Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

Maryam Yasmeen

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Pallekele International Cricket Stadium is one of the most important stadiums for international matches. The Pallekele Stadium is located in Pallekele, Kandy, Sri Lanka. On November 27, 2009, this cricket stadium was inaugurated. In December 2010, it became the 104th test venue in the world. 

1n 2010, after the legendary cricketer Muttian Muralitharan, it was planned to be renamed as Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium. But it has not been done officially so far.

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium-Top View


The Pallekele Cricket Stadium has the capacity to host 35,000 spectators at a time. This international stadium is well-equipped with floodlights to enhance the overall experience. During night matches, a stunning atmosphere is created by these floodlights. 

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium-capacity

Pitch type

The pitch of Pallekele ground is batting friendly. Once the batsman settles, the pitch makes it easier to score big runs. The pitch dries up with the passage of time and becomes most effective for spinners.

Primary information

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Complete NamePallekele International Cricket Stadium
Known AsMuttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium
InaugurationNovember 27, 2009
LocationAround 15 Km To The East Of Kandy, Sri Lanka
Co-ordinates7°16`49“N 80°43`20“E
Seating Capacity35,000
DimensionLength -80m, Width-75m
Home TeamKandurata
Type Of SurfaceGrassy, Outfield
Flood LightsInstalled In 2010
Time ZoneUTC +05:30
End name Hunnasgiriya End, Rikillagaskada End
Project ValueRs: 251 Million/-
Operated By  Sri Lanka Cricket
Owner Sri Lanka National Cricket Team 
Website https://srilankacricket.ik/

Historical context

  • From 1 to 5 December 2010, first test match Sri Lanka vs. West Indies was played in this stadium.
  • On March 08, 2011, first ODI (one day international) match New Zealand vs. Pakistan was played in the ground of Pallekele stadium.
  • First T20I (twenty20 international) match between Sri Lanka and Australia was played on August 06, 2011 in Pallekele stadium. 
  • It was announced that Pallekele stadium would host 9th ICC T20I 2012 matches on September 21, 2011.


Pallekele International Cricket Stadium is at the distance of 15 km or a 30 minutes drive to the East of Kandy, Sri Lanka. 

Architecture of Pallekele Stadium

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium is a replica of the Centurion Park Stadium which is located in South Africa. Centurion Park Stadium is designed by”Tilka of South Africa”. This architectural firm was the architect for Pallekele Cricket Stadium. This project is completed by Zarara Sports Ltd Education. This project was worth Rs: 251 Million/-. 

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium-Night View

Upcoming Matches of Asia Cup 2023

 DateTimeMatch Details 
August 31, 20238:30 GMTBangladesh Vs. Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI
September 02, 20238:30 GMTPakistan Vs. India, 3rd ODI
September 04, 20238:30 GMTIndia Vs. Nepal, 5th ODI

Records Established at Stadium

Highest Team Total TeamSouth Africa National Cricket 363/7 
Lowest Team TotalZimbabwe National Cricket Team70/11
Most RunsTillakaratne Dilshan939 Runs in 15 Matches    
Most WicketsLasith Malinga24 Wickets in 16 ODIs
Highest Individual Score            Ibrahim Zadran162 Runs On Just 138 Balls
Best Bowling FiguresMitchell Johnson6 Wickets for 31 Runs
Highest PartnershipUpul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan      282-Run against Zimbabwe   

Three Cricket Format Statistics

Test Stats

Total Matches9
Matches Settle Batting First4
Matches Settle Bowling First     1
Average 2nd  Innings Scores317
Average 3rd  Innings Scores373
Average 4th Innings Scores241
Highest Score recorded 648
Lowest Score recorded117

ODI Stats

Total Matches36
Matches Settle Batting First15
Matches Settle Bowling First     20
Average 1st Innings Scores250
Average 2nd Innings Scores202
Highest Score Chased314
Lowest Score Defended206

T20I Stats

Total Matches22
Matches Settle Batting First12
Matches Settle Bowling First     08
Average 1st Innings Scores168
Average 2nd Innings Scores149
Highest Score Chased178
Lowest Score Defended125

Unforgettable Events at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

  • On  March 26, 2011, The highest partnership for the first wicket in a Cricket World Cup match was played by Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upal Tharanga with 282 score.
  • The highest individual innings by a Sri Lanka in T20I was played by Tillakaratne Dilshan against Australia.
  • In 2016, Kusal Mendis scored 176 run against Australia at this venue, which is highest score in test match.
  • Dilshan (104), McCullum (123) and Maxwell (145) played three T20I centuries in the Pallekele stadium.
  • The record of highest T20I total ever scored by Australia against Sri Lanka on September 07, 2016. 
  • Lasith Malinga took four-in-four wickets in T20I against New Zealand on September 06, 2019. He was the first cricketer to take 100 wickets in all three formats.

Where is Pallekele International Cricket Stadium located?

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium is located in Pallekele, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

What is the seating capacity of Pallekele International Cricket Stadium located?

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium has a capacity of 35,000 spectators.

When Pallekele International Cricket Stadium was inaugurated?

It was inaugurated on November 27, 2009.

Does Pallekele International Cricket Stadium  have floodlights?

Yes it has floodlights which were established in 2010.

What are the things not allowed in Pallekele Cricket Stadium?

There are several items which are not allowed to be carried in Pallekele International Cricket Stadium including cigarettes, lighters, water bottles and weapons.

When was the 1st T20I match held at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium?

The 1st T20I match was held on August 06, 2011.

When was the 1st ODI match held at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium?

The 1st ODI match was held on March 08, 2011.

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