Galle Stadium - happy hunting ground of Lanka
Sri Lanka already one up in the three match series will return to
their happy hunting ground - the Galle International Stadium to play
their second Test against the touring Indian team which gets under way
Sri Lanka have maintained an impressive record at this World famous
picturesque venue where the home side have won eighty percent of the
test matches played so far.
After it was destroyed during the December 2004 tsunami the Galle
International Stadium was rebuilt with the help of cricketing great such
as Sir Ian Botham and Shane Warne who incidentally captured his 500th
test wicket at this same venue in March 2004.
Three years after the tsunami the Galle Stadium was restored to its
former glory in time to host the third test match against England in
The Galle Stadium is one of the most picturesque world cricketing
venues where the stadium is overlooked by the 16th Century Dutch Galle
Fort and flanked by the balmy blue sea.
This is also considered as Sri Lanka's lucky ground where they have
lost only twice out of their 12 outings since the first test match was
played here against New Zealand in June 1998 where the home side
triumphed by a massive margin of an innings and 16 runs.
Thereafter Sri Lanka have gone onto beat South Africa (2000), England
(2001), India (2001), West Indies (2001) and Zimbabwe (2002) quite
Their only two defeats were against Pakistan (2000) and Australia
The Galle International Stadium has also turned out to be a happy
haunting ground for Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardena and spin
wizard Muttiah Muralitharan who is just nine scalps away from completing
one hundred wickets at this venue.
Out of the 12 outings Muralitharan has so far captured 91 wickets at
a splendid average of 16.50 and has claimed a matchbag of ten wickets on
In fact Muralitharan has the best bowling figures in an innings at
this venue - 7 for 46 against England in 2003 and also the best bowling
figures in a match - 13 for 171 against South Africa in 2000.
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena also has happy memories at the
Galle Stadium where he has scored over one thousand runs at a staggering
average of 99.21.
The 31 year old right hander holds the record for the highest
individual score here where he hammered a magnificent 237 against South
Africa in 2004.
Former Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu is the only other player to
have scored a double century at the Galle Stadium.
Jayawardena has so far accumulated a total of 1389 runs from 12
matches with four centuries and six half centuries.