ICC World Twenty20: India hold on to its no. 1 spot as 4 of the top five teams feature in semi-finals

ms dhoni indian cricket captain twenty20 cricketNew Delhi: Four of the top five sides on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Rankings will feature in the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016, which will be played in Delhi and Mumbai on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

Number-one ranked India will go head to head with third-ranked West Indies in Mumbai on Thursday, while in the first semi-final in Delhi on Wednesday, second-ranked New Zealand will square-off against fifth-ranked England.

India has retained its pre-tournament ranking as well as points, while the West Indies has gained two points to move to 120. This means both the former champions, who each won three of their four second round matches, are now separated by seven points.

In contrast, New Zealand, which has been the only unbeaten side in the competition to date, has earned six points to rise to 122 and has consequently moved up two places to second. Its semi-final opponent and 2010 champion, England, has also collected three points and is now seven points behind on 115 after winning three of its four matches.

This comparison reflects that the knockout stage of the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 promises to be as exciting, entertaining and thrilling as displayed in the 32 matches to date.

MRF Tyres ICC T20I Rankings (as on 29 March, after the completion of league matches in the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016)

Rank Team Points (+/-)

1. India 127 (-)

2. New Zealand 122 (+6)

3. West Indies 120 (+2)

4. South Africa 115 (-3)

5. England 115 (+3)

6. Australia 112 (+1)

7. Pakistan 107 (-3)

8. Sri Lanka 105 (-4)

9. Afghanistan 81 (+4)

10. Bangladesh 74 (-)

11. Scotland 59 (+10)

12. Netherlands 59 (-)

13. Zimbabwe 57 (-3)

14. Hong Kong 44 (-5)

15. UAE 43 (-)

16. Ireland 39 (-9)

17. Oman 37 (+5)