Lizelle Lee loses top spot in ODI batters’ list but moves up to No. 11 in the shortest format

Scores of 23 in 22 balls and 47 in 31 balls against South Africa have taken Shafali Verma back past Beth Mooney to the No. 1 position in the T20I batter’s rankings for women in the latest update, released on the day of the final game of the three-match series, which South Africa have already won 2-0.

Verma had reached the top spot after scoring 163 in five innings at a strike rate of 158.25 at the 2020 T20 World Cup. Mooney was the top-scorer then, with 259 runs in six outings, and moved to the top after the home series against New Zealand in September – she scored only 37 runs in three innings then, but with India not playing any international cricket till this series, Mooney went past Verma on the table.

Lizelle Lee, meanwhile, had a mixed run in the rankings. She slipped from the perch in the ODI rankings within a week of going past Tammy Beaumont because she missed the last game of the series against India, but her 45-ball 70 in the second T20I took her up three spots to No. 11 in the rankings for the shortest format.

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