Sri Lanka’s 97-game victory over Bangladesh on Friday in the third ODI of the bilateral series, which they lost 1-2, earned them their first points in the ICC Men’s World Cup cricket Super League.
The Islanders, who are due to play a limited series against India in July, have played six Super League games but won only one.
Although the victory did not bring them anything good in terms of position on the points table, as they still fall to 12th place, they managed to score eight points, which is one less than the nine in South Africa and two less than Zimbabwe and Ireland 10. While Zimbabwe is in ninth place, Ireland is in 10th place.
Bangladesh, which leads the table with five wins in nine games, has 50 points. They are followed by England with 40 points from four victories in nine matches.
Pakistan and Australia are third and fourth respectively with 40 points each. The net speed of differentiation distinguishes the three countries.
New Zealand, Afghanistan and the West Indies are fifth, sixth and seventh with 30 points, while India is eighth with 29 points.
The top seven teams, plus hosts India, out of the 13 in the Super League will qualify directly for the ODI World Cup to be held in India in 2023. The host India has a guaranteed place in the tournament.
The bottom five teams will play a qualifying tournament in which the best teams from the lower rungs of the competition will also participate. The Netherlands will still go to the Super League.