Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

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Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Pallekele stadium slveng.jpg
A One Day International between Sri Lanka v England on 13 December 2014
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 Sri Lanka national cricket team
Inter-Provincial Limited Over Tournament
Inter-Provincial Twenty20
End names
Hunnasgiriya End
Rikillagaskada End
International information
First Test 1–5 December 2010:
 Sri Lanka v  West Indies
Last Test 26–30 July 2016:
 Sri Lanka v  Australia
First ODI 8 March 2011:
 Pakistan v  New Zealand
Last ODI 4 September 2016:
 Sri Lanka v  Australia
First T20I 6 August 2011:
 Sri Lanka v  Australia
Last T20I 6 September 2016:
 Sri Lanka v  Australia
Team information
Kandurata cricket team (2009 – present)
As of 6 September 2016
Source: ESPNcricinfo

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, also known as Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium , (Sinhala: පල්ලෙකැලේ ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාංගණය, Tamil: பல்லேகலை சர்வதேச கிரிக்கெட் விளையாட்டு மைதானம்) is a cricket stadium in Kandy, Sri Lanka. In July 2010, The Central Provincial Council in Kandy has planned renamed the stadium to honor the legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan,[1] but hasn't officially named yet. The stadium was opened on 27 November 2009 and became the 104th Test venue in the world in December 2010.[2][3]

Location and background[edit]

The stadium is located about a half-hour drive east of Kandy. The stadium is wholly owned by Sri Lanka Cricket and has a capacity of 22,000.[4]

History[edit]

The stadium has been built for the 2011 Cricket World Cup along with Hambantota International Cricket Stadium. The first Test match between Sri Lanka and the West Indies was played 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.[5] Pallekele is also the host for the Kandurata cricket team.[6][7][8]

On 21 September 2011, it was announced that Pallekele International Cricket stadium would host nine 2012 ICC World Twenty20 matches.[9]

Notable events[edit]

  • Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga added a 282 run partnership for the first wicket against Zimbabwe on 26 March 2011. This is the highest partnership for the first wicket in a Cricket world cup match.[10]
  • By dismissing Chris Gayle of West Indies, Sri Lanka's Suranga Lakmal became the third bowler to take a wicket with the first ball bowled in a test match at a new venue, joining Kapil Dev of India and Imran Khan of Pakistan.[11]
  • Shaun Marsh of Australia scored a 142 vs Sri Lanka in his debut test inning, the 16th Australian to score a century on debut. Shaun Marsh and Mike Hussey added 258 runs for the 4th wicket, the highest fourth wicket partnership in Sri Lanka vs Australia test matches.[12]
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan scored a Twenty20 International century against Australia, becoming the second Sri Lankan to score centuries in all formats. This is the highest individual innings by a Sri Lankan in T20Is, and the feat sealed Dilshan as the first ever cricketer to score centuries in all formats as a captain.[13]
  • Highest team total in T20I at the Pallekele is 215/3 by Sri Lanka against West Indies.[14]
  • Highest Test individual score at the venue is 176 scored by Kusal Mendis against Australia in 2016. This score is the highest test score by a Sri Lankan in home soil against Australia and second highest against them by a Sri Lankan.
  • While attempting to bat time for a draw on the fifth day, the ninth and tenth-wicket partnerships featuring Steve O'Keefe, Peter Nevill and Josh Hazlewood (Aus) faced a Test cricket record 25.4 consecutive overs without scoring a run.[15]
  • Bowling figures of 7/107 by Lakshan Sandakan in the match is the best by a chinaman bowler on Test debut.[16]
  • Pallekele has witnessed 3 Twenty20 International centuries, most at any venue - Dilshan (104), McCullum (123) and Maxwell (145).[17]
  • On 7 September 2016, Australia recorded the Highest Twenty20 International total ever by scoring 263/3 against Sri Lanka, who previously held the record (260/6).[17]

2011 Cricket World Cup[edit]

The following 2011 Cricket World Cup matches were played in Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. The first official international match was between Pakistan and New Zealand on 8 March 2011.[5] A total of three matches were played at the venue during the 2011 World Cup.

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.

2012 ICC World Twenty20[edit]

Sri Lanka hosted the 2012 ICC World Twenty20. Nine matches were played in Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cyril Wimalasurendre (27 July 2010). "Pallekele Stadium to be named after Muralitharan". ISLAND CRICKET. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "New Pallekele International Cricket stadium opens today". Lankapuvath – National News Agency of Sri Lanka. 27 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Siddhartha Talya (30 November 2010). "Pallekele awaits its Test debut". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  4. ^ Siddarth Ravindran (23 August 2010). "Pallekele readies itself for the big day". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  5. ^ a b Sheringham, Sam. "Cricket World Cup: Ross Taylor blitz sets up NZ victory". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  6. ^ How Sri Lanka's World Cup venues were chosen Cricinfo. Retrieved on 6 June 2010
  7. ^ ICC happy with state of progress of Sri Lanka venues Cricinfo. Retrieved on 6 June 2010
  8. ^ Sri Lanka World Cup venues on track – ICC Cricinfo. Retrieved on 6 June 2010
  9. ^ "England to start ICC World Twenty20 title defence against qualifier". Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Dilshan, Tharanga take Sri Lanka into quarterfinals, collect: 26 August, 2012
  11. ^ "Bravo’s 50 lifts WI to 134–2". BangaloreMirror.com. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  12. ^ "m.smh.com". 
  13. ^ "Dilshan's T20i century at Pallekele". ESPNcricinfo. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  14. ^ "West Indies tour of Sri Lanka, 1st T20I: Sri Lanka v West Indies at Pallekele, Nov 9, 2015". ESPNcricinfo. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  15. ^ Daniel Brettig (30 July 2016). "Australia stumped, yet again". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  16. ^ "Sandakan creates history as left-arm spinners take stage". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  17. ^ a b "Australia set new record, Maxwell misses out on one". ESPNcricinfo. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 

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