India sets sights on number one position in Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship

      India has a chance to regain the number one position in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship for the third time in as many months when it takes on Australia in the seven-match ODI series which begins in Vadodara on Sunday. Second-placed India had surged to the top of the ladder after defeating New Zealand in its opening match in the tri-series in Colombo on 11 August and then again following South Africa ’s loss to Sri Lanka in the ICC Champions Trophy 2009 opener at Centurion on 22 September. However, time spent at the top has been short for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side as it slipped back into second position after losing to Sri Lanka at Colombo on 12 August and then to Pakistan at Centurion on 26 September. Nevertheless, if India manages to beat Australia by 4-3 or better in this series, it will be guaranteed a place at the top – this time for a longer period. A 4-3 result will put India on 127 ratings points, one ahead of Australia, and a 5-2 result will take it to 129 ratings points while dropping Australia to 124 ratings points, just three ahead of South Africa which takes on Zimbabwe in the two ODIs at the Willowmoore Park in Benoni and at Centurion in Pretoria on 8 and 10 November before hosting England in a five-ODI series from 20 November. A 6-1 victory for Dhoni’s side will put it on 131 ratings points, nine clear of Australia , while a 7-0 sweep will take it to 133 ratings points while pushing Australia into third position on 120 ratings points. In fact, India can go to top of the table as early as 28 October provided it wins both the Vadodara and Nagpur ODIs. To check ODI Championship table on a match-by-match basis, please go to http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/match_zone/odi_predictor.php. Australia needs to win the series to retain its number-one position. An Australia 4-3 win will mean both the sides maintain their pre-series ratings while a 5-2 or better series win will strengthen Australia ’s position at the top. A 6-1 or 7-0 loss will push India to third behind South Africa . A 6-1 defeat will drop the home side to 119 ratings points while its failure to win any match in the series will cost it eight ratings points.

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