After losing to Australia on the field, New Zealand lost against England off the field. New Zealand lost the top spot in the ICC ODI rankings after losing the second ODI of the series against Australia.
The Kiwis went to play a 3-match ODI series in Australia from the top spot. However, Kane Williamson’s team could not retain the top spot after losing the first two matches of the series.
England is now at the top of the ICC ODI rankings with 119 rating points. New Zealand ranks second with 117 ratings. England lost the top spot to this New Zealand last year.
However, New Zealand still has the possibility of touching England in the rating. In that case, they have to win against Australia in the third ODI of the series. At that time, even though the rating is equal, New Zealand will have to remain in second place due to less rating points.
However, winning the last match of the series will not be easy for Williamson’s team. Because, despite creating the possibility of winning in the first two matches of the series, they could not beat Australia in the end. Cameron Green-Alex Carey’s record partnership of 158 runs gave Australia a thrilling victory in the first ODI of the series.
They stopped Australia for 195 runs in the second ODI of the series but they could not equalize the series. New Zealand were bowled out for 82, with the series far from level.
Losing 8 wickets for 57 runs, New Zealand was in danger of ending their lowest run in ODIs. In 1986, the Kiwis were bowled out for the lowest 64 runs against Pakistan in Sharjah. He was no longer embarrassed by the late batsmen. But 82 runs, New Zealand’s sixth lowest innings in ODIs. This is a shame or less!