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Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium (Tamil: பாக்கியசோதி சரவணமுத்து மைதானம், Sinhala: පාකියසොති සර්වනමූත්තු ක්‍රීඩාංගනය) Colombo Oval or P. Sara or simply PSS is a multi-purpose stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is currently used mostly for cricket matches. The stadium holds 15,000 and hosted its first Test match in 1982. It is named after Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, a former civil servant and first President of the Board of Control for Cricket.[1][2][3] The venue is the home ground of the Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club. The P.Sara Oval hosts one test match per year in Sri Lanka's summer test calendar, but lost out to Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in 2011 to host Sri Lanka v Australia Tests. The stadium is equipped with a swimming complex and badminton arena for multiple sports activities.

Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium
பாக்கியசோதி சரவணமுத்து மைதானம்
P. Sara, Colombo Oval
Ground information
LocationBorella, Colombo
Coordinates6°55′08″N 79°53′02″E / 6.91889°N 79.88389°E / 6.91889; 79.88389Coordinates: 6°55′08″N 79°53′02″E / 6.91889°N 79.88389°E / 6.91889; 79.88389
Establishment1945
Capacity15,000
OwnerTamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club
OperatorSri Lanka Cricket
TenantsSri Lanka Cricket
End names
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International information
First Test17–21 February 1982:
 Sri Lanka v  England
Last Test15–19 March 2017:
 Sri Lanka v  Bangladesh
First ODI13 April 1983:
 Sri Lanka v  Australia
Last ODI20 July 2007:
 Sri Lanka v  Bangladesh
First T20I1 February 2010:
 Afghanistan v  Ireland
Last T20I24 November 2014:
 Hong Kong v    Nepal
Team information
Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club (1945 – present)
As of 15 March 2017
Source: Cricinfo

In March 2019, the cricket stadium also scheduled to host its first school cricket Big Match, well known as the 10th Battle of the Hinduites between Colombo Hindu College and Jaffna Hindu College, a stadium which was adopted as temporary home ground for Colombo Hindu College.[4]

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HistoryEdit

The P. Saravanamuttu Stadium hosted Sri Lanka's first Test, against England in 1982. Aravinda de Silva, on 3 November 1984, against New Zealand scored 50* runs, took 2 catches and with this effort he made this ground important to Sri Lanka. In 1985, Sri Lanka won their first Test match at this ground, against India. It is a relatively small ground, half surrounded by lower-level stands and half by grass banks. The most famous feature is the ivy-covered scoreboard and in 1948 Don Bradman brought his Australian side to the ground en route to England. The ground had regularly hosted international matches until 1994, but that was followed by an eight-year lull. In 2002, the ground was used as neutral soil for an Australia vs Pakistan Test Series. The stadium has hosted 15 Test matches, 12 ODIs and one T20.

Ground figuresEdit

International MatchesEdit

KeyEdit

  • 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
Test matches[5] 21 9 7 1 4 17 February 1982
One-Day Internationals[6] 12 8 2 0 2 13 April 1983
Twenty20 Internationals[7] 2 2 0 2 0 1 February 2010

Updated 5 September 2017