Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

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Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
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Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Ground information
Location Pallekele, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Coordinates 7°16′49″N 80°43′20″E / 7.28028°N 80.72222°E / 7.28028; 80.72222Coordinates: 7°16′49″N 80°43′20″E / 7.28028°N 80.72222°E / 7.28028; 80.72222
Establishment 27 November 2009
Capacity 35,000
Owner Sri Lanka Cricket
Tenants Inter-Provincial Limited Over Tournament
Inter-Provincial Twenty20
2011 Cricket World Cup
End names
Hunnasgiriya End
Rikillagaskada End
International information
First Test 1 December 2010: Sri Lanka v West Indies
Last Test 7 September 2011: Sri Lanka v Australia
First ODI 8 March[1] 2011: Pakistan v New Zealand
Last ODI 6 November 2012: Sri Lanka v New Zealand
First T20I 6 August 2011: Sri Lanka v Australia
Last T20I 30 October 2012: Sri Lanka v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Kandurata cricket team (2009 – present)
As of 8 September 2011
Source: Cricinfo

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium (PICS; Sinhala: පල්ලකැලේ ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාංගනය, Tamil: பல்லேகல சர்வதேச கிரிக்கெட் மைதானம்), also known as Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium, is one of the newest cricket stadiums in Sri Lanka and the newest in the city of Kandy. The stadium has been renamed as the Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium. In July 2010, The Central Provincial Council in Kandy unanimously made the renaming decision to honour the legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan, an Anthonian and Kandy native.[2]

The stadium was declared opened on 27 November 2009.[3] Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium became the 104th Test venue in the world in December 2010.[4] The first Test was played between Sri Lanka and the West Indies from 1–5 December. The stadium is Sri Lanka's eighth Test venue. It is notable that the venue does not feature Muralitharan's name on signage.

Location and background[edit]

The stadium is located about a half-hour drive from Kandy.[5] The Pallekele stadium is wholly owned by Sri Lanka Cricket and is set to displace the Asgiriya Stadium, which has hosted Tests from 1983 to 2007, as the international venue of choice around Kandy. The stadium was built by the State Engineering Corporation of Sri Lanka along the lines of SuperSport Park in Centurion, South Africa.

Ground statistics[edit]

Facts about the Pallekele Cricket Stadium:[6]

  • Length of the stadium: 164 meters
  • Width of the stadium: 150 meters
  • Height of the stadium: 0.75 meters
  • Curator Asitha Wijayasinghe
  • Length of the pitch: 90 feet
  • Width of the pitch: 100 feet
  • Outfield of the ground would be covered with Australian synodon dactylon grass
  • Infield of the ground would be covered with Blue grass

History[edit]

The Sri Lankan cricket team practising.

The stadium has been built for the 2011 Cricket World Cup along with Hambantota International Cricket Stadium. The first Test Cricket match scheduled be played at the stadium will be between Sri Lanka and the West Indies from 1 to 5 December 2010. The first One Day International match at the venue was played between New Zealand and Pakistan on 8 March 2011. Pallekele is also the host for the Kandurata cricket team.[7][8][9]

On 21 September 2011, it was announced that Pallekele International Cricket stadium will host nine 2012 ICC World Twenty20 matches.[10]

World Cup Cricket[edit]

The following 2011 Cricket World Cup matches were played in Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in the month of March 2011. The first official international match was between Pakistan and New Zealand on 8 March 2011.[1] A total of three matches were played at the venue during the 2011 World Cup.

2011 Cricket World Cup[edit]

8 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Pakistan 
192/10 (41.4 overs)
v
 New Zealand
302/7 (50 overs)
Abdul Razzaq 62 (74)
Tim Southee 3/25 (8 overs)
Ross Taylor 131* (124)
Umar Gul 3/32 (10 overs)
 New Zealand won by 110 runs
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Daryl Harper and Nigel Llong
Player of the match: Ross Taylor (NZ)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first.
10 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
327/6 (50 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe
188/10 (39 overs)
Tillakaratne Dilshan 144 (131)
Chris Mpofu 4/62 (7 overs)
Brendan Taylor 80 (72)
Tillakaratne Dilshan 4/4 (3 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 139 runs
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Marais Erasmus and Nigel Llong
Player of the match: Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri)
  • Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to ball first.
14 March 2011 (D/N)
Scorecard
Zimbabwe 
151/10 (39.4 overs)
v
 Pakistan
164/3 (34.1 /38 overs)
Craig Ervine 52 (82)
Umar Gul 3/36 (7.4 overs)
Asad Shafiq * 78 (97)
Ray Price 2/21 (8 overs)
 Pakistan won by 7 wickets (D/L).
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Tony Hill and Nigel Llong
Player of the match: Umar Gul (Pak)
  • Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first.

ICC World Twenty20[edit]

Sri Lanka will host the 2012 ICC World Twenty20. Nine matches are due to play in Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. Other matches will be played in R. Premadasa Stadium and Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium

2012 ICC World Twenty20[edit]

Group matches
21 September 2012 (D/N)
Scorecard
New Zealand 
191/3 (20 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
132/8 (20 overs)
Brendon McCullum 123 (58)
Abdur Razzaq 2/28 (4 overs)
Nasir Hossain 50 (39)
Tim Southee 3/16 (4 overs)
 New Zealand won by 59 runs
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA) and Nigel Llong (Eng)
Player of the match: Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)
  • Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field
23 September 2012 (D/N)
Scorecard
Pakistan 
177/6 (20 overs)
v
 New Zealand
164/9 (20 overs)
Nasir Jamshed 56 (35)
Tim Southee 2/31 (4 overs)
Rob Nicol 33 (28)
Saeed Ajmal 4/30 (4 overs)
 Pakistan won by 13 runs
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA) and Bruce Oxenford (Aus)
Player of the match: Nasir Jamshed (Pakistan)
  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat
25 September 2012 (D/N)
Scorecard
Bangladesh 
175/6 (20 overs)
v
 Pakistan
178/2 (18.4 overs)
Shakib Al Hasan 84 (54)
Yasir Arafat 3/25 (3 overs)
Imran Nazir 72 (36)
Abul Hasan 2/33 (3 overs)
 Pakistan won by 8 wickets
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Steve Davis (Aus) and Ian Gould (Eng)
Player of the match: Imran Nazir (Pakistan)
  • Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat
Super 8s
27 September 2012 (D/N)
Scorecard
New Zealand 
174/7 (20 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
174/6 (20 overs)
Rob Nicol 58 (30)
Akila Dananjaya 2/32 (4 overs)
Tillakaratne Dilshan 76 (53)
James Franklin 2/34 (4 overs)
Match tied;  Sri Lanka won the Super Over
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Simon Taufel (Aus)
Player of the match: Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat
27 September 2012 (D/N)
Scorecard
West Indies 
179/5 (20 overs)
v
 England
164/4 (20 overs)
Johnson Charles 84 (56)
Stuart Broad 2/26 (4 overs)
Eoin Morgan 71* (36)
Ravi Rampaul 2/37 (4 overs)
 West Indiess won by 15 runs
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pak) and Steve Davis (Aus)
Player of the match: Johnson Charles (WI)
  • West Indies won the toss and elected to bat
29 September 2012 (D/N)
Scorecard
New Zealand 
148/6 (20 overs)
v
 England
149/4 (18.5 overs)
James Franklin 50 (33)
Steven Finn 3/16 (4 overs)
Luke Wright 76 (43)
Daniel Vettori 1/20 (4 overs)
 England won by 6 wickets
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pak) and Simon Taufel (Aus)
Player of the match: Luke Wright (Eng)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat
29 September 2012 (D/N)
Scorecard
West Indies 
129/5 (20 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
130/1 (15.2 overs)
Marlon Samuels 50 (35)
Nuwan Kulasekara 2/12 (4.0 overs)
Mahela Jayawardene 65* (49)
Ravi Rampaul 1/39 (4 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Steve Davis (Aus)
Player of the match: Mahela Jayawardene (SL)
  • West Indies won the toss and elected to bat
1 October 2012 (D/N)
Scorecard
West Indies 
139 (19.3 overs)
v
 New Zealand
139/7 (20 overs)
Chris Gayle 30 (14)
Tim Southee 3/21 (4 overs)
Ross Taylor 62* (40)
Sunil Narine 3/20 (4 overs)
Match Tied;  West Indies won the super over
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Asad Rauf (Pak)
Player of the match: Sunil Narine (WI)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to field
1 October 2012 (D/N)
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
169/6 (20 overs)
v
 England
150/9 (20 overs)
Mahela Jayawardene 42 (38)
Stuart Broad 3/32 (4 overs)
Samit Patel 67 (48)
Lasith Malinga 5/31 (4 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 19 runs
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Steve Davis (Aus) and Simon Taufel (Aus)
Player of the match: Lasith Malinga (SL)
  • England won the toss and elected to field

Trivia[edit]

  • T.Dilshan and Upul Tharanga added a 282 run partnership for the first wicket in 26 March 2011 vs Zimbabwe.This is the highest opening partnership for a Cricket World Cup game.[12]
  • Shaun Marsh scored a 142 in his debut test inning,the 16th Australian to do so and 2nd Australian Number three batsman.
  • Shaun Marsh and Mike Hussey built a 258 run partnership for the 4th wicket vs Sri Lanka at Pallekele, the highest fourth wicket partnership in Sri Lanka vs Australia Test Matches.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sheringham, Sam. "Cricket World Cup: Ross Taylor blitz sets up NZ victory". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  2. ^ Cyril Wimalasurendre (27 July 2010). "Pallekele Stadium to be named after Muralitharan". ISLAND CRICKET. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "New Pallekele International Cricket stadium opens today". Lankapuvath – National News Agency of Sri Lanka. 27 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Siddhartha Talya (30 November 2010). "Pallekele awaits its Test debut". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  5. ^ Siddarth Ravindran (23 August 2010). "Pallekele readies itself for the big day". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  6. ^ Facts about the stadium Source: Sri Lanka Cricket. On Facebook. Retrieved on 7 June 2010
  7. ^ How Sri Lanka's World Cup venues were chosen Cricinfo. Retrieved on 6 June 2010
  8. ^ ICC happy with state of progress of Sri Lanka venues Cricinfo. Retrieved on 6 June 2010
  9. ^ Sri Lanka World Cup venues on track – ICC Cricinfo. Retrieved on 6 June 2010
  10. ^ "England to start ICC World Twenty20 title defence against qualifier". Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Bravo’s 50 lifts WI to 134–2". BangaloreMirror.com. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  12. ^ Dilshan, Tharanga take Sri Lanka into quarterfinals, collect: 26 August, 2012
  13. ^ "m.smh.com". 

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