India slips to fourth position, England brighten WTC final prospects

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India slipped to the fourth position in the World Test Championship rankings after their 227 run defeat to England in the opening Test on Tuesday. On the other hand, England kept their hopes of making the final of the inaugural event alive.

Having to chase 420 runs to win the first Test of the four-match series proved to be tough for India as they were bowled for 192 in the second session.

New Zealand has already qualified for the WTC finals which is to be held at Lord’s later this year with a winning percentage of 70.0 per cent.

The win in Chennai has lifted England to first place with 70.2 percentage points on the table and they have improved their chances of securing one of the three series in their favour that could see them through the final- 3-1, 3-0 or 4-0, said ICC in a release.

India grabbed the top spot after their incredible series win against Australia last month. Now, India will be looking to win at least two of the remaining games to secure a 2-1 or 3-1 result and a place in final.

Australia will get to feature in a Trans-Tasman summit clash if India- England series is drawn or if England win 1-0, 2-1 or 2-0, said the ICC release which was issued shortly after England’s victory.

Pakistan’s 2-0 win over South Africa saw them finish the series in fifth place with 43.3 percentage points, while the Proteas slipped to the sixth position with 30.0 percentage points.

West Indies are in seventh with 23.8 points after their first Test win against Bangladesh, who are in the last place and yet to win a point.

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