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Pallekele Cricket Stadium

 Pallekele Cricket Stadium is an alluring Stadium in Sri Lanka Surrounded by verdure. The stadium will be renamed to memorialize the famous cricketer of Sri Lankan team Muttiah Muralitharan. According to plans made in Kandy by Central Provincial Council but hasn’t made it official yet.

Moreover, this Stadium was established on 27, Nov 2009. It has a capacity of 35.000 Spectator. However, if we deliberate about the Test match, then in December 2010, this is the 104th Test Stadium in the world.

Details of Pallekele Cricket Stadium

LocationKandy Sri Lanka Pallekele
ownerSri Lankan Cricket Board
Play area75mwide, 80mlong
Curator Alegendary jisinghe
EndsRikillagaskada ends, Hunnasgiriya Emds
 Time zoneUTC+5:30
Stadium Information

Interntional Information of the Stadium

1st T20S L vs Aus Aug, 6,2011
Last T20S L vs Aus June, 11,2022
1st ODIPak vs New Z Mar, 8,2011
Last ODIS L vs Afg Nov, 30,2022
1st TestS L vs WI Dec, 1_5,2010
Last TestS L vs Ban Apr, 29_3May,2021
International Information of Stadium
Pallekele Cricket Stadium
Pallekele Cricket Stadium


The stadium is roughly 30 minutes’ drive east of Kandy. Sri Lanka Cricket is the sole owner of the 35,000-seat stadium. Also, near places the Stadium is so ravishing and tempting, numerous tourists go there to see the beautiful greenery and locus situated near the stadium.


Pallekele Cricket Stadium was constructed in 2011 combined with Hambantota Stadium and specially this Stadium was designed to host the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Whereas, the start of the One-day international matches in this field was in 2010 between Pakistan and New Zealand.

In Pallekele Stadium, the Kandurata cricket squad was also hosted in 2011.

In addition, one of the sporting grounds constructed for the 2011 Cricket World Cup that India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh held was the Pallekele cricket stadium.

The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium will host 9 ICC World Twenty20 events in 2012, it was confirmed on September 21.

Memorable Records in Pallekele Cricket Stadium

  • On March 26, 2011, in opposition to Zimbabwe, Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan incorporate a 282-run collaboration by the opener batsman. This is the extensively prominent 1st-wicket partnership ever in a Cricket World Cup game.
  • Suranga Lakmal of Sri Lanka was nominated as the 3rd-bowler to claim a Test wicket from the first delivery at a brand-new location, joining the likes of Imran Khan and Kapil Dev, in that feat.
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan nominated the 2nd Sri Lankan to achieve a century in every format when he struck a century in a T20 International match in opposition to Australia.
  • Kusal Mendis‘s 176 against Australia in 2016 is the highest number of exclusive Test runs at this ground.
  • Australia scored 263/3 opposing Sri Lanka on September 7, 2016, breaking the previous record of 260/6 grasp by Sri Lanka, which was the highest Twenty20 international aggregate eternally.
  • Lasith Malinga recorded four consecutive T20I wickets against New Zealand on September 6, 2019. His second four out of four in a row in an international configuration. He also recorded his 100th T20I wicket in the same game, making him the first bowler to reach that milestone in all three forms.
  • The performance of Lakshan Sandakan, a leisurely left-hand wrist-turn bowler making his Test debut included the best bowling statistics of 7/107.
  • Pallekele stadium has testified that Maxwell (145)Dilshan (104), and McCullum (123)  all three players scored a century in the Twenty20 International, which is the most at any venue.

Pallekele Cricket Stadium Figures

P for played Match

N for the neural side won

H for the Home side won

T for the Touring side won

D/N/T for no result of any match

FormatPNHTD/N/TMatch inaugural
TEST Matches70133December, 1,2010
ODI Matches24210120March, 8,2011
T20 matches110381August, 6,2011
Stadium Figures
Pallekele Cricket Stadium
Pallekele Cricket Stadium

World Cup 2011 in Pallekele Cricket Stadium

Furthermore, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium hosted the following 2011 Cricket World Cup contests. New Zealand and Pakistan played in the 1st legitimate international game on March 8, 2011. Three games in all were held there during the 2011 World Cup.

  • Pakistan lost by New Zealand in this game.
  • Sri Lanka won by Zimbabwe in second Match.
  • Pakistan won by Zimbabwe in the third match of the world cup.

T20 World Cup

In 2012, the ICC World Twenty20 was held in Sri Lanka. Pallekele International Cricket Stadium hosted nine games.

  • The first match was played among Bangladesh and New Zealand.
  • The second match was between Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka.
  • The third match was between Pakistan vs Zimbabwe.
  • The fourth match was between Bangladesh vs New Zealand.
  • The fifth match was between Pakistan vs New Zealand.
  • The Sixth match was between Pakistan vs Bangladesh.
  • The seventh match was between Sri Lanka vs New Zealand.
  • The Eighth match was between England vs West Indies.
  • The ninth match was between England vs New Zealand.

Pitch Information

Also, the Pallekele Stadium pitch is batting favorable pitch and also famous for the convenience of the batters, who frequently control the game. Since the pitch doesn’t help pacers much, it’s simpler for batsmen to get into a groove and start scoring huge runs once they are comfortable.

The Pallekele International Stadium’s playing surface gradually dries up and becomes extra beneficial for spinners as the games go on. It wouldn’t be shocking to see game-altering performances by the proficient spin Unit given the great spin alternatives both sides have available.

Pallekele Cricket Stadium
Pallekele Cricket Stadium

Stats of matches at Pallekele Cricket Stadium


Total  Played Match: 32
First Batting Won: 14
Second Batting Won: 18
Tie: 0
Average. Runs in First bat: 256

Highest runs: South Africa 363/7

Lowest runs: Zimbabwe 70/10

T20I Stats

Total  Played Matches: 22
First Batting Won: 12
Second Batting Won: 8
Tie: 2
Average . Runs in First bat: 173

Highest runs: Australia 263/3

Lowest runs: New Zealand 88/10

TEST Stats


1st Batting side won :4

2nd batting side won:1

Avg,runs 1st  inn:323

Avg, runs 2nd inn:317

Avg, runs 3rd  inn:273

Avg,runs  4th inn:241

Domestic Cricket T20I Stats

Total  Played Match: 25
First Batting Won: 14
Second Batting  Won: 11
Tie: 0
Average. Runs in First bat: 161

Highest runs: Jaffna Kings 240/4

Lowest runs: Dambulla Giants 89/10

 Stats of Women’s ODI

Total Played Match: 3
First Batting  Won: 1
Second Batting  Won: 2
Tie: 0
Average. Runs in the first bat: 200

Highest runs: India Women 255/9

Lowest runs: Sri Lanka Women 171/10

Asia Cup 2023 Although Asia Cup 2023, which is scheduled to be hosted by Pakistan, but three of its matches will be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium and Sri Lanka is also the defending champion of the Asia Cup.

Whereas the main reason behind this was that apparently Asia Cup was supposed to be held in Pakistan, but India was not willing to play in Pakistan, so a neutral venue was provided to them, 4 matches will be played in Pakistan and nine matches of the Asia cup will be played in Sri Lanka.

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