Sri Lanka national cricket team
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|Sri Lanka National Cricket Team|
Sri Lanka cricket crest
|Test status granted||1982|
|First Test match||vs England at Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo, 17–21 February 1982|
|Official ICC Test, ODI and T20I ranking||6th (Test)
3rd (T20I) 
– This year
|Last Test match||vs England at Galle International Stadium, Galle, 26–30 March 2012|
– This year
|63 / 75
01 / 01
|As of 30 December 2011 |
Sri Lanka's national cricket team achieved considerable success beginning in the 1990s, rising from underdog status to winning the Cricket World Cup in 1996. Since then, the team has continued to be a force in international cricket. The Sri Lankan cricket team reached the finals of the 2007 and 2011 Cricket World Cups consecutively. But they ended up being runners up in both those occasions. The batting of Sanath Jayasuriya (retired) and Aravinda de Silva (retired), backed up by the bowling of Muttiah Muralitharan (retired) and Chaminda Vaas (retired), among many other talented cricketers, has underpinned the successes of Sri Lankan cricket during the last 15 years.
Sri Lanka have won the Cricket World Cup in 1996, the ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 (co-champions with India), have been consecutive runners up in the 2007 and 2011 Cricket World Cups, and have been runners up in the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009. The Sri Lankan cricket team currently holds several world records, including world records for highest team totals in all three forms of the game, Test, ODI and Twenty20. Srilanka clinched the ODI series against Pakistan in Colombo on 18 June 2012.
History of Sri Lankan international cricket
Early yearsCeylon, as the country was known before 1972, played its first first-class match under that name against Marylebone Cricket Club at Nomads Ground, Victoria Park, Colombo in 1926–27, losing by an innings. The team's first win came against Patiala at Dhruve Pandove Stadium in 1932–33. The Ceylonese side competed in the M. J. Gopalan Trophy games from the 1950s, through the change of name to Sri Lanka, well into the 1970s. Sri Lankan cricket team's One Day International debut came in the 1975 Cricket World Cup and their first One Day International win against a test cricket playing nation came in the 1979 Cricket World Cup against India. Sri Lanka were later awarded test cricket status in 1981, by the International Cricket Council.
Test status and beyond
- SriLankan Cricket team Gained Test Status in 1981 and first played a Test Match in 1982 vs England
- Recorded the first test win and series victory against India in 1985
- Registered the first test win and series victory away from home against New Zealand in 1995
- Won the 1996 Cricket World Cup hosted by India, Sri Lanka & Pakistan
- Semi Finalists in the 2003 Cricket World Cup hosted by South Africa
- Runners up of the 2007 World Cup hosted by the West Indies
- Runners up of the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 hosted by England
- Semi Finalists in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 hosted by West Indies
- Runners up of the 2011 Cricket World Cup hosted by India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh
- Champions of the Asia Cup in 1986, 1997, 2004 and 2008
In 2004, Sri Lankan cricket team whitewashed South Africa 5–0 in an ODI series in Sri Lanka, which is the heaviest defeat of a South African cricket team in a bilateral One Day International series. Sri Lanka whitewashed England 5–0 in the NatWest Series in 2006, which is England's heaviest home defeat in a bilateral ODI Series. Sanath Jayasuriya was the Man of the Series. Sri Lanka also whitewashed Zimbabwe 5–0 in two ODI series, which took place in Zimbabwe in 2004 and 2008.
- Sri Lanka is the only ICC Trophy winning team to have gone on to win the Cricket World Cup at a later date.
- Sri Lanka is the only team to have participated in every edition of the Asia Cup.
- Sri Lanka is the fourth nation to reach two consecutive World Cup Finals (2007 and 2011), after West Indies (1975, 1979 and 1983), Australia (1996, 1999, 2003 and 2007) and England (1987 and 1992).
2009 shooting incidentOn March 3, 2009, the Sri Lankan team's convoy was attacked in Lahore, Pakistan by gunmen. This led to the death of five policemen and injuries to seven cricketers and a member of the coaching team. The team was on its way to the Gaddafi Stadium where they were scheduled to begin the third day of the Second Test. After the incident the test match was called off by the Sri Lankan Cricket board. Sri Lanka had agreed to tour Pakistan, replacing India who refused to do so citing security concerns.
Governing bodySri Lanka Cricket, formerly the Board for Cricket Control in Sri Lanka (BCCSL), is the controlling body for cricket in Sri Lanka. It operates the Sri Lankan cricket team and first-class cricket within Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Cricket oversees the progress and handling of the major domestic competitions: the First-class tournament Premier Trophy, the List A tournament Premier Limited Overs Tournament and the Twenty20 Tournament. Sri Lanka Cricket also organize and host the Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament, a competition where five teams take part and represent four different provinces of Sri Lanka.
TestListed in order of date first used for Test match
|No||Stadium name||Location||Capacity||First used||Matches|
|1||Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium||Colombo||15,000||17 February 1982||15|
|2||Asgiriya Stadium||Kandy||10,300||22 April 1982||21|
|3||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground||Colombo||10,000||16 March 1984||34|
|4||Colombo Cricket Club Ground(now not used)||Colombo||6,000||24 March 1984||3|
|5||R. Premadasa Stadium||Colombo||35,000||28 August 1992||7|
|6||Tyronne Fernando Stadium(now not used)||Moratuwa||15,000||8 September 1992||4|
|7||Galle International Stadium||Galle||35,000||3 June 1998||17|
|8||Pallekele International Cricket Stadium||Pallekele, Kandy||35,000||1 December 2010||1|
One Day International
|No||Stadium name||Location||Capacity||First used||Matches|
|1||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground||Colombo||10,000||13 February 1982||59|
|2||Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium||Colombo||15,000||13 April 1983||12|
|3||Tyronne Fernando Stadium (now not used)||Moratuwa||15,000||31 March 1984||6|
|4||Asgiriya Stadium||Kandy||10,300||2 March 1986||6|
|5||R. Premadasa Stadium||Colombo||35,000||5 April 1986||101|
|6||Galle International Stadium||Galle||35,000||25 June 1998||4|
|7||Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium||Dambulla||16,800||23 March 2001||43|
|8||Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium||Hambantota||35,000||20 February 2011||2|
|9||Pallekele International Cricket Stadium||Pallekele, Kandy||35,000||8 March 2011||3|
|10||Welagedara Stadium (Hasn't hosted a match yet)||Kurunegala||10,000||-||-|
|Asian Games record|
|2010||Bronze medal match||4/9||3||1||2||0||0|
|Commonwealth Games record|
Current squadThis lists all the players who play for Sri Lanka, and the forms in which they play.
- S/N: Shirt number
- 1 Is also an All-Rounder
International Match Summary - Sri Lanka
Note that career records are for Sri Lanka only. Muralitharan's statistics exclude match figures of 5-157 acquired for the ICC World XI against Australia at Sydney in 2005-06, therefore his overall aggregate for Tests is 800 wickets avge 22.72 (he was the sole Sri Lankan representative in this game). Last updated May 8, 2012.
Note that career records are for Sri Lanka only and exclude matches for ICC World XI and Asia XI.
Records by Sri Lanka
National records by Sri LankaRecords are bold if it is a World Record.
Batting recordsTest Matches
- Highest team total – 952/6 against India in 1997, in which the record holding partnership between the two star batsman Roshan Mahanama and Sanath Jayasuriya was witnessed.
- Highest aggregate of runs- Mahela Jayawardene (8221) in 101 matches at an Average of 53.38
- Most number of matches played – Muttiah Muralitharan (126).
- Most number of matches as captain – Arjuna Ranatunga (56) from 1989 to 1999.
- Highest individual score – 374 by Mahela Jayawardene against South Africa in July 2006.
- Highest partnership – 624 for the third wicket by Kumar Sangakkara (287) & Mahela Jayawardene (374) against South Africa in 2006.
- Most number of centuries – Mahela Jayawardene (28) in 101 matches.
- Most number of half centuries – Arjuna Ranatunga (38) in 93 matches.
- Most number of dismissals(includes wicket-keeping) – Kumar Sangakkara (173 dismissals) in 79 matches.
- Most number of catches – Mahela Jayawardene (142) in 101 matches.
- Highest average (qualification 20 inns.) – Kumar Sangakkara (55.97)
- Highest team total – 443/9 against Netherlands in July 2006.
- Highest aggregate of runs – Sanath Jayasuriya (13,151) in 432 matches at an average of 32.71.
- Most number of matches played – Sanath Jayasuriya (432).
- Most number of matches as captain – Arjuna Ranatunga (193) from 1988 to 1999.
- Highest individual score – 189 by Sanath Jayasuriya against India in October, 2000.
- Highest opening partnership – 286 by Sanath Jayasuriya (152) and Upul Tharanga (109) against England on July 2006.
- Highest ninth wicket partnership – 132 by Angelo Mathews (77) and Lasith Malinga (56) against Australia on November 2010.
- Most number of centuries – Sanath Jayasuriya (28) in 432 matches.
- Most number of half centuries – Kumar Sangakkara (71) in 325 matches.
- Most number of dismissals(includes wicket-keeping) – Kumar Sangakkara(291 dismissals) in 246 matches.
- Most number of catches – Mahela Jayawardene (170) in 343 matches.
- Highest average (qualification 20 inns.) – Dinesh Chandimal (43.08).
- Highest number of sixes in a match – Sanath Jayasuriya (11).
- Highest number of sixes in a career – Sanath Jayasuriya (268).
- The World's Fastest ODI 50 – scored by Sanath Jayasuriya (17 balls).
- The World's Fastest ODI 150 – scored by Sanath Jayasuriya (99 balls).]
- Highest team total – 260/6 against Kenya on 14 September 2007.
- Highest winning margin – 172 runs against Kenya in 14 September 2007.
Bowling recordsTest Matches
- Most number of wickets – 800 by Muttiah Muralitharan
- Best individual bowling – 9/51 by Muttiah Muralitharan against Zimbabwe in January 2002.
- Best bowling in a match – 16/220 by Muttiah Muralitharan against England in August 1998.
- Most number of 10 wicket hauls – Muttiah Muralitharan (22).
- Most number of 5 wicket hauls – Muttiah Muralitharan (67).
- Best average – 18.94 by Ajantha Mendis.
- Most number of wickets taken bowled – Muttiah Muralitharan (157).
- Most number of wickets taken stumped – Muttiah Muralitharan (41).
- Only bowler to take a hat-trick in first three balls in a test match (Nuwan Soysa)in November 1999 against Zimbabwe
- Most number of wickets – 534 by Muttiah Muralitharan at 23.00 in 349 matches.
- Best individual bowling – 8/19 by Chaminda Vaas against Zimbabwe in December 2001.
- Most number of 5 wicket hauls – Muttiah Muralitharan (8).
- Best Average – 10.25 by Ajantha Mendis.
- Only bowler to take 4 wickets in 4 consecutive balls – Lasith Malinga against South Africa in March 2007.
- First Sri Lankan bowler to have taken two ODI Hat-tricks in a career – Chaminda Vaas against Zimbabwe in 2001 and Bangladesh in 2003.
- First bowler to have taken three ODI Hat-tricks in a career – Lasith Malinga against South Africa in 2007, Kenya in 2011 and Australia in 2011.
- Only bowler to have taken 8 wickets in a ODI – Chaminda Vaas against Zimbabwe in 2001.
- World's first bowler to take a 6 wicket haul in a Twenty20 match – Ajantha Mendis against Australia on 8 August 2011.
- Best bowling figures in a Twenty20 match – 6/16 by Ajantha Mendis against Australia on 8 August 2011.
World Cup records by Sri Lanka
- Highest team total – 398/5 against Kenya in 1996.
- Highest opening partnership – 282 by Upul Tharanga(133) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (144) against Zimbabwe in 2011.
- First 200 run opening stand in World Cup Cricket – 282 by Upul Tharanga(133) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (144) against Zimbabwe in 2011.
- 'Highest partnership (runs) – 282 for the first wicket by Upul Tharanga (133) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (144) against Zimbabwe.
- Most number of runs – Sanath Jayasuriya (1165) in 38 matches.
- Highest individual score – Aravinda de Silva (145) against Kenya in 1996.
- Most number of matches played – Muttiah Muralitharan (40).
- Best individual bowling – 6/25 by Chaminda Vaas against Bangladesh in 2003.
- Most number of dismissals (includes wicket-keeping) – Kumar Sangakkara (32) in 21 matches.
- Most number of wickets – Muttiah Muralitharan (68) in 40 matches.
- World's only bowler to take four wickets in four consecutive balls – Lasith Malinga against South Africa in 2007.
- World's only bowler to take two World Cup hat-tricks – Lasith Malinga against South Africa and Kenya in 2007 and 2011.
- First Sri Lankan bowler to take a World Cup Hat-trick – Chaminda Vaas against Bangladesh in 2003.
- World's only bowler to have taken a World Cup Hat-trick in the first three balls of a match – Chaminda Vaas against Bangladesh in 2003.
- Sri Lanka walked off with a 210-runs victory against Canada at Hambantota on 20 February 2011, the seventh largest in World Cup history.
- The first player to play in 400 matches – Sanath Jayasuriya.
- The oldest player to score a century – Sanath Jayasuriya, at 39 years and 212 days.
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