1- Sri Lanka became the first Asian side to win a Test series in South Africa. To put that in context, teams from the subcontinent have played 21 times in this country before this series, losing 19 series and drawing two.* This was Sri Lanka's sixth series in South Africa and their first win.

3- Teams that have won a Test series against South Africa in South Africa. Sri Lanka joined England and Australia in achieving this.

242- The total Test match experience of the 11 Sri Lanka players in this series; South Africa's combined figure is 555. To establish the mismatch further, the Sri Lanka batsmen have, in total, 21 centuries to their name. Hashim Amla alone has 28. Sri Lanka's bowlers, meanwhile, have four five-wicket hauls to their name. South Africa have 56.

Combined Test experience of the players
Team Players Mats Runs 100s Wkts 5-fors
 South Africa  12  555  25556  57  987  56
 Sri Lanka  11  242  13004  21  203  4

1- This is the first time Sri Lanka have won more than one Test in a series outside Asia (excluding Zimbabwe). Also, before this tour, Sri Lanka had won only one out of 13 Tests in South Africa.

1 - Sri Lanka are the only team in the last six years to have won an away Test after losing the toss, fielding first and falling behind in the first innings. They have done so twice: against West Indies last year and against South Africa just now

7- Consecutive home series wins for South Africa, before this 2-0 defeat. Their last home series defeat was against England in 2015-16. When Sri Lanka last toured South Africa two years ago, they were thrashed 3-0.

1994- The last time South Africa lost by eight or more wickets in a home Test. That was against Australia in Cape Town, having set target of 91.

52.33- Kusal Mendis' average in the fourth innings of Tests, which is the best among all Sri Lanka batsmen who have batted at least 10 innings. He has made five fifties and a century in 15 innings while chasing.

163*- Partnership between Mendis and Oshada Fernando, Sri Lanka's second-best in a successful run-chase. The only higher stand was the unbroken 189 between Aravinda de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga for the sixth wicket against Zimbabwe in Colombo in 1998.

6- By overcoming a target of 197, Sri Lanka also recorded their sixth-highest successful chase in Test cricket. In the first Test, they had completed their fourth-highest chase.

*06.00 GMT, February 24: This stat was corrected

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo @SeerviBharath