New Zealand thrashed West Indies by a mammoth 119-run margin in third and final T20I to win the 3-match series by 2-0. Courtesy this victory, the Kiwis have regained the top spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20I Team Rankings released on Wednesday.
New Zealand had entered the series against the West Indies in third place behind Pakistan (124 points) and India (121 points) on 120 points.
Virat Kohli stays on top in T20I rankings; Pakistan bags pole after India's series win vs New Zealand
New Zealand moved ahead of India after winning the first T20I by 47 runs and then leapfrogged Pakistan into the number-one position after clinching the third T20I at the Basin Reserve today. The second T20I was rained-off.
New Zealand are now standing on 126 points, while the T20 world champions Windies have dropped from 120 points to 115 points in the fifth position.
New Zealand had last held the number-one position in October 2017, before they slipped to third following their series loss to India in November.
New Zealand will now put their number-one ranking on the line when they will take on Pakistan in the three-match series, beginning January 22.
In order to retain the top spot, the Black Caps will have to beat Pakistan by 2-1 or better. Their failure to win the series will mean Pakistan will be back at the top of the table.
(With Agency Inputs)