New Zealand's favourite opposition

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12 Tests won by New Zealand against Sri Lanka, to establish a win-loss ratio of 1.5 - their best against teams other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. West Indies is the only team they've beaten more times.

2 Times New Zealand have recovered from a deficit of 100 or more runs to win a Test. The only other instance was against Pakistan at Lancaster Park in Christchurch in 1994, when the hosts trailed by 144 in the first innings, and made 324 for 5 in the fourth to win by five wickets.

5 Times Sri Lanka have squandered 100-plus leads to lose a Test. The biggest lead they've let slip was 291, against Australia in Colombo in 1992. They lost to Australia again after taking a 161-run lead in Galle in 2004, to Pakistan after a 109-run lead in Kandy in 2006, and to South Africa after pulling ahead by 103 in Centurion in 1998.

3 Times New Zealand have won three consecutive Tests against teams other than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. This is their second such sequence in little more than a year after successive wins over West Indies and India in 2013-14. They had been on the same roll in 2005-06 as well, beating West Indies and Sri Lanka.

5 Test series won by New Zealand over Sri Lanka. This is also the fourth time that New Zealand have beaten Sri Lanka in a Test series by a margin of 2-0 - the most they have beaten any team by a similar or better margin.

2 Man-of-the-Match awards for Kane Williamson. His previous one had come against West Indies in Bridgetown.

62 Runs scored by Lahiru Thirimanne in Sri Lanka's second innings, his first fifty in 15 Test innings. He has scored 148 runs at an average of 12.33 in his last 14 innings.