Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium is a popular cricket ground of Sri Lanka
with a seating capacity of about 30,000 people. Established in the year 2000,
this stadium has hosted a number of international as well as domestic cricket
matches. The stadium is spread in an area of 60 acres which is taken on lease
from the owners of the Rangiri Dambulla temple. The first ever match was hosted
during the year 2001 when England and Sri Lanka played against each other.
Later on floodlights were also installed in the year 2003 so that the day and
night matches could also be played here. In the year 2010, the ICC declared
that the stadium is not fit for the international cricket matches owing to the
poor floodlights but in 2013, the stadium has now come up with improved lights
and thus ready to host the upcoming matches at this stadium. One of the
important factors of this ground is the turning pitch which is ideal for the
bowlers, so both the seamers and spinners can easily take quick wickets if they
bowl excellently. The bowlers have played a major role in winning the matches
and that is why this stadium is known to have some of the best bowling records.