England stay in touch at ODI summit

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England no longer hold top spot in the International Cricket Council ODI rankings, but victory over India in Dharamsala kept Alastair Cook’s side hot on the heels of their opponents.

By winning the fourth match of five at Mohali on Wednesday, India ensured they would end the series at the summit of the rankings.

Yet England’s seven-wicket win in the Himalayan foothills lifted them alongside their hosts on 119 points, with India ahead by 0.2 when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

Both teams are six points clear of Australia, with South Africa slipping to 112 points following their shock 2-1 series loss against New Zealand, England’s next opponents.

The side that tops the table on April 1 will collect a cheque for US$175,000, with the team in second receiving US$75,000.

In the batting rankings Alastair Cook rises a place to seventh after his 207 series runs and in the bowling table Steven Finn is up one to fifth on the back of his seven wickets.

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