Asia Cup: Sri Lanka can leapfrog India in ODI rankings

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India's Virat Kohli and Sri Lanka's Angelo Matthews.

India's Virat Kohli and Sri Lanka's Angelo Matthews.

The tie-up between India and Sri Lanka has greater importance as Sri Lanka is nipping behind India’s second place in the ICC ODI rankings.  If Angelo Matthews’ fourth-ranked men sweep the Asia Cup, they grab the number two position from India in the ODI rankings and a special prize from the ICC.

The side that finishes on top of the ODI rankings table at the 1 April cut-off date receives a shield and a cheque of US$175,000, while the side that finishes second receives US$75,000 from the ICC, according to a statement.

The first prize is guaranteed for Australia since Carke’s men have an unattainable lead over the Indians, even if Kholi’s men sweep the Asia Cup.

But if India wins even one of its matches during the Asia Cup, it will hold onto the number-two position, in spite of losing up to three ratings points to finish on 112, a statement from the ICC added.