Indian Premier League IPL 2019: Kings XI Punjab all set to trial mystery spinner from Iceland

first_imgKings XI Punjab have won two out of three games in IPL 2019.Kings XI Punjab defeated Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals.Kató Jónsson is a mystery spinner from Iceland. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Iceland is a country known for volcanoes and hot springs. The Nordic country made a big impact in the Euro 2016 encounters and also qualified for the 2018 World Cup. Iceland is more associated with football. But cricket? Apparently, Iceland is all set to make a big impression in the Indian Premier League 2019. Kings XI Punjab have roped in mystery spinner Kató Jónsson and he will attend trials to be part of the bowling arsenal for the remainder of the 2019 Indian Premier League. Jónsson will be the first player from the Scandinavian country to feature in one of the teams in the IPL. In a report on the Kings XI Punjab official website, the franchise highlighted the key factor in Jónsson’s acquisition. The Iceland mystery spinner is known as the fíflið or the backspinner, which when delivered with the fingers ripped under the ball, drops about half of its pace after bouncing, making it difficult for batsmen to time their shots. In a Facebook live conducted on the Kings XI Punjab official page, the Iceland spinner said, “It’s unbelievable. From watching the IPL on my computer to possibly becoming the first Nordic player to play in it is beyond my wildest dreams. I’m ready and can’t wait to get started.”  Satish Menon, the CEO of Kings XI Punjab, also told the official website, “This is what the IPL is all about,” Kings XI Punjab CEO Satish Menon told the official website of the franchise. “This proves that cricket is truly a global sport that knows no boundaries. To have a cricketer from Iceland in IPL would be historic and a testament to our belief that opportunity doesn’t discriminate.” Kings XI Punjab have started off well in the 2019 Indian Premier League, beating the Rajasthan Royals for the first time at the Sawai Mansingh stadium but the match was overshadowed by the mankading incident involving Ravichandran Ashwin and Jos Buttler. Kings XI Punjab, though, lost their second game against Kolkata Knight Riders after Mohammed Shami bowled a no-ball which resulted in Andre Russell smashing 48 runs as Kolkata Knight Riders won the match by 28 runs. In their previous encounter against Mumbai Indians, KL Rahul’s 71 and aggressive knocks from Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal helped Kings XI Punjab beat the Mumbai Indians by eight wickets. The next game for Kings XI Punjab will be against Delhi Capitals at the IS Bindra stadium in Mohali.   highlightslast_img read more

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No. 9 could be savior for injured LBs

first_imgAfter a sports summer dominated by “‘The Decision”‘ and some more age-old indecision by a certain age-old quarterback, I’ll take the liberty of assuming you’re thinking the same thing I am at this point — it’s good to be back.As Madison continues to return to form, Bret Bielema’s squad has been doing the same since Aug. 9, the opening of fall camp. With everyone and their mother hopping on the Badger bandwagon this summer — even the big boys at ESPN — expectations are as high as they have been since 2008.Yet, if you remember that campaign, you’ll recall those sky-high expectations resulted in a 7-6, 3-5 Big Ten season that was undoubtedly a disappointment. This year, however, the vibe is different, and the Badgers have the potential to best not only those lackluster results of two years ago, but also the entire conference.If, that is, the defense stays healthy.In as team-oriented a sport as football, designating one factor as the “key” to the success of a team may be a bit extreme. Yet, if these Badgers are to avoid another major letdown, maintaining the health of the defense is of utmost importance.Already this fall camp, sophomore linebacker Mike Taylor, junior linebacker Kevin Claxton and senior linebacker Culmer St. Jean have missed time with injuries. Notice a trend? Linebackers will surely be at a premium this season. Not to mention, senior strong safety Jay Valai, one of the unquestioned leaders of the defense, missed several practices with a concussion, and possible starting defensive tackle Jordan Kohout was out for a significant period of time with a bone bruise on his knee.Yes, injuries to linebackers are nothing new, and fall camp is just fall camp. However, the August injury report does reveal an honest assessment of the depth of this year’s roster.“If we were playing tomorrow, I’d be really, really worried,” defensive coordinator Dave Doeren said after practice last week.Particularly in regard to his linebackers, Doeren was concerned.“It’s decimated right now,” Doeren said of his linebacker unit. “Healthy, we got a ton of depth. But right now, we just got a lot of guys — none of them are serious injuries, they’re all guys that will be back within a week — today, there were five of them watching.”So, with these normally media-savvy coaches already using words such as “decimated” and “really, really worried”, what’s going to be said on October 2, when Big Ten play begins against Michigan State in East Lansing? Or two weeks later, when Ohio State invades Camp Randall? Or, once again, one week later in Iowa City?Now, before you crumple up the paper, chuck it in the trash and write me off as just an alarmist hack looking to raise trouble, let me present a reason for optimism: senior linebacker Blake Sorensen.Despite only having three starts at linebacker in his three years at UW, Sorensen has continually played a significant role in the Badger defense. Last year, the Eden Prairie, Minn. native played in all 13 games and proved his worth in the rotation, recording a career-high eight tackles against Northwestern and picking off his first pass against Hawaii. For the year, the former Mr. Football in Minnesota finished with 40 tackles — up from 14 apiece the previous two years — 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack.A player in Sorensen’s mold, though, does not have his worth accurately measured by statistics.“I love how smart he is, the way he sees football and learns it,” Doeren said of the senior linebacker. “His confidence in his own ability and knowledge base of our big picture — I wish I had five of him.”Coming from the generally even-keel Doeren, that praise speaks volumes of Sorensen’s ability. When Taylor — who originally tore the ACL in his right knee in week seven last season — was forced to have surgery again Aug. 17, reports had the starting outside linebacker out until possibility the MSU game. Consequently, Sorensen was thrust into the spotlight as the savior of the linebacker corps. This past week, the prognosis seemed to improve, though, as Bielema did not rule out Taylor for the opener.Regardless of when Taylor returns, Sorensen will see plenty of playing time, and knows how he will make his impact.“Just versatility,” Sorensen said of his best attributes. “I’m a senior, so I know all the positions pretty well and I feel like I can hop in any spot and do what the coaches ask and not miss a beat.”With running back John Clay garnering potential Heisman hype, quarterback Scott Tolzien receiving plenty of attention as leader of the offense and the mammoth offensive line picking up numerous preseason accolades, the defense has partly slid under the radar thus far. Given the depth the offense boasts at receiver, running back and on the O-line, the defensive depth chart raises more question marks.With Sorenson filling in for Taylor, reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year Chris Borland manning the opposite outside linebacker spot and St. Jean roaming the middle of the unit, Doeren’s defense looks quite capable.Or, with Taylor healthy and Sorensen serving as the primary backup for all three linebacker spots, complimenting a deep defensive line and strong secondary, that defense has the potential to be something even better.“Just normal Wisconsin football,” Valai said of his defense. “Physical, tough and aggressive, man. Don’t taking nothing from nobody; don’t take ‘blank’ from nobody.”Mike is a junior majoring in journalism and communication arts. Like Sorensen’s role on the D? Worried about the depth? Let him know at mfiammetta@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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Syracuse can’t overcome St. Bonaventure in overtime loss, 60-57

first_imgEveryone in the Carrier Dome thought Oshae Brissett had just become a superhero. As the freshman forward converted a layup with 12 seconds left in overtime that would give Syracuse the lead, the referee threw his fist down like a hammer. And-1?Charge.“I saw who was guarding me and he hasn’t guarded me all game. So I knew he wouldn’t be able to keep up. And he didn’t,” Brissett said. “Was able to get the basket pretty easily. I usually move around the defense whenever they’re in there, and I did that, but he stuck his hip out, flopped, the ref called it.”Syracuse would get the ball back after fouling St. Bonaventure’s Jaylen Adams, but Howard Washington’s desperate three-pointer was blocked, sealing the Bonnies’ (10-2) 60-57 win over Syracuse (10-2) on Friday night. It was the first time the Bonnies won in the building in 10 tries. They hadn’t beaten SU since 1981.“It doesn’t matter,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I don’t even think about those things. We played one game this year, that’s it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange knew that the St. Bonaventure team was different than in years past. Boeheim said on Tuesday that he thinks the Bonnies will be a tournament team. It was no secret that SBU too had beaten Buffalo and Maryland. And if SU were to have an incomplete game like it did against Buffalo earlier this week, it wasn’t likely to come away with another win.“If we’re not ready to play,” redshirt freshman forward Matthew Moyer said Tuesday, “it will be a loss.”And that’s exactly what happened, ending SU’s four-game winning streak and keeping another solid nonconference win off its resume. The Bonnies will contend for an Atlantic 10 title, but if they aren’t able to secure the automatic bid come March, it’s not absurd to imagine a scenario where they sit close to Syracuse on the bubble. Maybe a notch above with this result. Still, on Dec. 22, there is a lot of basketball left to play.For the early part of the first half, both teams dragged. Neither side could go on a run because the whistle blew for 23 fouls. Tyus Battle had a quick five points then went silent. That’s because Adams caused all the noise.Adams, the Bonnies’ best player, scored 21 of the Bonnies’ 40 first-half points. All but seven of them came in the final six minutes of the half. A pair of back-to-back threes by Adams just under the six-minute mark forced a Syracuse timeout and unleashed several chants from those in the stands wearing SBU’s brown and white. Adams would add two more threes before taking a seven-point lead to the locker room.Although Adams would score just two more points — the game’s last pair of free throws — all the halftime break did for SU was delay the struggle. Before SU could get to the first TV timeout, Battle was called for a charge and Chukwu missed a dunk.“When you’re behind,” head coach Jim Boeheim said, “you gotta fight through that. You gotta make those.”Minutes later, Adams’ counterpart in the backcourt, Matt Mobley, drained a three in Battle’s face to put the Bonnies up 11. SU’s star guard could only turn and flash a face of regret while someone else did what he usually does in the same spot. And then LaDarien Griffin threw down a punctuating dunk to make it worse.Frank Howard found Brissett for a layup to cut the deficit to 11. The Bonnies answered right back with an Idris Taqqee jumper. Anything positive the Orange produced, which was sparse on a day where SU shot 30 percent from the field and 15.8 percent from deep — was either matched or one-upped by St. Bonaventure.“They guarded me and Tyus well,” junior guard Frank Howard said. “Forced him to take some tough shots that he usually makes. It is what it is.”So after the under-12-minute timeout, SU applied full-court pressure. Because at that point something had to give. A Bonnies miss. A Battle jumper. A few blocks for the Orange. Down 11, Battle motioned with his hands that he wanted a screen and open lane. He drove, drew the foul and made two free-throws. St. Bonaventure couldn’t get the ensuing inbounds pass in and called timeout.The pressure kept SBU out of a rhythm it never found in the second half. SU chiseled away with free throws and, eventually, a Howard layup, and when the final mandated breather arrived the deficit had fallen to just three points.It would stay that way until 80 seconds remained, mainly thanks to the fact that after the 11:45 mark in the second half, SBU made just one more field goal the entire game. Now, Brissett found himself behind the backboard with few options. He dumped the ball to Chukwu in the lane, who dropped in his only field goal of the night. And-one?Yes, and Syracuse’s 7-foot-2 center stood at the line with one shot. A make would tie it. Free throw percentage is usually inversely proportional to a player’s height in this sport.Chukwu — a 46 percent free-throw shooter before the shot — made it anyway. And the Carrier Dome went wild.Minutes later, though, after an overtime period where SU scored just four points, it would be only the fans in brown and white celebrating, as the Bonnies finally left the Carrier Dome with a win. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 22, 2017 at 9:47 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtblosslast_img read more

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Flutter begins ‘new era’ by completing merger with Stars Group

first_img Share Related Articles Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon A new FTSE100 gambling giant was formed this morning, as Flutter Entertainment Plc confirmed the outright completion of its $11 billion merger with The Stars Group Inc (TSG).  Flutter has completed its six-month merger pursuit of TSG ‘on schedule’, securing all regulatory (Australia, UK and US) and shareholder approvals during the first half of 2020 trading. Updating its timetable, the Flutter-TSG combination has sanctioned a listing on the London Stock Exchange and Dublin Securities Market (secondary listing) on Tuesday 5 May (8 am).Absorbing TSG assets, Flutter will deploy a new ‘organisational design’, ensuring that its localised portfolio maintains ‘autonomy to respond to changes’, while being able to benefit from the enlarged group’s wider resources.Securing its news listing, an enlarged Flutter will be split into five reporting segments for the time being:TSG International – PokerStars excluding US operationsPPB Legacy  (Paddy Power Betfair, Adjarabet, Paddy Power retail and B2B)Sky Betting and Gaming assets (Sky Bet)Sportsbet AustraliaUS Unit – FanDuel Group and TSG US operationsPost-2020, Flutter will form four core operating divisions, in which the company will merge TSG International with PPB ‘international’ assets.Further operational changes will see Flutter create a new UK & IRE division combining Paddy Power assets with Sky Bet.Peter Jackson, Group Chief Executive, commented: “I am delighted to confirm that our transformational combination with The Stars Group will complete on 5 May. The enlarged Group brings together exceptional brands, products and businesses, a hugely talented and experienced team, and a diverse global presence. The strength of our combined portfolio of assets means that we approach the future with confidence in these uncertain times. “Both businesses have a strong legacy of leadership when it comes to responsible gambling. As a combination, we are determined to deliver on our commitment to drive a race to the top when it comes to responsible gambling best practice across the sector. “As we approach a new era for the enlarged Flutter organisation, I wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge the huge contribution of Rafi Ashkenazi in creating the exceptional business that The Stars Group is today. He has been instrumental in transforming TSG from a single product operator to a diverse global leader with multiple product offerings. I know that his experience and expertise will bring valuable perspective to our Board as we bring our two businesses together.”last_img read more

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Miller: Lakers one step from being back in Ball game

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersNow, Ball can do the same thing with another broken but proud team desperate to return to a time of hoisting trophies and hanging banners.And, even better for Lakers fans, that revving in the background is the sound of “Showtime II,” Ball now so, so close to restoring the old-school flash and blur to a Lakers brand turned helplessly bland.On the fragile fate of some air-popped pingpong balls, this franchise finally, mercifully but — for now — only potentially re-discovered its footing.I guess everyone can stop fretting over that five-game April winning streak, the worst stretch of best basketball the Lakers have played in years.Those superfluous victories didn’t send this franchise into the dark and hellish abyss that awaited had the Lakers dropped from the top three Tuesday and been forced to ship their pick to Philadelphia. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error All of this feel-good, of course, is based on the Celtics drafting Washington’s Markelle Fultz, who, as of this moment, appears to have an edge on Ball as the player most likely to go first.This also assumes the Lakers will keep the No. 2 pick as opposed to trading it, a guess that can’t be considered anything more than that because the team is now being managed by rookies Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka.Together, as NBA executives, these two have a track record that could be summarized on an index card, with enough room left over for all the chords and lyrics to “Free Bird.”In Ball, however, Magic must see possibly the Lakers’ greatest point guard since he last looked into a mirror, right? If he can’t draft himself, doesn’t it figure that Johnson would draft the next-closest version of himself? Magic 2.0?Ball is pass-first coming into a league that’s me-first. He can control a game without shooting, even as there are NBA All-Stars who can influence games only by scoring. He’s a renowned finisher likely to be available to a team that famously can’t finish.“It’s exciting times for the Lakers,” Johnson told the NBA’s website Tuesday night, not speaking specifically about Ball, although he could have been. “We’re not where we want to be, but we’re heading in the right direction.”With the addition of Ball, the Lakers would be heading in that direction at a much swifter pace, a pace also entirely more entertaining not to mention more inclined to succeed.If you haven’t figured it out by now, I really want the Lakers to get Ball because this marriage is simply too perfect not to happen.A Southern California kid staying home to help revive the tradition-rich Lakers and doing so from the very position the man drafting him once revolutionized? This stuff is made-for-TV worthy.I’m not suggesting Ball is going to be another Magic. But I am saying he has a chance to put together an NBA career that will leave people routinely comparing the two.“Oh, no question about it,” Johnson said when asked if a superstar could emerge from this next wave of college talent. “I think this draft is very deep. Yeah, I think it could possibly be a legend for the Lakers.”Again, Johnson wasn’t speaking specifically about Ball, although he could have been.And, for the record, I do remember that Magic once said the Dodgers’ No. 1 priority was to re-sign Zack Greinke, and we all know how that turned out. So, unlike his passing touch during his playing days, Johnson’s words aren’t always golden.I also know that whatever team takes Lonzo Ball also is drafting his father, LaVar, and all the clamor that comes with him.But isn’t that part of Lakers lore, too, the outrageous sideshows and completely unnecessary drama? See, it’s all simply too perfect.Already Tuesday there was an ESPN report hinting that Lonzo Ball might work out only for the Lakers, the exact sort of LaVar-centric decision sure to send eyeballs rolling.“What it does is it gives us flexibility to do what we want to do,” Johnson said of the team retaining its top pick. “We’ll see what’s best for the Lakers.”What’s best for the Lakers is right under their collective nose, the rival, hated Celtics fittingly the only thing standing between this franchise and its return to relevance.center_img Hollywood’s team got a Hollywood ending Tuesday, an ending made even more theatrically brilliant in that it’s only a beginning.The Lonzo Ball Era in Lakers lore took an enormous step toward becoming reality when the team won the NBA draft lottery … by finishing second.Technically, the Celtics were the winners in New York City, Boston securing the No. 1 overall pick.But the Lakers, with the third-best chance to end up on top, jumped a spot, possibly putting them in position to select the player who, with his mere arrival, resurrected a college program no less storied than the one at UCLA.last_img read more

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Panthers’ Cam Newton admits he shouldn’t have thrown with shoulder injury

first_imgCam Newton won’t make the same mistake he did last year.The Panthers quarterback admitted in an interview with Peter King for “Football Morning In America,” he shouldn’t have pushed himself to play through his nagging shoulder injury last season but wanted to prove he was capable of leading his team. “Being hurt, being injured … looking back at it, it probably wasn’t the smartest, efficient thing, knowing that I left it all out there on the field. And if you asked me if I’d do it again, I’d do it again. I just know my worth to this team, know how much these guys believe in me and how much I believe in them. If I’m willing to do that, and I know I’ve seen other guys do the same thing, too.”After a promising 6-2 start, the Panthers stumbled to a 7-9 finish, though Newton completed a career-high 67.9 percent of his passes for 3,385 passing yards and 24 touchdowns with 13 interceptions before being shut down for the final two games of the regular season. He underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right shoulder in January.While he understands injuries are part of both the game and the aging process, Newton, who turned 30 in May, is still optimistic about his career progression for other reasons. On the other hand, it could be argued the decision ultimately backfired.”As a quarterback in this league,” Newton said, “you’re unanimously the leader, right? We needed that game. I felt as if I wanted to give my team everything that I had honestly. Related News Derrick Henry injury update: Titans back (lower leg) has no timetable for return Chargers’ Joey Bosa in ‘much better place’ after disappointing season Panthers’ Eric Reid ready to take on leadership role in 2019 “You can look back at any type of player,” Newton said. “You can look back at any type of sport and as a player grows, your game has to change. I remember reading and seeing a lot of clips about Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Brett Favre, even Peyton Manning to a degree. When you get old, you have to change certain things. It kind of keeps you young.”I actually look forward to it. I embrace this whole process because it’s made me feel like a rookie again. Learning certain things, learning new mechanics, focusing on the little nuances of playing a quarterback position and trying to master it. So at this point in my career, it’s not about velocity. It’s not about throwing a ball 70 yards. It’s about efficient football that’s gonna win football games.”Newton has resumed throwing since the team opened training camp last week and has been throwing long passes, part of his game that was noticeably absent last season.last_img read more

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Mirza Rizvanović to play in FC Olimpic

first_imgAfter he stopped playing for FC ”Gračanica”, defence football player Mirza Rizvanović started playing for the youngest Sarajevo team, FC Olimpic, who play in BiH premier league.On Wednesday, Rizvanović will join the FC Olimpic team on their training in Antalya in Turkey.This 26 year old player played for Žepče, Sarajevo and Zrinjski.last_img

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Dale Robinson, 53, Oxford: Dec. 10, 1961 – Dec. 27, 2014

first_imgDale RobinsonDale Robinson, 53, of Oxford, died on December 27, 2014 at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, KS.Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Oxford.  Burial will be in the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m.  A memorial has been established with the Cancer Treatment Center of America. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information or to leave a condolence please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.comLynn Dale Robinson was born on December 10, 1961 the son of Glenn Dale and Mary Jane Crawford Robinson in Winfield, Kansas. He attended Oxford High School and later earned an electrical degree from Cowley Community College. Dale worked for Benny & Smith in Winfield from 1978 to 1997. He enjoyed scuba diving in Missouri, Mexico and Hawaii. Dale loved fast cars, motorcycles, sky diving and travel. He was also the family photographer.Surviving to honor his memory is his father Glenn Dale Robinson of Oxford and Mary Jane Robinson of Kingman, KS, sisters, Deborah Gaskill and husband Don of Ozawakie, KS and Christena Cookson and husband Rob of Howard, KS as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.Preceding him in death are his grandparents, 2 uncles and 1 aunt.last_img read more

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Man Arrested After Driving into Ocala Church, Setting It On Fire

first_imgIn addition, he told them that he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, but had not been taking his medication.The police report describes surveillance footage that shows the white van crashing through the double doors, a man pouring gasoline on the church floor, slipping on the gasoline, and then lighting and throwing what is presumed to be a shoe into the room, which was then engulfed in flames.Shields was charged with attempted second degree murder, three felony counts of evidencing prejudice, arson to a structure, burglary of an occupied structure and felony fleeing or attempting to elude.He is being held in the Marion County Jail with no bond. A driver plowed into a north Florida church and then set it on fire, as parishioners were preparing for mass Saturday morning, according to authorities.The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says 24-year-old Steven Shields crashed a minivan through the front doors of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala at about 7:30 a.m.He then exited the vehicle and threw gasoline in the church’s foyer, causing a fire that resulted in “extensive damage” of more than $1,000 in valueThere were no injuries.Shields drove away but was stopped by deputies nearby shortly thereafter.According to the police report, he told deputies he targeted the Catholic Church because of a “mission.”last_img read more

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Windies No1 in T20 cricket

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Former World champions West Indies have regained top spot in the ICC Twenty20 rankings without bowling a single delivery, thanks to Sri Lanka’s demise on Sunday against New Zealand.Sri Lanka started the recent two-match series against the Black Caps seven points clear at the top, but lost both encounters to slide to second spot, allowing the Windies to go top.However, both the Windies and Sri Lanka, along with third-placed Australia have 118 points, with the Windies ahead only by .36.West Indies won the T20 World Cup in 2012 when they beat hosts Sri Lanka in the final.The standings are tightly bunched with England fourth on 117 points, South Africa fifth with 115, while New Zealand and Pakistan lie sixth and seventh, respectively, on 114 ratings points.West Indies could find themselves toppled, however, come month end.New Zealand and Pakistan will clash in a three-match series starting January 15th and if either side can make a clean sweep, they will replace West Indies at the top.The standings are also expected to undergo further substantial change, especially with a number of T20 series on the cards before the Twenty20 World Cup gets going in Bangladesh in March.Since the last T20 World Cup in 2014, West Indies have won four of their eight T20 Internationals, including a historic run chase in Johannesburg against South Africa exactly a year ago Monday, which saw them overhaul 232 for victory.Their rise to number one has been helped by Sri Lanka’s poor form, as the reigning World champions have lost five of their last six outings.Despite their advances in the T20 rankings, West Indies remain rooted near the bottom of the pile in the Tests and one-day international formats.They are eighth in Tests and ninth in ODIs – the latter ranking causing them to miss out on qualification for next year’s ICC Champions Trophy in England.last_img read more

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