Sinhalese Sports Club Ground
The Sinhalese Sports Club is one of the most famous cricket grounds in Sri Lanka. It is the headquarters of Sri Lanka Cricket, the controlling body of cricket in Sri Lanka. The Ground often cited as the Lord's of Sri Lanka, hosting most domestic finals and one of preeminent international cricket venues. The ground staged its first test in 1984 against touring New Zealand team. The first One Day International played in 1982 against the England team. Sri Lankan team has an impressive test record here. Out of 31 matches played winning 16 matches, losing only 6 matches while drawing 9 matches.

In 1899, after a combined school cricket team, composed mainly of Sinhala cricketers from Royal College, S. Thomas' College and Wesley College beating Colts Cricket Club by a one run decided form an all-Sinhalese club, and thus found Sinhalese Sports Club. The club leased a land in Victoria park with sandy soil and covered with cinnamon trees. The ground was next to the Lawn club and by the side of National Museum of Colombo and National Arts Gallery. In 1952 again club crown leased another 20 acres (81,000 m 2) and shifted in to present location in maitland place, which was used as an aerodrome by the allied forces in World War II.

The pavilion of the ground was built in 1956 with the sponsorship of Donovan Andree, a leading nightclub entrepreneur. A giant scoreboard and sightscreens were built in mid-70s. Later the current scoreboard was built. The ground also has a media center and commentary box with modern facilities. Various sponsors including Lankabell, Seylan Bank and HSBC have built stands bearing their brands. There are two grass embankments for the spectators.

In 1992 Australian tour of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka lost the SSC Test match to Australia by 16 runs after being set a target of only 181 runs. This is one of Sri Lanka's narrowest defeats in Test cricket. Shane Warne picked 3 wickets in thirteen balls and this was his first notable performance in Test cricket. In the 2001-02 Asian Test Championship, Mohammed Ashraful of Bangladesh become the youngest cricketer to score a Test hundred, one day before his 17th birthday. However Bangladesh went on to lose the match by an innings and 137 runs. Chaminda Vaas took 8 wickets for 19 runs in 2001/02 against Zimbabwe, the best bowling performance in a One Day International match. The Zimbabwean total of 38 was the lowest team innings total in ODIs at that point of time. Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene shared a partnership of 624 runs against South Africa in 2006/07 season, the highest partnership for any wicket in Test and first class cricket.

World Cup Cricket

1996 Cricket World Cup

21 February 1996 scorecard Zimbabwe 228/6 (50 overs) v Sri Lanka 229/4 (37 overs) Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets (with 78 balls remaining) Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo, Sri Lanka Umpires: Steve Dunne and Mahboob Shah Player of the match: Aravinda De Silva Alistair Campbell 75 (102) Chaminda Vaas 2/30 (10 overs) Aravinda De Silva 91 (86) Heath Streak 3/60 (10 overs)
  • Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first.