Pakistan move up to fifth place on Test rankings

KARACHI: Pakistan cricket team regained its place among the top five Test teams with a 2-0 series win against South Africa.

Pakistan earned 8 rating points after beating South Africa in Karachi and Rawalpindi to jump to 5th position in the ICC Test Team Rankings. Pakistan was at the 7th position in the charts before the start of series while South Africa was placed fifth.

Pakistan are now at 5 spots with a rating of 90 points. South Africa dropped to six place with a rating of 89 while Sri Lanka dropped to seventh place with 83 points.

This is the first time since January 2017 that Pakistan team has ranked among top 5 Test teams in the ICC rankings.

New Zealand is currently at the top while India is at second place followed by Australia and England at third and fourth place respectively.

Earlier, Pakistan won its first series against South Africa since 2003 with a 95-run victory in the second Test on the fifth and final day in Rawalpindi.

South Africa were bowled out for 274 while chasing a target of 370 and Pakistan medium pacer Hasan Ali took five wickets for sixty runs.

Opener Aiden Markram scored a fighting 108 and Temba Bavuma 61. Pakistan won the first Test by seven wickets in Karachi.

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