Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu shot up to the top of the women’s ODI rankings for batters after her two unbeaten centuries in the series against New Zealand.
She has thus become the first woman from Sri Lanka to top the ODI rankings.
Athapaththu climbed six places to displace Australia’s Beth Mooney as the top-ranked batter in the format. She scored 108 not out in the first ODI against New Zealand to help Sri Lanka chase down 172 in a rain-affected game. After being out for a duck in the second match, which New Zealand went on to win, she blasted a stunning 140 off just 80 deliveries to help her team seal another rain-hit fixture and the series.