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R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

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R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPS) (ආර්. ප්‍රේමදාස ක්‍රීඩාංගනය, ஆர். பிரேமதாச ஸ்டேடியம்; also known as Khettarama Stadium, Ranasinghe Premadasa Stadium or simply as the Premadasa Stadium) is a cricket stadium on Khettarama Road, Maligawatta, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The stadium was, before June 1994, known as the Khettarama Cricket Stadium and is today one of the main venues where the Sri Lankan cricket team play, having hosted more than 100 one day international matches. It is the largest stadium in Sri Lanka with capacity of 35,000 spectators. It has capacity exceeding Lord's Cricket Ground. It is nicknamed "Home of Sri Lankan cricket". It was also the stadium where the highest Test score was scored.HistoryEarly historyThe stadium is the brainchild of the late Sri Lankan president Ranasinghe Premadasa, who championed the development of this 40,000-seater concrete bowl, the biggest stadium in Sri Lanka. Opened on 2 February 1986 with a match between a Sri Lanka 'B' side and an England 'B' team, the stadium was built on swampland previously used by monks ferrying across to the Khettarama temple adjacent to it.Ground historyThe inaugural One Day International was played on 9 March 1986, Sri Lanka v Pakistan. On 28 August 1992 it hosted its inaugural Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia. The venue is best remembered for holding the world record for the highest Test total – 952/6 declared by Sri Lanka against India in 1997/1998 in which former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya scored 340 and Roshan Mahanama 225, the pair sharing a partnership 576 for the second wicket, at that time it was the highest for any wicket in a Test Match. On 10 February 2009 it hosted inaugural T20i match between Sri Lanka & India as well as 1st T20i to be played in Sri Lanka.
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  • When there is no match you can only see it from outside. This is considered cricketer's paradise in Lanka. Every budding cricketer dreams of playing on this ground! 
  • R. Premadasa Stadium most popular cricket ground in sri lanka. during national cricket matches it has an amazing crowd and gets really noisy 
  • We had managed to get tickets to the last game of the Australia tour of Sri Lanka at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Khettarama, Colombo. We were advised to arrive early. With the game scheduled to start a...  read more »
  • One of the best international cricket grounds in Sri Lanka. The facility can be bit more cleaned and well maintained but the grounds, pitch and atmosphere is amazing.
  • Renovated for the cricket world cup. Now it looks nice and comfortable. The only stadium that can play day and night cricket in Colombo.
  • Great to watch Sri Lanka vs. anyone at cricket. The Atmosphere is amazing. Only issue is the traffic and parking getting there and back, best to leave the car home and just tuk tuk it.
  • Best cricketing ground in Sri Lanka without a doubt.. But lot to improve as a international ground..
  • NIC Sri lankan
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