7 Dec 2009

India go top of cricket world rankings

5:34 am on 7 December 2009

India have secured top spot in the test cricket rankings for the first time after handing Sri Lanka a second successive innings defeat and wrapping up their three-match series 2-nil.

Zaheer Khan took three more wickets to record his eighth five-wicket haul as India won the third and final test by an innings and 24 runs on the final day in Mumbai.

The 2-nil series victory saw India jump from third in the rankings to displace South Africa at the top.... Sri Lanka dropped from second place to fourth, behind Australia.

India opened up 1-nil lead by winning the second test by an innings and 144 runs after the first test ended in a draw.