Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, (Sinhala: පල්ලකැලේ ජාත්යන්තර ක්රිකට් ක්රීඩාංගනය, Tamil: பல்லேகல சர்வதேச கிரிக்கெட் மைதானம்) 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 announced plans to rename the stadium to honour the legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan, but hasn't officially done so yet. The stadium was opened on 27 November 2009 and became the 104th Test venue in the world in December 2010.
|Location||Pallekele, Kandy, Sri Lanka|
|Establishment||27 November 2009|
|Owner||Sri Lanka Cricket|
|Tenants||Sri Lanka national cricket team|
Inter-Provincial Limited Over Tournament
|First Test||1–5 December 2010:|
Sri Lanka v West Indies
|Last Test||14–18 November 2018:|
Sri Lanka v England
|First ODI||8 March 2011:|
Pakistan v New Zealand
|Last ODI||20 October 2018:|
Sri Lanka v England
|First T20I||6 August 2011:|
Sri Lanka v Australia
|Last T20I||6 September 2019:|
Sri Lanka v New Zealand
|As of 6 September 2019|
Location and backgroundEdit
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. Pallekele is also the host for the Kandurata cricket team.
- 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.
- 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.
- Shaun Marsh and Mike Hussey added 258 runs for the 4th wicket, the highest fourth wicket partnership in Sri Lanka vs Australia test matches.
- 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 made Dilshan the first ever cricketer to score centuries in all formats as a captain.
- Highest individual Test score at the venue is 176 scored by Kusal Mendis against Australia in 2016.
- 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.
- Bowling figures of 7/107 by Lakshan Sandakan in the match is the best by a chinaman bowler on Test debut.
- Pallekele has witnessed 3 Twenty20 International centuries, most at any venue - Dilshan (104), McCullum (123) and Maxwell (145).
- 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).
- On 14 August 2017, India defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs and with that India whitewashed Sri Lanka for the first time in Tests.
- On 6 September 2019, Lasith Malinga took four-in-four wickets in T20Is. It was his second four-in-four in international formats. He also took 100th wicket in T20Is, becoming first cricketer to take 100 wickets in all three formats.
- 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
|Test matches||7||1||3||0||3||1 December 2010|
|One-Day Internationals||24||10||12||2||0||8 March 2011|
|Twenty20 Internationals||11||3||8||0||1||6 August 2011|
Updated 6 September 2018
2011 Cricket World CupEdit
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. A total of three matches were played at the venue during the 2011 World Cup.
2012 ICC World Twenty20Edit