Irrespective of how the final ODI in Centurion pans out, India will remain the top-ranked 50-over side. © BCCI

Irrespective of how the final ODI in Centurion pans out, India will remain the top-ranked 50-over side. © BCCI

The unassailable 4-1 lead in the One-Day International series against South African has ensured that India cemented their position at the top of the latest ODI rankings, the International Cricket Council announced on Wednesday (February 14).

India overtook South Africa after beating them by 73 runs in the fifth ODI in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

India came into the six-match series in second spot on 119 points, behind South Africa who had 121 points. After taking a 2-0 lead in the series, India regained the top spot, but had to win four of six matches to retain that ranking after the series. Irrespective of how the final ODI in Centurion pans out, India will remain the top-ranked 50-over side. They are also the top-ranked Test team.

However, should South Africa win on Friday, India will shed one point to become No. 1 with 121 points and the hosts will stand second on 119 points.

This is the fifth time India have taken the top spot in ODI rankings and the first time since October 2017. India first rose to the top spot in January 2013.

Rabada fined

Kagiso Rabada, the South African pacer, has been fined 15% of his match fee and received one demerit point for giving Shikhar Dhawan, the India opener, a send-off on Tuesday.

The incident happened in the eighth over of India’s innings when Rabada, after dismissing Dhawan, waved at the batsman and also made a comment which could have resulted in a reaction from the batsman.

Rabada’s overall tally now stands at five demerit points on his disciplinary record after receiving three demerit points during the ODI series against Sri Lanka in February last year, and one demerit point during the Lord’s Test against England in July 2017.

He was subsequently suspended from the Trent Bridge Test against England after his accumulated demerit points reached four following the Lord’s breach.

If he reaches the next threshold of eight points before the second week of February 2019, he will be suspended again, this time for either two Tests, one Test and two ODIs/Twenty20 Internationals, or four ODIs/T20Is – whichever comes first for the player.