Rabada surges to top spot ahead of Champions Trophy

Kagiso Rabada, South Africa's 22-year-old pace sensation, has leapfrogged team-mate Imran Tahir to become the No. 1 ODI bowler in the world. He managed to hold on to the third spot in the ODI batsman's chart.

Rabada climbed four spots following the three-match ODI series against England, in which he was the leading wicket-taker with seven wickets at 21.71 - including 4 for 39 in the third game, which helped reduce England to 20 for 6 - and an economy rate of 5.42.

For example, Australia and India could overtake South Africa by the next rankings update if they win all their three league matches and South Africa loses all its three matches.

England captain Eoin Morgan has upped five places to reach 17th whilst South Africa's Quinton de Kock moved up to fourth.

The intense competition in the individual rankings justifies the tournament's name as players from the eight participating teams feature prominently in it and not much separates the top players in the fray.

On the batting front, both South Africa and England had three batsmen score more than 120 runs each.

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SA now turn their attention to the Champions Trophy‚ in which they play their first match against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Saturday. Shakib Al Hasan (BANG) - 62010.

The top three batsmen in ODI rankings include - South Africa's AB de Villiers with 874 points, Australia's David Warner marginally short of the first position with 871, and Virat Kohli with 852.

Joe Root's shot was then perhaps a signal of England's mis-adventure when he missed Parnell's full-length inswing to be plumb lbw. Best of them all arguably was Faf du Plessis' head-high take at second slip to account for Jos Buttler.

They put down six catches on Saturday‚ but their only blemish on Monday was the hard chance De Kock spilled off Keshav Maharaj for Jake Ball's wicket.

Meanwhile, South African skipper A.B.de Villiers top-ranked among batsmen. Martin Guptill (NZ) - 762T7.

  • Tabitha Byrd