Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav and all-rounder Hardik Pandya have made huge gains in the ICC T20I men’s rankings after fine efforts in the first T20I of their three-game series against Australia in Mohali on Tuesday, with the former overtaking Pakistani Babar Azam to win the third place. Yadav has moved up one place after scoring 46 from 25 balls, while Pandya’s shot from 71 in 30 balls took him 22 places to 65th position. Pandya has also caught up with Australian Glenn Maxwell to take fifth among the all-rounders.
Axar Patel has moved up the bowler’s list, his draw of three for 17 takes him from 57th to 33rd position.
For Australia, Player of the Match Cameron Green has entered the top 100 after breaking a 30-ball 61, while fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, who took two wickets in the match, maintains the No. 1 position in the bowlers list.
When India came to the Mohali T20I, after beating Australia first, India lost skipper Rohit Sharma (11) and Virat Kohli (2) for cheap scores. This left the Men in Blue struggling on 35/2. KL Rahul (55) and Suryakumar Yadav (46) then stabilized the innings with a score of 68 runs. Then Hardik Pandya played a brilliant 71* knockout from just 30 balls with seven fours and five sixes to end the innings at 208/6.
Pacers Nathan Ellis (3/30) and Josh Hazlewood (2/39) were the most successful Australian bowlers.
In the chase of 209, openers Aaron Finch (22) and Cameron Green made a quickfire 39-run tie to give Australia a solid start. Green played some really impressive strokes and pulled off a 70-run tie with Steve Smith (35). Green was fired for an impressive 61 from 30 balls.
Hereafter, Men in Blue made a comeback into the game, taking wickets from Smith, Glenn Maxwell (1) and Josh Inglis (17) within a space of just 36 runs. But wicketkeeper-batter Matthew Wade (45*) and debutant Tim David (18) stitched a 62-run tie to help the Aussies win the game by four wickets, ending the innings at 211/6.
On the other hand, Pakistani opener Mohammad Rizwan has cemented his position at the top of the batter list after scoring a 46-ball 68 in the first of seven T20Is against Australia at home.
Rizwan has racked up 15 rating points to reach a career-best 825 rating points, 33 more than second-placed Aiden Markram from South Africa.
Fast Bowler Haris Rauf (up four places to 31st), spinners Mohammad Nawaz (up three places to 31st) and Usman Qadir (up 16 places to 102nd) are the other Pakistani players rising on the list.
For England, left-arm bowler Sam Curran has moved 19 spaces to 52nd position while batters. Alex Hales (126th) and Harry Brook (147th) also won after contributing to their win.
Coming to this game, in the first innings, Pakistan posted 158/7 in their 20 overs, with notable contributions from openers Mohammad Rizwan (68) and skipper Babar Azam (31). The rest of the Pakistani batters were unable to take advantage of the momentum provided by the openers, which made it an 85-run tie. Only Iftikhar Ahmed (28) could offer some resistance to tight bowling from England and the hosts had to settle for a mediocre total.
Luke Wood (3/24) impressed on his debut, not allowing the hosts to form major partnerships after the power play. Adil Rashid (2/27) also delivered his spin.
Alex Hales (53) and the youngster Harry Brook (42*) chased 159 and played great shots to get England across the finish line and win the match by six wickets. The duo broke into a 55-run tie after England left at 87/3. Dawid Malan (20) and Ben Duckett (21) also made vital contributions. England finished 160/4 in 19.2 overs.
Spinner Usman Qadir (2/36) was the lead bowler for Pakistan. Pacers Haris Rauf and Shahnawaz Dahani also took a wicket each.
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