Sri Lanka, Kenya & India’s facts and figures at R Premadasa Stadium Colombo – ICC World Cup 2011

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Sri Lanka, Kenya & India’s facts and figures at R Premadasa Stadium Colombo – ICC World Cup 2011

The R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo has proven to be lucky for the teams batting first, as 107 One Day Internationals have so far been played whereas 56 have been won by the teams batting first and 33 by the teams bowling first at the venue. 

Kenya has played just one ODI at the stadium where they will play their second ODI against Sri Lanka on 1 March, 2011.

Sri Lanka, who are the most successful team at the venue, played 89 and won 50 matches, by fully capitalising the home-ground advantage.

However, India holds the record of highest total of 363-5 against Sri Lanka on 3 February, 2009 whereas the Netherlands holds the unwanted record of being bowled out on the lowest total of 86 against Sri Lanka on 16 September, 2002 at the ground. Sri Lanka also holds the record for victory by the highest margin of 206 runs against the Netherlands in the same match.

Moreover, Sri Lanka also holds the record for largest margin of victory by 10 wickets against Bangladesh on 23 July, 2004 at the stadium.

The 1st ODI of the series between India and Sri Lanka in 1993 was the most thrilling match of Premadasa Stadium’s history. India won this match by 1 runs which is the lowest margin of a win by any country at the venue.

Sri Lanka has given the most number of extras (44) in an innings against the West Indies in the 2nd ODI of the series.

Gautam Gambhir holds the record for highest score (150) against Sri Lanka on 5 February, 2009. Sri Lankan legendry spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is the highest wicket taker with 70 at the venue.

Angelo Mathews has picked up 6 wickets at the expense of 20 runs against India on 12 September, 2009. This bowling performance is the best by any bowler at the venue.

Kumar Sangakkara is the most successful wicket keeper. He has been involved in 57 dismissals.

Sri Lanka and India have the highest match total, as they have made 608 runs together in one ODI played on 7 July, 1998, as Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Aravinda de Silva scored centuries in the match.

Moreover, Sanath Jayasuriya has made the record of maximum sixes (30) at Premadasa. On the other hand, Jayasuriya is also the most productive batsman of Sri Lanka’s ODI history. He played 440 ODIs and scored 13,362 runs with the average of 32.59, including 28 centuries.

Muralitharan who is playing his last World Cup is the most successful bowler of Sri Lanka’s ODI history, as he played 336 ODIs and picked up 511 wickets.

Nonetheless, Steve Tikolo is the most conquering batsmen of Kenya. He has played 127 ODIs and made 3,333 runs with the average of 30.02 including 3 centuries.

Playing the 5th World Cup, Tikolo has made 739 runs and picked up 15 wickets in his World Cup career.

Thomas Odoyo is the most glorious bowler of Kenya, as he appeared in 126 ODIs and bagged 137 wickets.

The most interesting fact is that Australia and the West Indies forfeited their Colombo matches in the Wills World Cup 1996 because of security concerns. Premadasa is going to host its second World Cup game on 1 March, as first match was played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on 26 February.


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