Mahela Jayawardene's score ticks along at his favourite venue as a scoreboard operator looks on, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd Test, Colombo, 1st day, July 24, 2014 © AFP

  • Aug 30, 2009

    Groundsmen rush to get the covers in place © AFP

  • Dec 13, 2007

    The clouds linger over the SSC in Colombo, before the rain fell to force a draw © Getty Images

  • Dec 10, 2007

    Fans relax on the grass embankment near the giant scoreboard © Kanishkaa Balachandran

  • Aug 18, 2006

    Dark clouds loom over the Sinhalese Sports Club © AFP

  • Aug 18, 2006

    Groundstaff do what they can to improve the dire conditions at the Sinhalese Sports Club © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Mar 26, 2006

    The playing surface at the Sinhalese Sports Club pitch is covered with plastic sheeting © AFP

  • Sep 13, 2002

    A general view of the Sinhalese Sports Club ground © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Jul 31, 2001

    The 'super-sopper' is hard at work at the SSC ground before the New Zealand-Sri Lanka clash © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Jul 31, 2001

    A sorry sight for any cricket fan, the covers on at the Sinhalese Sports Club, protecting the pitch from rain © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Jul 31, 2001

    Gloomy conditions at the Sinhalese Sports Club delay the start of the New Zealand - Sri Lanka clash © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Jul 14, 2001

    Sinhalese Sports Club Ground during the play © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Apr 13, 2001

    The Sinhalese Sports Club during Sri Lanka's Test against England in 2001 © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Mar 17, 2001

    Mostly English supporters watch the Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground Colombo, Sri Lanka © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Mar 17, 2001

    The crowd rush on at the end of the Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground Colombo, Sri Lanka © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Mar 17, 2001

    A general view of the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground Colombo, Sri Lanka © ESPNcricinfo Ltd