After defeating India 4-1 in the five-match ODI series that ended on 17th March, the Proteas have jumped to take the second position in the ICC ODI team rankings.
Winning 10 out of their previous 11 ODIs, the South African team over-powered India in their tour as this was also their third successive ODI victory.
Gaining 7 points after their victory, they moved up two spots taking their points to 118, just one point ahead of England.
South Africa opener Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt posted the highest ever opening partnership in the series, by putting 169 runs on board. The Proteas top order outperformed in all their games leading their side to a huge victory. Lee was the top scorer of the series with a total of 288 runs in just 4 innings that she played, hitting two half-centuries and a ton.
India’s Punam Raut was the top performer on the Indian side, but her half-centuries and a century went into vain as South Africa claimed the championship.
Lara Goodall’s performance proved to be a sight worth watching, and looking at her recent performances, she also made her entry into the 2022 World Cup squad.
The latest ICC ODI Rankings are:
India and South Africa will lock horns again in the three-match T20I series starting 20th March.
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