The 179-run opening stand between Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene is the second-highest for Sri Lanka against Australia after the 237-run partnership between Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya in Sydney in 2003. It is also the eighth-highest opening stand for Sri Lanka in the second innings in ODIs and the third-highest partnership in this tournament. The 179-run stand is also the highest ever for Sri Lanka in a tournament final surpassing the 160-run partnership between Dilshan and Upul Tharanga against Zimbabwe in 2010. In their 12 opening partnerships, Dilshan and Jayawardene have put on six fifty-plus stands including two centuries.
Dilshan also became only the second player after Neil Johnson (v Pakistan in 1998) to open both the batting and bowling, bowl ten overs and score a century. Dilshan went past David Warner's run tally to become the highest run-getter in the tri-series.
The target achieved is the second-highest for Sri Lanka in ODIs against Australia after the 281-run chase earlier in the tournament in Hobart. It is also the third-highest team score in a winning chase in Adelaide. The number of balls remaining after the win (34) is the highest ever for a team scoring over 270 in a chase to beat Australia.
Sri Lanka have now won four out of six matches against Australia in the tournament so far. This is only the fourth time since 1990 that the tri-series has required a third final to be played. On the three previous occasions, Australia went on to win the series 2-1 against South Africa (1994 and 1998) and Sri Lanka (2006).
Warner followed up his century in the first final in Brisbane with yet another hundred. He became the first batsman to score two centuries in the finals of the tri-series in Australia. However, Warner's century came off 140 balls and is the seventh slowest by an Australian batsman. It is also the slowest century by an Australian batsman since David Boon's effort against West Indies in 1992 (completed innings only).
The 184-run stand between Michael Clarke and Warner is the third-highest in the finals of the tri-series. The top three partnerships have all come for Australia in matches against Sri Lanka. However, it is the only 150-plus stand in a final to come in a defeat.
Clarke's century is his seventh in ODIs and first against Sri Lanka. His strike rate of 128.57 is the highest among his seven centuries. Clarke has had an excellent run of form against Sri Lanka scoring a century and five fifties in his last 11 innings at an average of 95.83.