Pakistan move up WTC standings

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Pakistan’s remarkable victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test in Galle has seen a major reshuffle within the top five on the World Test Championship (WTC) standings.

Babar Azam’s side successfully chased down 342 runs to complete an extraordinary four-wicket triumph over Sri Lanka on Wednesday, 20 July, and in the process boosted their chances of appearing in next year’s World Test Championship final.

The win sees Pakistan jump in front of Sri Lanka and into third place on the World Test Championship standings with a win-loss percentage of 58.33 percent, with only South Africa (71.43%) and Australia (70%) now ahead of the Asian side. The news isn’t as good for Sri Lanka, who drop three places to sixth on the standings with a 48.15 win-loss percentage. As a result, India improve one spot to fourth (52.08%) and West Indies rise to fifth (50%) ahead of the second Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Galle next week.

A win there will see Pakistan make further ground on South Africa and Australia at the top of the standings, while a loss will see Babar’s side drop back to fifth.

Conversely, Sri Lanka can regain third place on the standings if they can recover quickly, fight back and level the series by winning the second Test.