Australia Regained the Top Spot in ODI Rankings 2023
5-time world champion Australia has regained the top spot in the ODI cricket rankings after winning the series against India in 2023. They beat the hosts by 21 runs in the 3rd and final ODI in Chennai. As a result, Steve Smith’s team won the series by 2-1.
After winning this match, Australia’s rating is currently 113.286. On the other hand, India’s rating is now 112.638. Before the start of the match, India was 114 and Australia was 112.
— ICC (@ICC) March 23, 2023
After an easy win in Visakhapatnam, Australia is sweating to win this match. Batting first, Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head got off to a flying start. Just when it looked like Australia was on its way to a big score, Hardik Pandya provided the breakthrough for India.
After the 68-run partnership, Hardik brought back Marsh, and in the next over, he dismissed Smith for no runs. He then guided David Warner to the field with a brilliant catch. Australia, who lost 5 wickets for 138 runs, then got a partnership of 58 runs from Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey. Although these two returned together, Australia was able to make a challenging score of 269 runs due to the tenacity of the tailenders.
Like Australia, India got off to a great start in response. Rohit Khan was caught playing his favorite pool shot. Shubman Gill, who was playing well, was then quickly brought back by Adam Zampa.
Virat Kohli and Lokesh Rahul continued to lead India cautiously. When Rahul started playing a bit more freely, Zampa came in and dismissed him to break the 69-run stand. Axar Patel could not benefit by coming up in the batting order. Smith and Carrey were run out and went back.
Ashton Agar sent back Kohli and Suriya in his last over. Suriya made a shameful record of 3 consecutive golden ducks. Zampa put the final nail in India’s coffin by bringing back Hardik and Ravindra Jadeja. Mohammad Sami gave hope with 2 boundaries but Stoinis had the last laugh by sending him back. Australia won by 21 runs through a run-out in the last over.