File photo of Shafali Verma
Australian captain Meg Lanning and all-rounder Tahlia McGrath have risen in the ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings after helping their team win the three-game home game 1-0 with outstanding performances in the first game in Adelaide. The pair were associated in a 144-run uninterrupted tie for the second wicket in the only match to see a result, Lanning’s 44-ball 64 helped her overtake India’s Smriti Mandhana to third place and McGrath’s Player of the Match effort of 91 out of 49 thrust her 29 places to 28th place.
Mandhana’s opening partner Shafali Verma is back at the top of the table, however, overtaking Australia’s Beth Mooney, who was out of the T20I series against England due to an injury.
Verma, who took the number one position for the first time at the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, is now two rating points ahead of Mooney at 726.
In the latest weekly update featuring appearances in the just-concluded ICC Commonwealth Games Qualifier 2022 with five teams in Kuala Lumpur, Sri Lankan captain Chamari Athapaththu has moved up six places to eighth after racking up 221 runs in the tournament. Bangladeshi Murshida Khatun has moved up 35 places to 48th after a total of 126 runs.
England openers Danni Wyatt (70) and Tammy Beaumont (30), who were associated in the first game at 82 points, have also risen. Wyatt is up three places to 13th and Beaumont two places to 16th with Captain Heather Knight also joining them in the top 20.
Athapaththu, who was named Player of the Series in the Kuala Lumpur tournament, which also featured Bangladesh, Scotland, Kenya and Malaysia, has moved up four places to 52nd place among bowlers. Her four wickets in the tournament included a three wicket draw in the deciding final game against Bangladesh on Monday.
Athapaththu has also moved up one place to seventh among the all-rounders in the list led by New Zealand’s Sophie Devine.
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