Here’s How Pakistan Can Overtake South Africa In ODI Rankings

Despite a struggling start to the series against South Africa in their own backyard, Pakistan aim to bounce back in the third and final Test match of the series after being 2-0 down.

Following the Test match series, Pakistan will then play a 5-match ODI match series against South Africa where the Greens have the chance to overtake their opponents in the ICC rankings.

Currently, Pakistan are ranked 5th with 102 points whereas South Africa sit one position above the Greens with 111 points. Here’s the complete breakdown of how the points tally will look after each scenario of the 5-match ODI series:

Scenarios South Africa Points Pakistan Points
South Africa win 5-0 115 98
South Africa win 4-1 113 99
South Africa win 3-2 111 101
Pakistan win 3-2 109 103
Pakistan win 4-1 107 105
Pakistan win 5-0 105 108

Pakistan has fallen off the pace in recent times in the ODI format and it is evident from the fact that Greens still won’t be able to overtake South Africa even after winning the series 4-1.

In order for Pakistan to climb to the 4th spot after the series, they would have to ensure a flawless performances and whitewash the South Africans in their own backyard.

Despite it being a difficult task, Pakistan can take some comfort in knowing that they delivered a remarkable performance the last time they traveled to South Africa in 2013-14.

Pakistan lost the T20I series due to D/L method whereas won the ODI series 2-1 which included a dramatic 1 run victory in the 2nd ODI.

The signs are there that Pakistan can manage to disrupt the South Africans. But to register a whitewash in their own backyard? We will have to wait and see.

Sports Analyst & Head of Sports Desk.


  • Series whitewash koi nhn kare ga decision 3-2 pe jaye ga, Pakistan ODI mein behtar hai bowling mein , baat sari batting par aa aa jati hai, par agar pehle batting karte Pakistan ne 270-80 ka target set kar diya to , Hafeez Shadab Imad Hassan aur Shaheen chase nhn karne den ge

  • “Following the Test match series, Pakistan will then play a 5-match Test match series against South Africa where the Greens have the chance to overtake their opponents in the ICC rankings.” What does this sentence mean? Author care to explain?


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