Pitch Report: P.Sara Oval, Colombo

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Established: 1945
Capacity: 15,000
Floodlights: Yes
Ends: Air Force Flats End, Press Block End
Home Teams: Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club
Test History: 16 Tests; 7 home wins; 5 away wins; 4 draws
Last 10 tosses: 9 batted first (3 wins, 1 draws, 5 losses), 1 bowl first (1 win)

Overview

The P.Saravanamuttu Stadium hosted Sri Lanka's first Test, against England in 1982 while it was also the scene of the Sri Lanka's first Test victory, against India.

The ground hosted Test matches since 1982 until 1994 , when it had and eight year wait to host international cricket again.

The venue underwent a major revamp before and England tour and the 2011 World Cup after it received criticism from local and international media.

Last Time Out

The last Test at the ground saw Sri Lanka play host to New Zealand in the second Test of a two-match series.

The Black Caps batted first and scored more than useful 412 all out. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor scored big centuries while Daniel Flynn chipped in with a half-ton.

Seamer Tim Southee then ripped through the Sri Lanka batting order, taking five wickets, s the home team were bowled out for 244.

The visitors then scored 194 in their second dig at the crease with Taylor again in the runs, hitting 74, leaving the home team with a stiff target of 363 to win the match.

Sri Lanka never got close as they were bowled out for 195, with Southee and Trent Boult taking three wickets each, to give the visitors victory by 167 runs.

They Said

Southee said: "It's definitely a new-ball wicket, and if you can grab a couple with the new ball, then it makes it easier to make inroads into the batting line-up. It's not as easy when the ball gets older, and that can affect the team."

Mahela Jayawardene said: "It's a very sporting wicket. Sometimes, on day one it assists the fast bowlers more than any other wicket in Sri Lanka, but I think it is a very good Test wicket."

Happy Hunting Ground

Kumar Sangakkara is the leading runscorer at the venue. In 10 Tests at the venue Sanga has amassed 821 runs including four fifties and two centuries with a highest score 200 not out.

The top wicket-taker at the P.Sara Oval is the spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who took 52 wickets at the venue in just nine matches including four five-wicket hauls.

Weather Forecast

Sadly rain is forecast to fall in the late afternoon of all five days a it is sill monsoon season. Let's hope it is just passing showers.

Conclusion

All the Test matches at the ground seem to be good cricket wickets, a good batting deck with assistance for both the pacers and the spinners.

It seems as if the trend is to win the toss and bat first however the one time in the last 10 matches where the seide has won the toss and bowled they actually won the game.

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