India beat Australia by 5 wickets in the third ODI played between the two sides at Indore. The victory helped them take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five match series which helps them pip South Africa to claim the no. 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings. This now means that India are now at the top of both the Test and ODI rankings.
India were two points behind South Africa in the rankings. Their wins in the first and second matches meant that they came within 0.01 rating points of South Africa, which also led to many claiming that India had become World No.1 already. Australia, on the other hand, are six rating points behind India on third. South Africa can reclaim the top spot if they beat Bangladesh in the upcoming three-match series that will be preceded by a Test series.
India then lost the two openers in quick succession but Hardik Pandya, promoted up the order, provided the impetus despite the dismissal of skipper Virat Kohli shortly after the two openers. Pandya and Manish Pandey then made a partnership of 78 runs that all but ended the Australian challenge in the series. This was India’s ninth consecutive ODI win while it is Australia 11ts successive defeat away from home.