Third-ranked South Africa will be aiming to narrow the gap with number-one ranked Australia in the Reliance ICC ODI Championship when it goes head to head with fourth-ranked Sri Lanka in a five-ODI series in Paarl on Wednesday.
South Africa currently trails second-ranked India by just two ratings points but AB de Villiers’ side will leapfrog Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side if it wins the series by 4-1 or better.
While a 4-1 series win will put South Africa ahead of India in second place by three ratings points, Sri Lanka will drop behind Pakistan in fifth position.
South Africa’s clean sweep of the series will put it on 123 ratings points, seven behind Australia, while Sri Lanka will join England on 106 ratings points but will be placed above England when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.
In a sharp contrast, Sri Lanka’s 5-0 series win will lift it to second place on 118 ratings while dropping the Proteas to fifth position on 106 ratings points.