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Shaheen Afridi rises to career-best ODI ranking after Zimbabwe ODIs
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Shaheen Afridi rises to career-best ODI ranking after Zimbabwe ODIs

Shaheen Afridi has made significant gains in the ICC ODI rankings for bowlers after starring with a five-wicket haul in the first ODI against Zimbabwe.

The left-arm speedster has risen eight places to break into the top 20 for the first time in his promising career.

Shaheen played a pivotal role in Pakistan's 26-run win over Zimbabwe in the series opener when he returned a match-winning haul of 5-49 including the prized scalp of centurion Brendan Taylor.

Following his heroics in Rawalpindi, Shaheen became only the second bowler to pick up 15 wickets in the space of three ODIs.

Although Shaheen failed to register a wicket in the last two matches, he has moved to the 16th position in the bowlers' list headed by Trent Boult.

Similarly, Wahab Riaz has experienced a promotion of six spots to 60th in the rankings update after grabbing five wickets in two games.

The veteran paceman partnered brilliantly with Shaheen in the first ODI to scythe through the Zimbabwe line-up despite a stellar effort from Taylor.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam has reduced the gap with the Indian pair of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma currently leading the batting charts.

Babar made amends to his rare failure in the opening ODI to smash an unbeaten 77 in the next game to set up a series-clinching win for Pakistan. Babar bettered his purple patch by striking a terrific 125 on Tuesday, albeit in a losing cause. He has gained eight points as a result, narrowing his trail behind Rohit to 18 points.

For Zimbabwe, Taylor and Sean Williams have made progress in the rankings owing to their fine performances with the bat. Taylor scored 204 runs in the series to occupy the 42nd slot, an improvement of nine places while Williams has advanced 12 spots to 46th as he hit 118 not out in Zimbabwe's dramatic win.

Zimbabwe's Super Over triumph has seen them get to fourth in the ODI World Cup Super League as they possess a superior net run rate compared to Ireland.

Pakistan (20 points) are in the second position, ahead of Australia on net run rate with England leading the roster with 30 points.