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ICC Women’s T20 rankings: Smriti Mandhana, Poonam Yadav remain static

India opener Smriti Madhana and leg spinner Poonam Yadav remained static at third and second spots respectively in the batting and bowling charts of the ICC Women T20 Players’ Ranking released on Friday.

Mandhana, who was the stand-in captain in place of regular skipper Harmanpreet Kaur in the three-match series against England, currently occupies the the third spot in the batting chart with 698 points behind New Zealand’s Suzie Bates (767 points) and West Indies’ Deandra Dottin (725 points).

Young Jemimah Rodrigues continued to sit on the sixth spot while Harmanpreet, who missed the series against England owing to an ankle injury, is ranked 10th.

England’s middle-order batter Natalie Sciver and the opening pair of Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont all made notable gains in the rankings after their consistent performances in a recent 3-0 series win over Sri Lanka.

Sciver has moved up one place to 13th spot in the list of batters after unbeaten scores of 49, 10 and 11 during the series.

Wyatt has advanced two slots to 15th spot after scoring 103 runs in the series including a half-century in the final match on Thursday while Beaumont has gained eight places to reach 18th after scoring 76 runs in the series.

Amy Jones is another one to gain in the latest rankings update carried out on Friday, advancing 25 places to 45th position after scoring 111 runs in the three matches.

Among Indian bowlers, Poonam retained her second position behind Australia’s Megan Schutt while left-arm spinner Radha Yadav shared the fifth spot with South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail.

Among England’s bowlers, Linsey Smith has moved from 95th to 58th position after taking four wickets in the series, Kate Cross has moved up from 71st to 63rd while Laura Marsh has gone up from 82nd to 64th

For Sri Lanka, Imalka Mendis has moved up 15 places to 94th position and Oshadi Ranasinghe has moved from 172nd to 144th position among batters. Inoshi Fernando has advanced 30 places to 183rd among bowlers.

In the ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings, India continues to remain in the fifth spot. Australia leads the table with 283 points followed by England on 278 points. Sri Lanka has lost one point and are now on 205 points but remain in the eighth position while the West Indies are fourth.

Source: thehindu.com

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