South Africa’s Lizelle Lee, who had been in phenomenal form during the five-match ODI series against West Indies, has joined Indian skipper Mithali Raj in topping the ICC Women’s ODI Batting Rankings. Lee claimed up the cricket ranking owing to her blistering performances in the first and the third ODIs of the series that played an instrumental role in helping South Africa take an unassailable 3-0 lead.
Lee struck a brilliant unbeaten 91 in the first ODI of the series helping the team successfully chase the target of 154 runs and seal the victory by eight wickets. She continued with her magnificent form in the third ODI at Coolidge Cricket Ground on Monday, playing a swashbuckling knock of an unbeaten 78 runs and took the team to a breezy eight-wicket victory by chasing the target of 158 runs with 80 balls remaining. With this, she is now at par with Mithali Raj at 762 rating points to top the ODI batting ranking.
Furthermore, in the ODI bowling rankings, Lee’s compatriot Ayabonga Khaka has also made major gains to move up a spot to No.7 in the cricket ranking after a fine display in the first two ODIs. She picked up four wickets going at just two runs per over, which helped the team greatly in sealing victory by a large margin in the matches.
Apart from them, South Africa’s Dane van Niekerk has also moved up one position to acquire the seventh spot in the ODI ranking for all-rounders. Although she didn’t get a chance to showcase her batting prowess in the first two ODIs, she did a fine job with the ball and scalped four wickets at an impressive economy of 1.85 to bundle up the opponents to a paltry total in the matches.
From the West Indies side, no player made any gains and in fact, Stafanie Taylor slipped two spots to land up at the seventh position in the batting rankings and slipped one position in the all-rounders’ rankings.
The T20I rankings saw England’s Sarah Glenn move up to the second spot among bowlers after a successful series against New Zealand, which England won 2-1. For New Zealand, Leigh Kasperek, who ended the series as the top wicket-taker of climbed up seven places to 15th position.
Zimbabwe’s Modester Mupachikwa has made some massive gains from the first three games of the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifiers make huge gains in the T20I rankings for batters, moving up from No.30 to the 20th spot.
Zimbabwe skipper Mary-Anne Musonda also rose up the T20I rankings owing to her unbeaten half-century against Tanzania. She moved up 14 places to rank 52 in the batter rankings
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