2 Number of times batsmen at No. 6 or lower have faced more balls in a Test innings against Australia than Dinesh Chandimal's 356 in his innings of 132. Faf du Plessis had faced 376 balls in the Adelaide Test in 2012-13. The only other instance came in the 1938 Ashes at the Oval when Joe Hardstaff (jnr) faced exactly 400 balls in England's first innings at the Oval.
3 Number of centuries Chandimal has hit at No. 6 when he has come in to bat with Sri Lanka four down for less than 100 runs. Before this innings, he had hit 162 in Sri Lanka's second innings in Galle last year. He had joined Angelo Mathews at the crease with Sri Lanka struggling at 92 for 4 facing a first-innings deficit of 192 runs. Before that innings, he had made 102 against Bangladesh in 2012-13 with Sri Lanka having lost four wickets on 69. Apart from these three hundreds, he has made two fifties in such situations and has scored 635 runs at 79.37 in nine such innings.
2 Number of Test innings by Sri Lanka batsmen against Australia that have been longer than Chandimal's 356-ball effort. Asanka Gurusinha had faced 399 balls for his 137 at the SSC in 1992, and Aravinda de Silva had faced 361 deliveries in Sri Lanka's first innings at the Gabba in 1989-90. Chandimal's 478-minutes innings is also the third-longest in terms of minutes batted, after Gurusinha's 525-minute and de Silva's 491-minute efforts in the aforementioned matches.
1 Number of sixth-wicket stands in Tests for Sri Lanka than have been bigger than the 211-run partnership in this Test. Mahela Jayawardene and Prasanna Jayawardene had added 351 in Ahmedabad in 2009-10. This was only the third double-hundred stand for Sri Lanka's sixth wicket in Tests. This is also the second 200-plus run stand for Sri Lanka against Australia for any wicket. Before this, Asanka Gurusinha and Arjuna Ranatunga had added 230 runs for the fourth wicket in 1992 at the same venue.
80 Innings taken by Steven Smith to hit 4000 Test runs - which is joint-third for least by an Australia batsman. Neil Harvey had also taken 80 innings. Only Don Bradman (48 innings) and Matthew Hayden (77 innings) have made 4000 Test runs faster than Smith. However, Smith is the youngest Australia batsman to the milestone, at 27 years and 73 days, shaving Ricky Ponting's record by 265 days.
1986 Last time a pair added more runs for the sixth wicket in a Test against Australia. Ravi Shastri and Dilip Vengsarkar had added an unbeaten 298 in India's first innings of the Mumbai Test. This was only the sixth 200-plus-run stand against Australia in Tests.
2 Number of 200-run stands for the sixth wicket in Tests in Sri Lanka before this. Australia's pair of Simon Katich and Justin Langer had added 218 runs at the same venue in 2003-04. The only other such stand in Sri Lanka came in 1987 between Jeff Crowe and Richard Hadlee, when the pair added an unbeaten 246 runs.
1934 Only previous instance of No. 6 and No. 7 batsmen hitting hundreds in a Test innings against Australia. Maurice Leyland and Les Ames had got hundreds at Lord's in the 1934 Ashes Test on that occasion. Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal are the first Sri Lanka No. 6 and No. 7 to get hundreds in the same Test innings. This is also only the second time that two or more Sri Lanka batsmen have got hundreds in a Test innings against Australia. Gurusinha, Ranatunga and Romesh Kaluwitharana had got hundreds in Sri Lanka's first innings at the same venue in 1992.
1 Number of instances of teams scoring a total higher than Sri Lanka's 355 after having lost their first five wicket for less than 50 runs. England had made 446 in their first innings of the Lord's Test in 2010 against Pakistan after having been reduced to 47 for 5.
0 Number of pacers who had taken three five-wicket hauls in a Test series in Sri Lanka before Mitchell Starc. Starc's five-wicket haul in the first innings of this match followed a pair of five-wicket hauls in Galle. He has taken 22 wickets at an average of 13.27 in this series.
1999 Last time, before Starc in this series, an Australia pacer took three consecutive five-wicket hauls against the same opposition. Glenn McGrath had done this against West Indies in three consecutive innings in West Indies. Starc's is only the sixth such instance by an Australia fast bowler. Overall, he is only the eighth Australia fast bowler to take three or more consecutive five-fors in Tests.
120 Runs added so far by the partnership between Shaun Marsh and Smith - Australia's first century stand of this series. This is also the first time in 15 innings since 1999 that Australia's top three have made two or more fifty-plus scores in a Test innings in Sri Lanka. Greg Blewett and Michael Slater had got fifties at the same venue on that occasion.