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CRICKET: West Indies women close in on fourth ranked India

Published:Monday | April 4, 2016 | 4:01 PM
Former Pakistan cricketer and ICC chief Zaheer Abbas hands the trophy to the West Indies team after they defeated Australia in the final of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2016 cricket tournament at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India on Sunday.

West Indies women are closing in on fourth- ranked India after they pulled off a major upset to capture the T20 World Cup in India on Sunday.

West Indies Women who completed an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Australian Women in the final, have moved-up to 104 points, just three behind India.

Australia have managed to keep its top rating, and are closely followed in second place by semi-finalist England which have dropped a point and now five points behind Australia.

New Zealand has also gone down a point and at 115 are 13 behind the leader in third.

West Indies women players also rose significantly in the rankings, released by the ICC today. 

Player of the final Hayley Matthews was rewarded with a 26-place jump in batting rankings and a 22-place move up in the all-rounder rankings.

Matthews, who top scored in the final with 66 and was key to the successful run chase against Australia by the West Indies, is now within striking distance of the top 50 while her senior colleague Merissa Aguilleira  has advanced to 47th position.

The bowlers too have a lot to celebrate with Anisa Mohammed, who took the crucial wicket of Meg Lanning in the final, gaining a spot to enter the top five.

Player of the tournament Stafanie Taylor, who took a total of eight wickets, three of which came in the semi-final against New Zealand, moved up five places in the bowlers’ rankings to 35th.