Battle For Fourth Place While India Can Go Top Of The ODI Championship If It Wins Tomorrow

Hussey replaces Yuvraj in second place as India fast bowlers are on a charge

Bangladesh's Shakib returns to the top 20 while Price becomes highest-ranked Zimbabwe bowler in 14th place ICC ODI Championship predictor function available on http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/match_zone/odi_predictor.php

Pakistan and New Zealand resume their battle for fourth place in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship when they go head to head in the three-match series at Abu Dhabi from Tuesday.

New Zealand, which had leapfrogged Pakistan into its current position after defeating Younus Khan's side by five wickets in the ICC Champions Trophy 2009 semi-final at The Wanderers on 3 October, currently sits on 110 ratings points while Pakistan is just one ratings point behind.

However, the green shirts can regain fourth place if it wins the three-match ODI series to be played at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.

If Pakistan wins the series 3-0 it will jump to 115 ratings points while New Zealand will drop to seventh position on 104 ratings points. A 2-1 series win for Pakistan will take it to 111 ratings points and will push New Zealand to 108 ratings points.

A clean sweep of the series will help New Zealand strengthen its fourth position on 115 ratings points while Pakistan will slip to seventh on 104 ratings points. A 2-1 series win for the Black Caps will earn it one rating point which will take Daniel Vettori's side to 112 ratings points while Pakistan will concede two ratings points to drop to 108 ratings points.

Meanwhile, the fight for the coveted number-one position is getting interesting with second-placed India narrowing the gap with leader Australia to just one ratings point after taking a 2-1 lead in the seven-match ODI series.

India, which had trailed Australia by four ratings points before the start of the series, can go ahead of Australia if it wins the fourth ODI at Mohali on Monday. An Australian victory will mean Ricky Ponting's side will open the gap to three ratings points.

To check ODI Championship table on a match-by-match basis, please go to http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/match_zone/odi_predictor.php.

In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues to lead the table but Australia vice-captain Mike Hussey has jumped three places to take second spot while India vice-captain Yuvraj Singh has slipped to third position.

Hussey had trailed Yuvraj by 12 points before the start of the series but scores of 73, 53 and 81 not out have helped him earn 38 points and he is now just eight points away from breaking into the 800-point mark.

The other batsman to make an upward movement is India's Gautam Gambhir who has climbed two places to 14th position but his team-mate Virender Sehwag has dropped two places to 12th spot.

The biggest movers in the latest batting rankings are Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh, and Hamilton Masakadza of Zimbabwe. Bangladesh leads the five-match ODI series 2-1.

Shakib, who scored a whirlwind 105 not out off 69 balls which included15 fours and three sixes in the second ODI, has broken into the top 20 after jumping five places to 20th spot while Tamim, who has scored 111 in the series to date, has moved up four spots to 31st place.

Masakadza, who is the leading run-getter in the series with 128 runs, has jumped 19 places to 38th position.

In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, Zimbabwe left-arm spinner Ray Price has achieved a career-best 14th rank after rising nine places while Bangladesh's left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak has rocketed 17 places to 23rd spot.

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has slipped two places to 13th while India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has dropped one place to share the 19th spot with New Zealand's Jacob Oram.

Outside the top 20, India fast bowlers Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Ashish Nehra are heading in the right direction. Kumar has moved to 22nd position after rising three places, Sharma has jumped four places to 30th spot and Nehra has shot 22 places to 70th.

The list is still headed by New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Mills who leads Sri Lanka's Nuwan Kulasekara by 10 points with Vettori another two points behind in third place.

In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders, Australia's Shane Watson has dropped out of the top five. Watson has slipped five places to ninth, allowing Oram to return to fifth place.

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Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship (as of 1 November, after third ODI between India - Australia and Bangladesh - Zimbabwe)

Rank Team Rating

1 Australia 127 2 India 126 3 South Africa 121 4 New Zealand 110 5 Pakistan 109 6 England 106 7 Sri Lanka 106 8 West Indies 76 9 Bangladesh 54 10 Zimbabwe 28 11 Ireland 25 12 Kenya 2

(Developed by David Kendix)

ICC One-Day Rankings (as of 1 November, after third ODI between India - Australia and Bangladesh - Zimbabwe)

Batsmen

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 ( - ) MS Dhoni Ind 843! 51.02 843 v Aus at Delhi 2009

2 (+3) Mike Hussey Aus 792 53.28 863 v NZ at Perth 2007

3 (-1) Yuvraj Singh Ind 773 37.88 794 v WI at Kingston 2009

4 (-1) Graeme Smith SA 763 41.03 792 v Ban at Dhaka 2008

5 (-1) AB de Villiers SA 761 39.60 765 v NZ at Centurion 2009

6 ( - ) S.Chanderpaul WI 747 41.66 793 v Eng at Guyana 2009

7 ( - ) Chris Gayle WI 744 39.94 804 v Aus at Mumbai 2006

8 ( - ) Ricky Ponting Aus 734 43.22 832 v NZ at Hobart 2007

9 ( - ) S. Tendulkar Ind 704 44.26 887 v Zim at Sharjah 1998 10 (+1) Jacques Kallis SA 701 45.10 816 v WI at Johannesburg 2004 11 (+1) Herschelle Gibbs SA 699 36.30 750 v SL at Durban 2003 12 (-2) Virender Sehwag Ind 696 34.12 774 v NZ at Auckland 2003 13 ( - ) M. Yousuf Pak 695 42.96 777 v SA at Rawalpindi 2003 14 (+2) G. Gambhir Ind 672 37.93 713 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009 15 (-1) Michael Clarke Aus 671 42.62 756 v SL at Melbourne 2008 16 (-1) K.Sangakkara SL 659 35.79 760 v Ind at Rajkot 2007 17 ( - ) Kevin Pietersen Eng 652 46.67 834 v Aus at Antigua 2007 18 ( - ) Shoaib Malik Pak 651 34.98 690 v WI at Abu Dhabi 2008 19 ( - ) R. Sarwan WI 646 43.04 798 v Ind at St Kitts 2006 20 (+5) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 644 36.23 645 v Zim at Dhaka 2009

Bowlers

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Econ HS Rating

1 ( - ) Kyle Mills NZ 710 26.20 4.66 723 v Aus at Melbourne 2009

2 ( - ) N. Kulasekara SL 700 27.41 4.50 749 v Pak at Lahore 2009

3 ( - ) Daniel Vettori NZ 698 31.89 4.16 790 v Eng at Christchurch 2008

4 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 681 32.24 4.08 709 v Zim at Bulawayo 2009

5 ( - ) Shane Bond NZ 666 20.38 4.24 811 v SA at St George's 2007

6 ( - ) Ajantha Mendis SL 652* 16.36 4.14 664 v SA at Centurion 2009

7= (+1) Dale Steyn SA 645*! 27.22 5.20 645 v Eng at Centurion 2009

(+1) M. Muralidaran SL 645 22.98 3.91 913 v NZ at Sharjah 2002

9 (-2) Nathan Bracken Aus 639 24.36 4.41 806 v SL at St George's 2007 10 (+1) Shahid Afridi Pak 638 34.69 4.62 685 v Ind at Dhaka 2008 11 (-3) M. Mortaza Ban 635 29.82 4.57 678 v Ind at Port-of-Spain 2007 12 (+1) Johan Botha SA 632 39.27 4.52 664 v Aus at Centurion 2009 13 (-2) Mitchell Johnson Aus 631 25.87 4.93 726 v Ban at Darwin 2008 14 (+9) Ray Price Zim 628* 35.73 3.70 632 v Ban at Dhaka 2009 15 (-1) Stuart Broad Eng 625 26.59 5.13 701 v SA at Trent Bridge 2008 16 (-1) Jerome Taylor WI 623 26.54 4.76 688 v SA at Cape Town 2008 17= ( - ) Andrew Flintoff Eng 618 24.38 4.39 755 v Ban at Dhaka 2003

(-1) Brett Lee Aus 618 23.01 4.72 853 v SA at Melbourne 2006 19= (+1) Jacob Oram NZ 611 30.99 4.39 768 v Aus at The Oval 2004

(-1) Harbhajan Singh Ind 611 33.20 4.28 735 v WI at Bridgetown 2002

All-rounders

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Rating

1 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 439 450 v Zim at Bulawayo 2009

2 ( - ) Yuvraj Singh Ind 361 362 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009

3 ( - ) Jacques Kallis SA 336 505 v WI at Bridgetown 2001

4 ( - ) Shahid Afridi Pak 320 360 v Ind at Dhaka 2008

5 (+1) Jacob Oram NZ 315 383 v WI at Queenstown 2008

*Indicates a provisional rating

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