Sri Lanka’s last Test victory came on September 11, 1999 at the Asgiriya stadium in Kandy. After 6118 days, Sri Lanka, minus Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Sanath Jayasuriya and Tillakaratne Dilshan, secured a historic 106-run win over Australia in Pallekele.
Angelo Mathews’ side have overcome the odds magnificently after being dismissed for 117 on the first day, their second-lowest total at home against Australia. Kusal Mendis’ magnificent 176, combined with some brilliant bowling from veteran Rangana Herath and debutant mystery spinner Lakshan Sandakan gave Sri Lanka this magnificent win. Here are some of the vital numbers behind Sri Lanka’s historic win
17 – Number of years for Sri Lanka to win their second Test against Australia. They had secured their first win on September 11, 1999 in Kandy
2 – Number of Tests won by Sri Lanka against Australia. Their first win was also in Kandy but it was at the Asgiriya stadium. Since then, Sri Lanka have lost 10 and drawn three Tests against Australia
7 – Number of consecutive losses for Australia in the sub-continent. They lost four against India in 2013 and two against Pakistan in the UAE in 2014/15. Their last win in the sub-continent came against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2011.
15 – Number of LBWs in the Test at Pallekele. This is the most number of LBW dismissals in a Test match in Sri Lanka.
176 – Kusal Mendis’ score in the Test at Pallekele, which is highest individual score. This is the second-highest individual score by a Sri Lankan batsman in a Test against Australia, behind Kumar Sangakkara’s 192 at Hobart in 2008. However, it is the highest individual score by a Sri Lankan batsman in Pallekele, going past Younis Khan’s 171* in 2015.
0.13 – The run-rate during the four-run stand between Steven O’Keefe and Peter Nevill, the lowest in the history of Test cricket. The partnership consumed a total of 178 balls but it was worth only four runs.
25 – Consecutive number of maidens bowled by the Sri Lankan bowlers in the Australian innings. This is the first time that such a feat has been achieved.
24 – Number of five-wicket hauls by Rangana Herath after taking 5/54 in the second innings. This is the second-most number of hauls by a Sri Lankan bowler, behind Muttiah Muralitharan’s 67.
1 – First loss for Steven Smith as skipper. He had captained three Tests against India and won one while drawing two. He led Australia to four wins in six Tests against New Zealand while also winning two Tests against the West Indies.