Amazing facts about Srilanka’s historic win against Australia WHO'S HOT Sri Lanka registered a famous win on Saturday, defeating Australia by 106 runs to clinch a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Off-spinner Rangana Herath and left-arm chinaman Lakshan Sandakan spun a web around the Aussies on the fourth and the fifth day to help the Lankans come out on top despite the match being threatened by rain and bad light throughout its duration. Australia, the no. 1 ranked Test side, were in control for the better part of the match and even grabbed an 86-run lead in the first innings after bowling out Sri Lanka for a paltry 117 on the first day in Pallekele. But a brilliant 176 from Kusal Mendis and Herath’s five-wicket haul in the second innings helped the hosts fight back on the final day. (DAY 5 HIGHLIGHTS) The Pallekele Test kept producing some amazing numbers throughout, thanks to the see-saw battle between the Aussies and the Lankans. Here are some of the amazing stats from the first Test. – Sri Lanka’s 106-run victory is just their second win over Australia in 27 Tests. Their last win came 17 years back in Kandy in September, 1999 under Sanath Jayasuriya’s leadership. – In head-to-head encounters, Australia lead with 17 wins, Sri Lanka have won twice, while 8 matches were drawn. – Rangana Herath picked up his 24th five-wicket haul in Test cricket. He has taken seven fifer’s in the fourth innings in Tests, drawing level with legendary spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne. – With 313 victims in 71 Tests, Herath is now the sixth highest-wicket taker among spinners. He is tied 25th overall with former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson. – Kusal Mendis’ 176 in Sri Lanka’s second innings was his maiden hundred in Test cricket. He has played seven Tests and scored 523 runs at an average of 40.23. It was also the highest individual score at Pallekele. – 15 batsmen were trapped LBW in this match – the most in any Test in Sri Lanka. – The ninth-wicket partnership between Peter Nevill and Steve O’Keefe is the slowest in Test cricket’s history for any wicket. The duo played out 178 balls scoring just 4 runs at a run-rate of 0.13. – Australia’s 106-run defeat is their seventh successive loss in Asia. Since February 2013, the no. 1 ranked Test side has lost four matches in India, two in UAE against Pakistan and now at Pallekele. – Steven Smith has suffered his first loss as Australia’s Test captain. Smith has seven wins, four draws and lost one match since taking over the job from Michael Clarke in 2014. – Smith has gone past England batsman Joe Root to become the highest run-scorer in Tests since 2014. The right-hander has notched up 2967 runs in 26 matches at an average of 78.07 with 12 hundreds and 12 half-centuries. England batsman Joe Root (2920 runs) and Aussie opener David Warner (2615 runs) complete the top three.