The ICC World Test Championship table Points have shuffled after the interesting Test series between Pakistan and South Africa followed by England’s drubbing over India in Chennai. The hosts Pakistan ended up winning the two-match series by 2-0. The final Test on the match was evenly poised when Hassan Ali and Shaheen Afridi showed their class and helped Pakistan whitewash South Africa.
The Test series was part of the ICC world Test championship which is heading towards its climax. Pakistan after their 2-0 win consolidated their fifth position in the ICC World Test Championship points table. New Zealand is placed at 1 and has already punched their ticket for the world Test championship final in June.
Pakistan whitewash South Africa
The other 3 teams who are still in contention to play New Zealand in the ICC world Test championship are India, England Australia. India will qualify if they win the series by the margin of 2-1 whereas England also needs a series win to qualify for the final. If the Test series between India and England ends in a draw then Australia will sneak in the ICC world Test championship final.
Meanwhile, coming back to the second Test match between Pakistan and South Africa at one stage it looked like the visitors may chase down the mammoth target of 370 runs. Aiden Markram and Temba Bavuma were batting splendidly and taking South Africa close to the target on day 5 of the fascinating Test. Markram was the star for SA as he smashed a memorable 4th innings century and his first in Asia.
India go down against England
However, it all changed when Pakistan skipper Babar Azam took the new ball in the second session on day 5. Fast bowlers Hassan Ali and Shaheen Afridi were virtually unplayable as they quickly wrapped up the South Africa innings. Hassan Ali picked yet another 5 wicket haul and ended up with 10 wickets in the Test match.
Furthermore, team India has now slipped to the number 4 position after they lost the opening Test against England. Before the Test, India was at number 1 in the table and England at number 4. After their emphatic victory, England jumped to number 1 from 4th place and India dropped down to 4th behind England, New Zealand, and Australia in the ICC World Test championship table.