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South Africa captain AB de Villiers has regained the number-one rank on the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen as he moved up one place at the end of the three-match series against India, which ended on Wednesday.

The latest rankings update was released on Thursday, a day after the final match in the series was washed out to hand the home team a 2-0 series win. The series win has resulted in a number of South Africa players making a move in the right direction in both the batting and bowling lists.

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AB de Villiers played an innings of contrasting style to his fireworks of Port Elizabeth to lead the Castle Lager Proteas to a four-wicket victory over Pakistan with 68 balls to spare in the final Momentum ODI at SuperSport Park on Saturday.

Pakistan nevertheless win the series 2-1 in a tournament that has been a personal triumph for their captain, Misbah-ul-Haq. The Pakistan captain finished his tour with an unbeaten 79 (107 balls, 4 fours and 2 sixes) before he ran out of partners as the rest of his batting line-up folded around him.

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Junaid Khan bowled a superb last over to enable Pakistan to beat South Africa by one run and to secure a famous series victory in the second Momentum ODI at Axxess St. George’s on Wednesday. The Proteas needed nine runs going into the last over but Junaid managed to shut the Proteas out, conceding only seven runs in the process.

It is the first time that Pakistan has beaten the Proteas in a bilateral ODI series in South Africa although they did win all three ODI’s against South Africa in a triangular series that also included the West Indies in 1993. As a result the Proteas failed to qualify for that final in which the West Indies beat Pakistan.

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The fight for the number-one batting position between India’s Virat Kohli and  South Africa captain AB de Villiers on the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen could get exciting in the coming weeks. With only eight rating points separating number-one ranked Kohli from de Villiers, the forthcoming series offers both of them with an opportunity to either retain or reclaim the top position.

While India plays the West Indies in a three-match series from 21 November in Kochi, South Africa plays host to Pakistan in a three-match series from 24 November. The series in India finishes on 27 November and the series in South Africa finishes on 30 November. This means that both Kohli and de Villiers can potentially make the most of the home conditions in their quest.

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South Africa’s AB de Villiers has overtaken teammate Hashim Amla at the top of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen to regain the number-one spot that he last held in April 2012 in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Tests, which were released on Sunday.

The latest rankings were released after South Africa beat Pakistan by an innings and 92 runs in the second and final Test in Dubai on Saturday to level the series 1-1.

De Villiers, who came into the Dubai Test on 882 ratings points, earned 27 ratings points for his knock of 164 to finish at a career-best 909 to thereby become only the 28th batsman in the history of the game to break the 900-rating points barrier, a benchmark for top batsmen.

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South Africa took four of the 10 second innings wickets they needed to complete victory over Pakistan by stumps on day three of the second Test match at Dubai on Friday. At the close Pakistan had reached 132/4 and needed a massive target of a further 286 runs to make the Proteas bat again.

Nevertheless it was Pakistan’s best day of the series to date. They finally won a session when they took the last six Proteas first innings wickets for 57 runs in the morning session although it was slightly tarnished by the fact that they lost both their opening batsmen for just two runs to Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander off the 11 balls that were bowled before the delayed lunch interval.

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Graeme Smith produced one of the monumental recoveries from a long-term injury in the history of the game to consolidate the South African commanding position on day two of the second Test match against Pakistan at Dubai on Thursday. By the close of play he had batted for the best part of 10 hours to record the fifth double century of his international career and establish a new record fifth wicket partnership for his country – an unbroken 326 with AB de Villiers.

The previous record was 267 between Jacques Kallis and Ashwell Prince against the West Indies in 2005 while the previous best against Pakistan was 213 by Prince and Herschelle Gibbs in 2007.

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