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ICC Test Rankings: Kusal Mendis jumps into top-20, South Africa slip after being whitewashed by Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka on Saturday created history as they became the first Asian team and the third visiting side after England and Australia to win a Test series on South African soil.

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Dubai Published on: February 24, 2019 16:01 IST
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Mendis, who was also adjudged Player of the Match is now sitting at the 18th spot.

Kusal Mendis, who put up an unbeaten 163-run stand with Oshada Fernando to take Sri Lanka past the finish line in the second Test match against South Africa, jumped 11 points to enter the Top-20 of the ICC Player Rankings, it was announced on Sunday.

Sri Lanka's eight-wicket victory in the second Test in Port Elizabeth completed a historic 2-0 sweep over South Africa, making them the first Asian team to win a Test series in the country, according to the ICC's website.

Mendis, who was also adjudged Player of the Match is now sitting at the 18th spot.

Fernando also gained in the rankings, sitting at No.65 after jumping 35 spots with a career-best rating of 455. 

Niroshan Dickwella, who scored an important 42 to take Sri Lanka's total past 150 in the first innings, advanced eight places to grab the 37th spot. 

South Africa players, predictably, slipped down the rankings. 

Dean Elgar, who scored just 43 runs in four innings, moved down by seven spots to No.23. Temba Bavuma also slipped to No.38 (down by five spots).

In the bowlers' rankings, Duanne Olivier and Suranga Lakmal climbed three spots each to No.19 and No.30 respectively. 

Though South Africa had average returns with the ball, Olivier had a decent series, claiming seven wickets in two games to break into the top 20 early in his career. Vishwa Fernando, the leading wicket-taker with 12 scalps, moved up six places to No.43. 

There was no change in the top 15 in the all-rounder's rankings, with Jason Holder retaining his position at the top of the pile. 

SOUTH AFRICA SLIP

South Africa have slipped to third place in the ICC Test team rankings after losing their series to Sri Lanka 0-2.

South Africa started the series with 110 points but have slipped to 105 after losing both Tests to their lower-ranked opposition. They are now two points behind New Zealand, who are in second place with 107 points.

Sri Lanka on Saturday created history as they became the first Asian team and the third visiting side after England and Australia to win a Test series on South African soil. However, they remain in sixth place but have gained four points to move up to 93 in the list led by India with 116 points.

New Zealand will start a three-Test home series against Bangladesh on February 28 in Hamilton, which they will have to win in order to retain second place.

(With IANS & ANI inputs)

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