Thirteen wickets in the match from their leading spinner helped Sri Lanka complete their first whitewash over Australia in Test cricket
From the brink of despair, Sri Lanka have risen to rapturous exhilaration after whitewashing Australia. And Test cricket is much better for it.
Australia did not begin to win Tests in Asia until touring teams went to greater lengths to understand the region. The current team, humiliated once again in Colombo, has lapsed back into old min
Stats highlights from the final day of the final Test between Sri Lanka and Australia in Colombo
Steven Smith apologised to travelling supporters for having to witness an ugly 3-0 defeat, before saying the touring batsmen and spin bowlers had a lot of thinking to do ahead of next year's trip to India
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has said Kusal Mendis' 176 in Pallekele was the performance upon which the series against Australia pivoted
Kaushal Silva turned around his disappointing series to score 115 on the fourth day in Colombo, where Sri Lanka's lead had grown to 288 by stumps
Peter Nevill has defended his delayed stumping of Dimuth Karunaratne on day four of the Colombo Test match, while Sri Lanka have indicated they would have done the same
Stats highlights from the fourth day in Colombo where Sri Lanka stretched their lead with Kaushal Silva's century
Exhibiting the indomitable Sri Lankan spirit, overcoming a poor situation, and battling injury, Kaushal Silva showed how he fit right into the template of a Sri Lankan fight
With the plot of the Test yet to be written by the team that took the initiative, Australia's spinners adjusted to their detriment, thereby conceding the advantage to the hosts
During the course of their centuries, Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh put together fourth-highest stand for any Australian pair for any wicket in a Test in Asia, to help them take a 24-run lead
Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh gave Australia a template for successful batting in Asia before their platform was wasted. Australia will reflect that it was progress at least to have a position to
Sri Lanka's regeneration has begun quicker than he had expected, coach Graham Ford said, in light of several encouraging individual performances in the ongoing series
Stats highlights from the third day in Colombo where Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh scored hundreds before Rangana Herath took a six-for
The left-arm spinner, through inspiring power of will, overcame a hit on the box to single-handedly whittle down a potential three-figure lead for Australia
Dinesh Chandimal scored the seventh century of his Test career as Sri Lanka ground out the highest total of this series so far, posting 355 in the first innings in Colombo
Mitchell Starc has joined Nathan Lyon in criticising deep footholes on the crease at the SSC ground in Colombo, while also intimating that the touring pacemen have not been well served by the maintenance of that area all series
The inclusion of Shaun Marsh has added belated solidity to a batting line-up that could have done with his brand of batting when the destination of the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy was still up for debate
When the new SSC was contriving excitement with a score of 26 for 5, Dinesh Chandimal embraced everything he is not and no matter what the surface was doing, he had to wrestle himself
Sri Lanka recovered from 26 for 5 on the first day against Australia in Colombo to reach 214 for 5 at stumps. Dhananjaya de Silva was the stand-out with his maiden Test century, compiled in an unbeaten 188-run stand with Dinesh Chandimal
In the heart of Colombo's administrative district, young Dhananjaya de Silva summoned up superlative casualness to give Australia a thorough government-office treatment
Much of the talk around the series has focused on pitches, but it is Sri Lanka's resilient middle order that has consistently thwarted Australia's plans. It was no different in Colombo
Stats highlights from the first day's play of the 3rd Test at the SSC, where Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal scripted an incredible fightback
Both Starc brothers have tasted individual success in their respective sports over the past few days, but both would probably have wanted just a little bit more
Australia have conceded the No. 1 Test ranking to India after losing all three Tests on their tour of Sri Lanka
Steven Smith seemed relaxed and upbeat ahead of Australia's third Test against Sri Lanka, highlighting the progress his side is making in adopting a more proactive approach on turning tracks
In a week in which there has been mild consternation in Australia about the state of the Galle surface, Angelo Mathews has made no apologies about what the visitors can expect at the SSC
At the SSC, Sri Lanka will have the chance to push for a rare series whitewash, while Australia will be desperate to end a horror streak in Asia
Consecutive Test series for Australia in Asia where have been whitewashed - 4-0 by India 2012-13, 2-0 by Pakistan 2014-15 and 3-0 by Sri Lanka 2016.
No. of 10-wicket hauls for Herath in Tests - each one has come against different teams, including Aus. Only Muralitharan has taken such hauls against more teams (9).
Runs added by Australia's No. 3, 4, 5 & 6 combined in this innings - their lowest in a Test inns vs SL. Previous lowest: 25 in Kandy 2004-05.
Previous most wickets by Herath in a Test series - against Pakistan in 2014 (in 2 matches). Mitchell Marsh was his 24th wicket of this series.
Aggregate of the 11 opening partnerships of this series, before this inns. Warner-Marsh have added more than that in this last opening stand of the series.
Highest successful chase by Australia in Tests in Asia, against B'desh in Fatullah in 2006. The highest successful chase at SSC by any visiting team is 131.
No. of SL players who scored a century and fifty in the same Test batting at No. 7 or lower, before this. Dhananjaya de Silva becomes the first SL player to do so.
Previous most runs by a team's sixth-wicket in a Test vs Australia, by India at Wankhede 1986-87. Sri Lanka's 6th wicket has added over 300 runs in this match.
No. of 50+ partnerships for wickets 5 and lower in this series for Sri Lanka - joint-most for them in any series. Their first 4 wickets have had only 2 50+ stands.
Runs scored by Kaushal Silva in the first 5 inns of this series. He opened in all those inns, but came at No. 3 in this inns and has made a fifty.
Previous most wickets by a visiting fast bowler in a Test series in Sri Lanka, by Richard Hadlee in 1983-84. Starc dismissed Mendis as his 24th wkt of this series.
Average score at which Sri Lanka lost their second-wicket in this series, before this second inns. Their second wicket fell at 44 in this inns.