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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,[1] 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.[2][3]

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium Main pavilion.jpg
Ground information
LocationPallekele, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Coordinates7°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
Establishment27 November 2009
OwnerSri Lanka Cricket
TenantsSri Lanka national cricket team
Inter-Provincial Limited Over Tournament
Inter-Provincial Twenty20
End names
Hunnasgiriya End
Rikillagaskada End
International information
First Test1–5 December 2010:
 Sri Lanka v  West Indies
Last Test14–18 November 2018:
 Sri Lanka v  England
First ODI8 March 2011:
 Pakistan v  New Zealand
Last ODI20 October 2018:
 Sri Lanka v  England
First T20I6 August 2011:
 Sri Lanka v  Australia
Last T20I6 September 2019:
 Sri Lanka v  New Zealand
Team information
Kandurata cricket team (2009 – present)
As of 6 September 2019
Source: ESPNcricinfo

Location and backgroundEdit

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]


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 eventsEdit

  • 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 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 made Dilshan the first ever cricketer to score centuries in all formats as a captain.[13]
  • Highest individual Test score at the venue is 176 scored by Kusal Mendis against Australia in 2016.[citation needed]
  • 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.[14]
  • Bowling figures of 7/107 by Lakshan Sandakan in the match is the best by a chinaman bowler on Test debut.[15]
  • Pallekele has witnessed 3 Twenty20 International centuries, most at any venue - Dilshan (104), McCullum (123) and Maxwell (145).[16]
  • 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).[16]
  • 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.[citation needed]
  • 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.[17]

Ground FiguresEdit


  • 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[18] 7 1 3 0 3 1 December 2010
One-Day Internationals[19] 24 10 12 2 0 8 March 2011
Twenty20 Internationals[20] 11 3 8 0 1 6 August 2011

Updated 6 September 2018