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India pay heavy price for series loss

India dropped two places to fifth in the latest ICC ODI ranking having lost four points after series defeat in Windies.

india Updated: May 27, 2006 21:29 IST

India paid a heavy price for their series defeat against the West Indies as they dropped two places to fifth in the latest ICC ODI ranking.

Brian Lara's team inflicted a 3-1 series loss on their fancied rivals after beating the visitors by six wickets at Port of Spain on Friday.

The defeat reversed India's recent successful run in ODIs as they succumbed to their first series loss in nine months and having lost four points, now find themselves at 112 ratings points behind Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and New Zealand.

Australia with 132 points are way ahead of second placed South Africa who have 119 points.

Both Pakistan and New Zealand gained from India's loss and surged ahead despite no change in their rating points.

West Indies, who have won their last eight one dayers, have added five points to their tally which has gone up to 96 but they still could not improve on their eighth positon.

Sri Lanka on 105 points and England with 103 follow the Indian team.

First Published: May 27, 2006 19:26 IST