England's 3-0 victory, which they completed yesterday by winning at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo, was only the third time Sri Lanka had been on the wrong end of a whitewash at home.
Kieran Powell's dismissal in the second innings in Chittagong last week was indeed a first for a Test. There had been three other instances of an opener being stumped for a duck, but none of them went first ball. Remarkably, two of those involved the same man, South Africa's Louis Tancred, who was stumped for 0 on his 16th ball against England at Headingley in 1907, and repeated the feat - fourth ball this time - at The Oval in 1912.
Bangladesh's new offspinner Nayeem Hasan, who turns 18 next week, became the youngest from his country to take five wickets in an innings in a Test, in the course of claiming 5 for 61 against West Indies in Chittagong a few days ago. Nayeem beat, by about a month, the record of Enamul Haque Jr, who was just past 18 when he took 6 for 45 against Zimbabwe in Bangladesh's first Test victory, at a different ground in Chittagong in 2004-05.
That's a good spot, because that achievement by England's bowlers at The Oval in September - James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid all took at least one wicket in both innings - is unique in Test history.
Yes, rather surprisingly it is true. The umpire in question was Kenya's Subhash Modi, who stood in 22 one-day internationals between 2001 and 2010. Three of those featured his son, Hitesh Modi, an obdurate left-hander who had a spell as Kenya's captain. Against Bangladesh in Nairobi in August 2006, Hitesh was rapped on the pad by Mashrafe Mortaza - but having his father at the other end didn't save him: Modi Sr raised the finger to end his son's innings (and, as it happened, his ODI career, after 63 matches). Subhash proudly admitted: "Yes, I gave my son out - and I gave him out in the first match too, bat and pad."
Steven Lynch is the editor of the updated edition of Wisden on the Ashes