India defeated Australia by five wickets at the Inderjit Singh Bindra Stadium to claim the top spot in the ODI rankings globally. It exceeded Pakistan in the process.
India (116 rating points) overtook its arch-rival Pakistan (115) at the summit of the rankings following the victory in the initial ODI. Australia remains third, but the margin between the top two has now expanded as it lost two points, totaling 111.
With this victory, India has the opportunity to enter the ODI World Cup as the top-ranked team in the format. Nevertheless, Pakistan still retains a chance to reclaim the top position if Australia emerges victorious in the remaining two matches of the series.
This marks just the second instance in men's cricket history where a team has secured the No.1 ranking across all formats. Previously, only South Africa had accomplished this feat in August 2012.
Australia (111) continues to hold the third position in the ODI rankings despite losing two points.
India and Australia are set to face off in the second of the three ODIs on Sunday.