The R Premadasa Stadium is one of the most renowned cricket venues located in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Also named Khettarama Stadium or Ranasinghe Premadasa Stadium, the R Premadasa Stadium has a seating capacity of 35,000 and is the largest stadium in Sri Lanka.
Established in 1986, it has hosted several high-profile tournaments including the ICC Champions Trophy 2002, the ICC World Cup 2011, and the ICC World T20 2012.
The R Premadasa Stadium staged its first One-Day International (ODI) match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in 1986. Led by John Wright, New Zealand won the match by six wickets. Since then, it has hosted more than 100 ODIs.
Let’s have a look at R Premadasa Stadium ODI records and stats:
R Premadasa ODI records and stats
Highest team total
The Indian cricket team holds the record for the highest team total at the R Premadasa Stadium in ODI cricket. During the fourth ODI of India’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2017, the Virat Kohli-led side posted a huge total of 375/5 in their 50 overs. Rohit Sharma scored 104, while Kohli smashed a 96-ball 131 to help India register a record ODI total at the venue. India later bowled out Sri Lanka for 207 in 42.4 overs to secure a massive 168-run victory in Colombo. India whitewashed Sri Lanka 5-0 in the five-match ODI series.
Lowest team total
The Netherlands national cricket team hold the record for the lowest team total at the R Premadasa Stadium in ODI format. Chasing 293 against hosts Sri Lanka during an ICC Champions Trophy clash in 2002, Netherlands were bundled out for 86 in 29.3 overs. Tim de Leede top-scored for Netherlands with 31. For Sri Lanka, Muthiah Muralidaran was the wrecker-in-chief as he picked four wickets for 15 runs in his 5.3 overs. Earlier, Marvan Atapattu’s century (101) powered Sri Lanka to 292/6 in their allotted 50 overs. Sri Lanka won the match by 206 runs.
Former Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya holds the record for the most runs at this venue in ODI cricket. Between 1992 and 2009, the flamboyant left-hander amassed 2,514 runs in 71 matches at an average of 38.67 and a strike rate of 89.37. He slammed four hundreds and 19 fifties in the ODI format at this ground. Another Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara is second on the list with 2,156 runs in 62 ODI matches on this ground.
Legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Muthiah Muralidaran bagged the most wickets at the R Premadasa Stadium in ODI cricket. The former off-spinner picked up 75 wickets in 57 matches at an average of 26.33 and an economy of 3.86. He registered best bowling figures of 5/44 on this ground in the ODI format. Former all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya features second on the list with 60 wickets in 71 ODIs.
Highest individual score
Kumar Sangakkara holds the record for the highest individual score at this venue in the ODI format. The southpaw scored 169 off 137 balls during the first ODI of South Africa’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2013. Sangakkara’s scintillating knock helped the hosts post 320/5 in their 50 overs. His knock was laced with 18 fours and six maximums. Chasing 321, South Africa were skittled out for 140 in 31.5 overs as the hosts registered a 180-run victory to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Best bowling figures
Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews holds the record for the best bowling figures at the R Premadasa Stadium in ODI cricket. During the third match of a tri-series featuring Sri Lanka, India and New Zealand in 2009, Mathews registered match-winning figures of 6/20 against India to guide the hosts to a 139-run win. Sri Lanka rode on Mathews’ impressive spell to bowl out India for 168 in their chase of 308. Earlier, Sanath Jayasuriya (98) and Thilina Kandamby (91) helped Sri Lanka post 307/6 in their 50 overs.
Former India cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly hold the record for the highest partnership at the R Premadasa Stadium in the ODI format. Electing to bat first against Sri Lanka in the Singer-Akai Nidahas Trophy final in 1998, Tendulkar and Ganguly forged a massive 252-run stand for the opening wicket. Ganguly’s 109 and Tendulkar’s 128 powered India to 307/6 in 50 overs. India later bowled out Sri Lanka for 301 in 49.3 overs to register a nail-biting six-run victory.
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