Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium

Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium

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Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium (aka 'Colombo Oval) 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. The venue is the home ground of the Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club. This stadium is now used for multiple sports activities.

History

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.

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