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India gain ground in ICC Test rankings after Lanka win

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Registering a historic series win against Sri Lanka here today, fifth-placed India gained crucial ranking points to inch closer to arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Test team ratings.

Humbling the hosts by 117 runs at the SSC, India clinched the three-match series 2-1 to register their first series win on Lankan soil after 22 years.

Virat Kohli’s side went into the three-match series on 97 points and has gained three rankings points after coming from behind to win its first overseas Test series victory since 2011.

It was also Kohli’s first Test win as captain after taking over the reigns of the team from Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Just three points now separates England (third on 102 points), Pakistan (fourth on 101) and India (fifth on 100), with New Zealand a further point back in sixth position.

Angelo Mathews’ men, meanwhile, remain in seventh place but have dropped three rankings points.

South Africa are comfortably perched at the top of the rankings with Australia a distant second.