Sunday, 6 March 2011


Well this was one such match that all cricket crazy fans and Aussie haters on earth would have been looking forward to. The match between Australia and Sri Lanka had to be washed off with only 32 overs of the game being able. I just cannot stop cursing myself and the rain gods for having spoiled such an enthusiasm. Australia have been beating Sri Lanka on the past five occasions with two each in the 2007 world cup and the 2003 world cup. They are the team to have been at the receiving end of Aussies in world cup taking into consideration their glory days after 1999.

India have had the taste of the Aussie ego thrice since 1999 with one in 1999 and two in the next edition in 2003 at South Africa while Pakistan have been quite lucky for not having been so. Pakistan beat Australia i the league match of the 1999 world cup by ten runs before losing to the same in the finals of the same miserably. And then in 2003, Pakistan might have missed out on meeting Australia had they not been grouped in the same pool. Pakistan was beaten badly by 82 runs in that world cup as well when the Aussies were just unstoppable.

Likewise, South Africa have had their taste four time with two each in the 1999 and 2007 editions with England having only one each in 2003 and 2007 world cups. And then, New Zealand have been losing to Australia since 2003 world cup with them being lucky in 1999 to have beaten them by 5 wickets. The match was going on at a decent pace as far as Sri Lankans were concerned with their run rate being well above four an over and Sangakkara and Samaraweera having a brilliant unbeaten 71 run partnership until rain intervened. On the other side, there was Muralitharan who could have shown his magic on home soil.

The same thing happened to the match between Sri Lanka and Australia in the 1996 world cup when Australia and West Indies decided not to tour the trouble torn country following which points had to be given to Sri Lanka for no efforts. Now, the points happened to be shared and Australia have escaped a would-be defeat at the same venue four world cups later. Nevermind, even Australia had an equal chance of winning with players like Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting, Mitchell Johnson etc. Now, the only choice left for Aussie haters is to wait and watch what happens to Australia in their pool match against Pakistan.

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