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 India will defend their number-two position on the ICC ODI Team Rankings when they take on third-ranked South Africa in a five-match series, which start in Kanpur on Sunday.India lead South Africa by five points and need to win two matches to avoid slipping behind the Proteas. A 4-1 win for South Africa will put them second on 113 points with India dropping to third on 112 points, but a 3-2 win for the tourists will mean India will retain second spot on 114 points and South Africa getting the consolation of reducing the gap with the host from five points to two.

India (115 pts) v South Africa (110 pts)
If Ind wins 5-0, then Ind 119 pts, SA 107 pts
If Ind wins 4-1, then Ind 117 pts, SA 108 pts
If Ind wins 3-2, then Ind 116 pts, SA 110 pts
If SA wins 5-0, then Ind 110 pts, SA 115 pts
If SA wins 4-1, then Ind 112 pts, SA 113 pts
If SA wins 3-2, then Ind 114 pts, SA 112 pts
If the series is drawn 2-2, then Ind 115 pts, SA 111 pts
Meanwhile, the top three batsmen in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen will feature in the series.