R. Premadasa Stadium

R. Premadasa Stadium

india Updated: Nov 18, 2003 12:14 IST

Name: R. Premadasa Stadium

Also or formerly known as: Khettarama Stadium

End names: Khettarama End, Scoreboard End

In the centre of Colombo's commercial heartland, Premadasa International cricket stadium was renamed in the honour of former Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa.

The biggest stadium of this tropical island, it has a capacity of around 40,000 people.

The stadium was built on swampland previously used by monks ferrying across to the Khettarama temple adjacent to the stadium.

The ground is quite new, with the first one-day International being played here between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in 1986.

The venue is best remembered for holding the world record for the highest Test total — 952/6 declared by Sri Lanka against India in 1997/98 in which former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya scored 340 and Roshan Mahanama 225, the pair sharing the highest partnership for any wicket in Test cricket with 576 for the second wicket.

Invariably flat, the pitches here are slow in pace and low in bounce. There is turn for the spinners and chasing big scores can prove to be difficult.

First Published: Nov 18, 2003 12:14 IST