Sports: Cricket: New Zealand snatches T20 top spot from Pakistan

Karachi: New Zealand has pushed Pakistan into second place to return to the top of the ICC T20I Team Rankings after winning the three-match series against the Windies by 2-0.

New Zealand had entered the series against the Windies in third place behind Pakistan (124 points) and India (121 points) on 120 points.

New Zealand moved ahead of India after winning the first T20I by 47 runs and then leapfrogged Pakistan into the number-one position after clinching the third T20I by 119 runs. The second T20I was rained-off.

New Zealand is now on 126 points, while the Windies have dropped from 120 points to 115 points in fifth position.

Pakistan can retain top position if the men in green beat or even draw three-match series to be played on January 22, 25 and 28 against host New Zealand.

To retain the top spot, the Blackcaps will have to beat Pakistan by 2-1 or better. Their failure to win the series will mean Pakistan will be back at the top of the table.

New Zealand had last held the number-one position in October 2017, before they slipped to third following their series loss to India in November.