R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Khadija Khawar

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R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium is one of the three biggest stadiums in Sri Lanka to host more than 100 international matches to date. The stadium was established in 1986 and formerly it was known as the Khettarama Stadium till June 1994. After June 1994, it was named after the Sri Lankan president Ranasinghe Premadasa also known as R. Premadasa.

The stadium capacity is 35000 spectators at a time. Certainly, this stadium is considered the “home of Sri Lankan cricket” and can hold more spectators than Lord’s in England. On the whole, the stadium comprises two bowling ends named Khettarama End and Scoreboard End.

R. Premadasa Stadium Colombo, Sri Lanka

Basic Details:

LocationMaligawatta, Colombo, Sri Lanka
AddressPremadasa Stadium Khettarama Road, Maligawatta, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Coordinates 6°56′22.8″N 79°52′19.3″E
Former NameKhettarama Stadium
OwnerSri Lanka Cricket
OperatorSri Lanka Cricket
End NamesKhettarama End, Maligawatta End
Time ZoneUTC+5:30
Square Boundaries Length65 meters
Straight Boundaries Length70 meters

History of R. Premadasa Stadium:

Earlier this stadium was constructed, and there were swampy areas on the Khettarama Road, Maligawatta. There was the Khettarama temple adjacent to the swamplands. Hence, Monks used to ferry these swampy lands to travel to the temple for worship. Later on, to improve international cricket for Sri Lanka, this Stadium was built on these swampy lands.

The Renovation:

Since the stadium was not completed until 2010. Henceforth, there were no permanent seats in the stadium for spectators, only the player pavilions had permanent seats. Therefore, temporary seats were arranged for the matches played in the stadium. The press box was not completed either; the reporters and commentators were arranged in a quick temporary set-up.

In July 2010, pitch expert Andy Atkinson submitted a report on the developments of the stadium to the ICC. He expressed his concerns about the slow improvement of the pitch and stadium. In light of that report, the stadium underwent a renovation to host the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

The renovation of R. Premadasa Stadium

The spectators’ capacity was enhanced to 35,000, and the media box was built to accommodate almost 200 journalists. A permanent seating set-up was arranged. The commentary box was upgraded. Floodlights were installed. The stadium underwent a complete renovation and upgrade before the 2011 World Cup. The upgrade cost Sri Lanka Cricket about $8 million.

Another project to upgrade the stadium started in September 2014. The project included a significant upgrade to the training facilities, which included indoor nets, a swimming pool, and dorms for the academy. The estimated cost of the project was $770,000.

Stadium Architecture and Enclosures:

Overall, there are four Public stands in the stadium. All four public blocks are in two-tier seating arrangements, lower and higher. Blocks C and D are built between the scoreboards. Lower tiers are made with long concrete rafters, while upper tiers with expensive tickets are equipped with block seats.

The lower blocks A and B give a moderate view of the ground and scoreboard. On the positive side, lower C and D are a perfect choice if one wants to be in the center of the celebration, as it gives a clear picture of the boundaries. The views are incredible in lower C and D, even from the distant corner. Hence, If one wants the bird’s eye view, then upper C and D are the best choices. The undoubtedly excellent stand area gives the most VIP view with the most expensive tickets.

Besides, there is an H block for the family members of the players, on one side of which there is a players’ pavilion. On the opposite side of the H block is the Media Box for the commentators and other technical staff.

History of Stadium Openers:

On February 2, 1986, limited-overs play between Sri Lanka and England officially inaugurated the stadium. On April 5, 1986, Sri Lanka and New Zealand played their first one-day international in their home stadium. Pakistan and Sri Lanka played their first international ODI on March 9, 1986. On August 28, 1992, the Australian team played its first test match with Sri Lanka in this stadium.

In 2003 a practice centre was also built on the backside of the stadium with the addition of 16 practice pitches and dorms for the Academy. Even more, the stadium is honored to have the highest Test total ever recorded, 952 for 6 declared by Sri Lanka against India in 1998. Former Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama scored 340 and 225, respectively, setting a Test record for the highest second-wicket partnership for 576.

International Matches Details:

First Test28 August – 2 September 1992Sri Lanka vs. Australia
Last Test14–18 July 2017Sri Lanka vs. Zimbabwe
First ODI5 April 1986Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand
Last ODI24 June 2022Sri Lanka vs. Australia
First T2010 February 2009Sri Lanka vs. India
Last T20I8 June 2022Sri Lanka vs. Australia
First WODI29 March 1999Sri Lanka vs. Netherlands
Last WODI :17 November 2016Sri Lanka vs. England
First WT20I 4 October 2012England vs. New Zealand
Last WT20I27 September 2016Sri Lanka vs. Australia

Pitch Reports:

In general, the pitch at the Premadasa Stadium has been an excellent batting surface, where batters benefit from the wicket’s hardness in the first few overs of the game. As the game goes on, the pitch slows down in favor of the spinners, as a result, spinners have the ability to influence the outcome of a match by utilizing the turn and grip the pitch offers.

However, if a batter succeeds in spending more time in the middle, things can go in favor of the batting team because both spin bowlers and hitters have benefited from this pitch in the past. 

Pitch of R. Premadasa Stadium

Altogether, the pitches have a level surface, modest tempo, and little bounce. Dew is also an essential factor affecting the pitch. Since the game is played away from the sea, the dew can also be a deciding factor because the ball becomes challenging to handle and leads to game-winning run chases.

  • No ties were recorded at this pitch.
  • Batting first has won 14 times.
  • Batting first has won 15 times.
  • The average score when batting first is 147.
  • Highest team score: Jaffna Kings with 207/6
  • Lowest team score: Dambulla Giants with 69/10

Stadium Records and Stats:

STATS – Test Matches

Total Matches8
Matches Won While Batting First2
Matches Won While Bowling First3
Average 1st Inns Scores319
Average 2nd Inns Scores385
Average 3rd Inns Scores288
Average 4th Inns Scores246
Highest Total Recorded952/6 (271) by SL vs. IND
Lowest Total Recorded86/10 (27.4) by BAN vs. SL


Total Matches154
Matches Won While Batting First83
Matches Won While Bowling First61
Average 1st Inns Scores231
Average 2nd Inns Scores191
Highest Total Recorded375/5 (50) by IND vs. SL
Lowest Total Recorded78/10 (33.1) by SLW vs. ENGW
Highest Score Chased292/4 (48.3) by SL vs. AUS
Lowest Score Defended170/10 (49.2) by WIW vs. SLW


Total Matches 55
Matches Won While Batting First23
Matches Won While Bowling First31
Average 1st Inns Scores143
Average 2nd Inns Scores128
Highest Total Recorded215/5 (19.4) by BAN vs. SL
Lowest Total Recorded80/10 (14.4) by ENG vs. IND
Highest Score Chased215/5 (19.4) by BAN vs. SL
Lowest Score Defended115/6 (20) by RSA vs. SL

What is the ODI record for Premadasa Stadium?

375 is the highest ODI score and 103 is the lowest ODI score on R. Premadasa Stadium.

Which is the biggest international stadium in Sri Lanka.

R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium is one of the three biggest international cricket stadiums to host more than 100 international one-days.

What is the capacity of Premadasa Stadium?

Stadium has the capacity of 35,000 spectators.

What type of pitch is the Premadasa Stadium?

In the first few overs pitch In the first few overs pitch benefits batters but as the game goes on, the pitch becomes favourable for the spinners.

Where is the final of the Lanka Premier League?

Lankan Premier League Final will be played at R. Premadasa Stadium on Aug 20, Monday at 2:00 PM GMT.

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