Batsmen on the charge in ICC Rankings following Chittagong Test
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ICC Rankings: Batsmen on the charge following Chittagong Test

by Sahir Usman Feb 05, 2018 • 18:16 PM

Feb.5 (CRICKETNMORE) - The high-scoring draw in first Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka saw batsmen making impressive gains. Batsmen from either side have reaped the benefits of a high-scoring draw in the first Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Chittagong by making impressive gains in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, which were released on Monday morning.

Five centuries and six half-centuries were scored in a match which saw Bangladesh posting 513 and 307 for five, and Sri Lanka amassing a colossal 713 for nine declared in their only innings.

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Sri Lanka opener Kusal Mendis, who was the top scorer in the match with 196, has vaulted 12 places to claim 23rdposition, while Dhananjaya de Silva, who contributed 173 and featured in a 308-run second wicket stand with Mendis, has lifted eight places to occupy 38th spot.

Roshen Silva’s 109 has moved him from 106th position to a career-high 78th spot.

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Mominul Haq, who became the first Bangladesh batsman to score two centuries in a Test while hitting 176 and 105, has risen 15 places to 27th position. In doing so, he has become Bangladesh’s fourth highest-ranked batsman after Tamim Iqbal (21st), Shakib Al Hasan (22nd) and Mushfiqur Rahim (25th). The four Bangladesh batsmen are separated by just 24 points.

Stand-in captain Mahmudullah, who scored 83 not out and 28 not out, have jumped six places to a career-high 48th position.

Liton Das is the other batsman to head in the right direction. The wicketkeeper-batsman’s 94 in the second innings not only helped the home side to escape with a draw but also earned him nine places and 81st place in the batting table.

Australia’s Steve Smith is the number-one ranked batsman.

ICC Media Release