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, 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 a eight-year lull. In 2002, the ground was used as neutral soil for Australia and Pakistan Test Series. The stadium has hosted 14 Test matches, 12 ODIs and one T20.