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 Inter-Provincial Limited Over Tournament
Inter-Provincial Twenty20
2011 Cricket World Cup
2012 ICC World Twenty20
End names
Hunnasgiriya End
Rikillagaskada End
International information
First Test 1–5 December 2010: Sri Lanka v West Indies
Last Test 3–7 July 2015: Sri Lanka v Pakistan
First ODI 8 March[1] 2011: Pakistan v New Zealand
Last ODI 15 July 2015: Sri Lanka v Pakistan
First T20I 6 August 2011: Sri Lanka v Australia
Last T20I 21 November 2013: Sri Lanka v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Kandurata cricket team (2009 – present)
As of 15 July 2015
Source: Cricinfo

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, also known as Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium, is a cricket stadium in Kandy, Sri Lanka. In July 2010, The Central Provincial Council in Kandy should be renamed the stadium to honor the legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan,[2] but never officially named as such. The stadium was opened on 27 November 2009 and became the 104th Test venue in the world in December 2010.[3][4]

Location and background[edit]

The stadium is located about a half-hour drive from Kandy. The stadium is wholly owned by Sri Lanka Cricket and has a capacity of 22,000.[5]

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 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.[6][7][8]

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

Notable events[edit]

  • 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.[citation needed]

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.[1] 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. ^ 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. ^ 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". 

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