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Revamped Dambulla Stadium equipped for Day-night Cricket

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Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium is now equipped to host floodlight (day-night) cricket matches, sporting a revamped venue with a modern light system, said a senior official of SLC.

The Dambulla Stadium faced challenges playing under lights due to light capacity issues, but it has now been constructed with a new light system, the official of SLC said.

SLC cricket management’s decision to install a new light system has been completed, with six LED light towers surrounding the ground.

Dambulla is the only venue in Sri Lanka featuring LED bulbs, incorporating new technology with dim functionality similar to stadiums in India, and Australia used for franchise tournaments like IPL and Big Bash League.

Dambulla venue earlier had eight light towers, each with 160 lights. In the new construction, six light towers are positioned around the ground, with one tower including 660 LED lights. The height of the towers has increased from 33m to 58m, providing the necessary power capacity to meet international standards, said the SLC official.

While there were plans to host Zimbabwe T-20 matches in Dambulla, accommodations issues led to a relocation of these matches to Colombo. There is also a proposal to add more seats for spectators, with all the funds coming from SLC. This development aims to provide valuable exposure for Sri Lanka cricketers in day-night games at Dambulla, he said.

Constructed in 2000 on a 60-acre land near Dambulla town by former Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala, the ground has a capacity of 16,800. The inaugural ODI between Sri Lanka and England was played at Dambulla on March 23, 2001.

Floodlights were installed in 2003, and after 20 years, the current Cricket Administration, headed by Shammi Silva established this new floodlights system. To date, 55 ODI matches have been played at Dambulla, with Sri Lanka winning 25 matches. Lasith Malinga played his 200th ODI at this ground on August 20, 2017 against India.

Notably, both Farveez Maharoof and Taskin Ahmed from Bangladesh took hat-tricks on the Dambulla wicket, while Muttaih Muralitharan holds the highest number of wickets (42) at this stadium and Mahela Jayawardena scored the highest runs (1148) by a single player.

(dailynews.lk)

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94th Battle of the Maroons ends in a draw (Pics)

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The 94th Battle of the Maroons between Ananda and Nalanda concluded in a draw at SSC grounds. 

Despite the draw, Ananda secured a first innings lead, having declared their first innings at 286 for 9 wickets in response to Nalanda’s first innings total of 277 for 8 wickets, which was declared on the first day.

In the second innings, Nalanda, batting at 120 for 3 wickets, maintained a cautious approach, and the match ended without either team pursuing a more aggressive strategy in their first innings.

Ananda’s all-rounder Kithma Withanaparhirana played a notable innings, scoring 76 runs in 92 balls with 11 fours and a six on the second day. 

However, the team fell short of a century, with number three batter Dinada Athalage contributing a significant knock of 71 runs in 165 balls with 9 fours.

Despite the draw, the match witnessed commendable performances from key players, with Nalanda skipper Sajitha Vithanage earning the Man of the Match award for his unbeaten century.

Both teams showcased sportsmanship in the annual encounter, and Nalanda retained the N.M. Perera Trophy, presented by former Nalandian legend Stanley Jayasinghe. 

The trophy has been a symbol of the prestigious Battle of the Maroons series.

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Term tests for Western province suspended

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The term tests for grade 10 and 11 in the Western province schools has been postponed after some of the question papers were shared on social media ahead of the examination.

A senior official said that the decision had been taken after complaints that several question papers had been leaked out before the examinations.

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Russian Naval Ship Varyag Visits Colombo

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The Russian Naval Ship Varyag has arrived at the port of Colombo on a formal visit. 

This 187m long Missile Cruiser, manned by a crew of 529, is led by Flag Officer Captain 1st Rank Velichko Anatoly Vasicievich, with Captain 2nd Rank Glushakov Roman Nikolaevich serving as the Commanding Officer.

During their stay in Sri Lanka, the ship’s crew is expected to participate in various programs organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, fostering camaraderie and exploring tourist attractions in the country. 

The official visit will conclude, and Varyag is set to depart from the island tomorrow.

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