List of international cricket five-wicket hauls at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground

SCC Ground hosting a Test

The Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, also known as SSC Ground, is one of the most famous cricket grounds in Sri Lanka, and the headquarters of Sri Lanka Cricket, the controlling body of cricket in Sri Lanka.[1][2] With 10,000 capacity, SSC ground is sometimes described as "the Lord's of Sri Lanka",[3]

It hosts the most domestic finals and is an important international cricket venue. 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.[2] The Sri Lankan team has an impressive test record here.

Up to December 2015, in total the ground has been the venue for 39 Test matches,[4] 59 One-Day International matches,[5] and 2 T20 International matches.[6]

In cricket, a five-wicket haul (also known as a "five-for" or "fifer")[7][8] refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a notable achievement.[9]

The first Test was played at the SSC Ground between Sri Lanka and New Zealand on 16 March 1984.[10] The first bowler to take a five-wicket haul in a Test match at SSC Ground was Ravi Ratnayeke, who took 5/42 in 1984 for Sri Lanka against New Zealand in very first Test of the ground. The best bowling figures to date in Tests at SSC Ground is by Sri Lankan Rangana Herath, who took 9/127 against Pakistan in 2014. This is the best bowling figures by a left hand bowler in Test cricket history as well. Total of 41 Test fifer was taken by at SSC Ground.

The first One Day International was played at the SSC Ground between Sri Lanka and England on 13 February 1982.[11] The first five-wicket haul was achieved by Chaminda Vaas who took 8/19 for Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe in 2001.[12] Up to date, this is still recorded as the best bowling figures in ODI history and Vaas is the only player to take 8 wickets in any limited over cricket in the history. Only 3 ODI fifer was record from the ground.

The first T20 International was played at the SSC Ground on 3 February 2010 by Canada against Ireland.[13] and, to date, no any bowler was able to take T20I fifer at the ground.


Symbol Meaning
dagger The bowler was man of the match
double-dagger 10 or more wickets taken in the match
Section-sign One of two five-wicket hauls by the bowler in the match
Date Day the Test started or ODI was held
Inn Innings in which five-wicket haul was taken
Overs Number of overs bowled
Runs Number of runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Econ Runs conceded per over
Batsmen Batsmen whose wickets were taken
Result Result of the match


Five-wicket hauls in Test matches at SSC Ground
No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 Ravi Ratnayeke 16 March 1984  Sri Lanka  New Zealand 2 21 42 5 2.00 Drawn[10]
2 Ashantha de Mel 30 August 1985  Sri Lanka  India 1 28 64 5 2.28 Drawn[14]
2 Rumesh Ratnayake 30 August 1985  Sri Lanka  India 3 41 85 6 2.07 Drawn[14]


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  5. "Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo / Records / One-Day Internationals / Match Results". espncricinfo. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  6. "Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo / Records / T20 Internationals / Match Results". espncricinfo. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  7. Greg Buckle (30 April 2007). "Pigeon's almost perfect sendoff". The Canberra Times. Archived from the original on 15 August 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  8. "Swinging it for the Auld Enemy – An interview with Ryan Sidebottom". The Scotsman. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  9. Pervez, M. A. (2001). A Dictionary of Cricket. Orient Blackswan. p. 31. ISBN 978-81-7370-184-9.
  10. 1 2 "New Zealand in Sri Lanka Test Series - 2nd Test at SSC Ground, 16 March 1984". Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  11. "England in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 1st ODI at SSC Ground, 13 February 1982". Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  12. "LG Abans Triangular Series - 1st match, 8 December 2001". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  13. "Sri Lanka Associates T20 Series - 3rd match at SSC Ground, 3 February 2010". Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
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