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    India loss pushes SA up to 2nd in ODI rankings

    Dubai: India's five-wicket defeat to Bangladesh in an Asia Cup match in Mirpur on Friday helped South Africa secure the second position in the ICC ODI Championship table at the April 1 cut-off date.

    The defeat resulted in the Indian team slipping from 118 ratings points to 116 ratings points, and now even victories against Pakistan on Sunday and then again on Thursday if they manage to reach the final, will not be enough to overtake South Africa.

    AB de Villiers's side will win a prize of USD 75,000 for this achievement. This is in addition to the USD 75,000 they won on Sunday after finishing second to England in the ICC Test Championship table.

    Australia, meanwhile, have won a cash award of USD 175,000 after confirming their status as the No.1 ranked ODI side in the world following their victory over the West Indies in the first ODI at Kingstown on Friday.

    The 64-run triumph kept Shane Watson's side on 127 ratings points, but more importantly this means they cannot drop behind second-ranked South Africa even if they lose the remaining four ODIs of the current series. If Australia lose the remaining matches, they will finish on 120 ratings points - one ahead of South Africa.

    Apart from winning the cash award, the four-time world champions have also retained the prestigious ODI Championship shield for the third year running.

    England have retained the Test Championship mace and earned USD 175,000 when they secured the No.1 position after rain had the last laugh on the fifth and last day of the Dunedin Test between New Zealand and South Africa, which ended in a draw.

    South Africa had entered the three-Test series against New Zealand needing to win all the matches to leapfrog England. And though they may end up winning the last two Tests, it will not be enough to put them ahead of Andrew Strauss's side before the cut-off date.