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Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium

Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium (Tamil: பாக்கியசோதி சரவணமுத்து மைதானம், Sinhala: පාකියසොති සර්වනමූත්තු ක්‍රීඩාංගනය) Colombo Oval or P. Sara or simply PSS 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.[1][2][3] The venue is the home ground of the Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club. The P.Sara Oval hosts one test match per year in Sri Lanka's summer test calendar, but lost out to Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in 2011 to host Sri Lanka v Australia Tests.

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, took 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. P Sara Oval is the only Asian ground where he played.

The ground had regularly hosted international matches until 1994, but that was followed by an eight-year lull. In 2002, the ground was used as neutral soil for an Australia vs Pakistan Test Series. The stadium has hosted 15 Test matches, 12 ODIs and one T20.

Ground figures

International Matches

Key

  • 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
FormatPHTND/N/TInaugural Match
Test matches[4]22981417 February 1982
One-Day Internationals[5]12820213 April 1983
Twenty20 Internationals[6]220201 February 2010

Updated 27 August 2019

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28 September 2019