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Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium

Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium (Sinhala: රංගිරි දඹුලු ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රීඩාංගනය, Tamil: தம்புள்ள சர்வதேச கிரிக்கெட் விளையாட்டு மைதானம்) is a 30,000[1] seat cricket stadium in Sri Lanka. It is situated in the Central Province, close to Dambulla on a 60-acre (240,000 m²) site leased from the Rangiri Dambulla Temple, is the first and only International cricket ground in dry zone of Sri Lanka. The stadium is built overlooking the Dambulla Tank (reservoir) and the Dambulla Rock.

History

  • The inaugural One Day International (ODI) match was played between Sri Lanka and England in March 2001.
  • Floodlights were installed in 2003.
  • The stadium returned to international cricket on November 2013 after a three-year period due to its highly criticized floodlight system.
  • The stadium hosted only day matches from 2013 until late 2016.
  • In 2015, plans were undertaken to replace the outdated 8 floodlight towers with four LED ones.
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The ground

Situated in the dry zone, the original rationale behind the project was that it provided Sri Lanka with the potential to host one-day matches throughout the year. Construction was funded by the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) and championed by the then BCCSL President, Thilanga Sumathipala. Construction took only 167 days. After construction and the inaugural match it sat idle due to complications with the lease and the contractors. International cricket finally returned in May 2003, the venue staging all seven matches of the tournament because of monsoon rains in the south.

The pitch is bowler friendly. Seamers benefit in the morning because of the high water table and heavy sweating. Spinners benefit in the afternoon when the pitch can crumble.

After 6 years since 2010, the first day-night ODI was held on 28 August 2016, during the ODI series against Australia after upgrading floodlights to ICC Standards.[2] This match was the final ODI for Sri Lankan great Tillakaratne Dilshan.[3]

Despite hosting over 30 day/night matches, the floodlights were not considered fit for ICC Standards, until upgrading in 2016.

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
One-Day Internationals[4]55251710323 March 2001

Updated 13 October 2018

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