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CWC Elite Observation : Greyish Australia Follow the Lankan's Way

954   //    14 Mar 2011, 01:05 IST

Australia completed an unconvincing victory over Kenya, showing ‘rust’ as hey ambled along.This game though, brought back some old memories for me,specifically of the 1996 Wills World Cup.

Sri Lanka squared off against Kenya in Kandy on  6th March 1996 over 15 ears ago but that game and Sunday’s Australia vs Kenya followed the same routine.

Sri Lanka batting first plundered 398, 75 runs more than Australia.In reply to nearly 400 which was astronomical in those days Kenya made 254/7 in 50 overs.

Parallely Kenya today made 264/6 against a strong Aussie attack on a dead Bengaluru track.Collins Obuya stroked a workman like  98* and weirdly in 1996 Steve Tikolo got 96 very  much in the same vein.

Kenya's cricketer Collins Obuya, right, attempts a shot as Australia's Brad Haddin, left, reacts during the Cricket World Cup Group A match between Australia and Kenya in Bangalore, India, Sunday, March 13, 2011.

Obuya scored a career best 98*


You can call my remarks supernatural  but I can see a real trend in games.Obviously some factors are constant in this case,the venues were much alike and the seasons were the same.These  really doesn’t say much but Cricket has it’s own mantra and sometimes lightning does strike twice.

Australia evaded a face off against Sri Lanka this time but they certainly are going along the same path.The bottom line is that history does tend to repeat itself and if you are a gambling man,I advice you to check out history.

SL v KEN , 1996 Scorecard