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The Shahid Afridi-led Pakistan side will be defending its second position in the ICC twenty-20 rankings when they take on England on Thursday in first twenty-20 of the three-match series in the UAE.

Pakistan bagged the test series 2-nil under Misbahul Haq’s captaincy, while England beat Azhar Ali and co 3-1 in the odis. The t20 series will announce the ultimate winner in the tour. Pakistan are 14 points ahead of the eighth-placed England which means Afridi must lead the team to victory to ensure that they stay put on the second position. Sri Lanka is on top of the table right now as the reigning world champions. If Pakistan beat England 2-1, then both sides will remain as they are on the rankings table. However, if England beat Pakistan 2-1 then Eoin Morgan-led t20 side will jump up to the sixth position and Afridi and his men will drop down to fourth. In another case, if Pakistan win 3-0 they will join Sri Lanka on top of the points table with 125 points but will still remain on the second position by a fraction of a point. Meanwhile, if England beat Pakistan 3-0 then the men in green will drop down to the sixth position and England will jump up to the fourth position.


India were bowled out for 215 runs in their first innings on the opening day of third cricket test against South Africa in Nagpur.

Murali Vijay top-scored with 40 after the hosts won the toss and elected to bat on a dry, dusty pitch. Off-spinner Simon Harmer claimed four wickets for 78 runs and fast bowler Morne Morkel took three for 35. In reply South Africa were 11 for the loss of two wickets at stumps. Dean Elgar was unbeaten on 7 with Hashim Amla without any score when the stumps were drawn. India lead the four-match series 1-nil after winning the first test in Mohali by 108 runs. The rain-hit second game in Bangalore was drawn.


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