Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium

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Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
Dambulla Stadium
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium.jpg
During match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan ODI on 30th of August 2014
Ground information
Location Dambulla, Central Province
Coordinates 7°51′34″N 80°38′02″E / 7.85944°N 80.63389°E / 7.85944; 80.63389Coordinates: 7°51′34″N 80°38′02″E / 7.85944°N 80.63389°E / 7.85944; 80.63389
Establishment 2000
Capacity 16800 (approx)
Owner The Golden Temple, Dambulla
Operator Sri Lanka Cricket
Tenants 2010 Asia Cup
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International information
First ODI 23 March 2001:
 Sri Lanka v  England
Last ODI 20 August 2017:
 Sri Lanka v  India
First T20I 19 November 2014:
 Hong Kong v    Nepal
Last T20I 22 November 2014:
 Hong Kong v    Nepal
As of 20 August 2017
Source: Cricinfo

Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium (Sinhalese: රංගිරි දඹුලු ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රීඩාංගනය, Tamil: தம்புள்ள சர்வதேச கிரிக்கெட் விளையாட்டு மைதானம்) is a 30,000[1] seat cricket stadium in Sri Lanka. The Stadium is situated in the Central Province, close to Dambulla on a 60-acre (240,000 m²) site leased from the Rangiri Dambulla Temple, is the first and only International cricket ground in dry zone of Sri Lanka. The stadium is built overlooking the Dambulla Tank (reservoir) and the Dambulla Rock.

History[edit]

  • The inaugural One Day International (ODI) match was played between Sri Lanka and England in March 2001.
  • Floodlights were installed in 2003.
  • The stadium returned to international cricket on November 2013 after 3-year period due to its highly criticized floodlight system.
  • The stadium hosted only Day matches from 2013 until late 2016.
  • In 2015, plans were underwtaken to replace the outdated 8 floodlight towers with 4 LED ones.
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The ground[edit]

Situated in the dry zone, the original rationale behind the project was that it provided Sri Lanka with the potential to host one-day matches throughout the year. Construction was funded by the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) and championed by the then BCCSL President, Thilanga Sumathipala. Construction took only 167 days. After construction and the inaugural match it sat idle due to complications with the lease and the contractors. International cricket finally returned in May 2003, the venue staging all seven matches of the tournament because of monsoon rains in the south.

The pitch is bowler friendly. Seamers benefit in the morning because of the high water table and heavy sweating. Spinners benefit in the afternoon when the pitch can crumble.

After 6 years since 2010, the first day-night ODI was held on 28 August 2016, during the ODI series against Australia after upgrading floodlights to ICC Standards.[2] This match was the final ODI for Sri Lankan great Tillakaratne Dilshan.[3]

Despite hosting over 30 Day/Night matches, the floodlights were not considered fit for ICC Standards

Ground figures[edit]

International Matches[edit]

Key[edit]

  • P Matches Played
  • H Matches Won by Home Side
  • T Matches Won by Touring Side
  • N Matches Won by Neutral Side
  • D/N/T Matches Drawn/No Result/Tied
Ground Figures
Format P H T N D/N/T Inaugural Match
One-Day Internationals[4] 51 25 14 10 2 23 March 2001

Updated 5 September 2017