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Stats - Jayasuriya's record-breaking start, Galle's result streak, and Babar's fourth-innings form

All the important numbers from the second Test in Galle, where Sri Lanka secured their biggest win over Pakistan

Prabath Jayasuriya has had a sensational start to his Test career  •  AFP/Getty Images

Prabath Jayasuriya has had a sensational start to his Test career  •  AFP/Getty Images

246 The margin of Sri Lanka's victory in the second Test, their biggest in terms of runs against Pakistan in Test cricket. Their previous best was a 209-run victory in 2012, also in Galle, while defending a target of 510.
29 Number of wickets for Prabath Jayasuriya in his three Tests so far. Only India's Narendra Hirwani, with 31 scalps, had more wickets to his name than Jayasuriya in his first three Tests, while Australia's Charlie Turner also had 29 wickets after three Tests.
10 Consecutive matches won by teams batting second in Test cricket before Pakistan's defeat in Galle. The previous longest winning streak was eight Tests played across November and December in 2002. The last team to win batting first in Test cricket before Sri Lanka was South Africa, during their home series in April against Bangladesh.
7 Number of players with a five-for in each of their first three Test matches, including Jayasuriya. He is the first Sri Lankan to achieve this feat and only the second player from Asia after Axar Patel.
4 Five-wicket hauls for Jayasuriya in his first three Tests. Turner, Tom Richardson, Vernon Philander and Axar also had four five-fors in their first three outings in Test cricket, while Rodney Hogg had a record five five-fors.
6 Three-plus wickets for Jayasuriya in all six innings he has bowled so far in his Test career. Arthur Mailey also claimed three-plus wickets in each of his first six Test innings, while Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis had three or more scalps in his first eight innings in Test cricket.
85.37 Percentage of matches ending in a result in Test cricket at the Galle International Stadium. Only six of the 41 Test matches that the venue has hosted in Test cricket have ended in a draw. Centurion's SuperSport Park is the only venue that has a better percentage in terms of Test matches with a result - 88.89, with just three of the 27 Tests ending in a draw. Each of the last 19 Test matches played in Galle since 2014 has produced a result, the third-longest streak for any venue.
4 Scores of fifty or more for Babar Azam in the fourth innings of Test matches in 2022. He has scored 387 runs in four innings at an average of 96.75 batting last in Tests this year. Only four other batters have scored four or more fifty-plus scores in the fourth innings in a calendar year.

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo