Pakistan has moved into eighth position in the ICC ODI Team Rankings after its 3-2 series victory in Sri Lanka in the five-match series which concluded in Hambantota on Sunday.

Azhar Ali’s men have advanced to 90 points, two ahead of the West Indies, and now has seventh-placed Bangladesh firmly in its sights.

As a consequence of the series defeat, Sri Lanka remains in fifth place but has dropped three rankings points which means that sixth-placed England has an opportunity to gain ground on Angelo Mathews’ men when it faces Australia in a five-match ODI series from September 3-13.

ICC ODI Championship table (as on 27 July)

Rank   Team             Points

1          Australia          129

2          India                115

3          New Zealand   112

4          South Africa    109

5          Sri Lanka         103

6          England            98

7          Bangladesh       96

8          Pakistan           90

9          West Indies      88

10        Ireland             50

11        Zimbabwe       43

12        Afghanistan     41