Sri Lanka must win to retain No.1 T20I ranking

Sri Lanka goes head to head with New Zealand in a two-match Twenty20 International series needing to win, at least, one match to retain its top position on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings Table.

Sri Lanka, currently ranked number one with 128 ratings, needs to win one of the two matches in the series against New Zealand to retain the top spot. Sri Lanka enters the series leading seventh-ranked New Zealand by 25 ratings points. Because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, Sri Lanka’s failure to win both the matches will result in it losing as many as eight points, which means either India, South Africa or Pakistan could become the number-one ranked side, depending on how the series between South Africa and Pakistan pans out.

However, if Sri Lanka wins a match in the series, it will retain the number-one ranking and will increase the lead if it makes it two out of two against the Blackcaps.

In the scenario of New Zealand beating Sri Lanka 2-0, either South Africa or Pakistan will need to make a clean sweep to claim the top spot from Sri Lanka.

However, if South Africa and Pakistan end up with a 1-1 deadlock, then India will move to the top of the tree.

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