The series was drawn 1-1, with sudden collapses on the final day of play in both Tests.
Summary of all Tests between these teams:
While Australia leads 20-5 overall, it leads only by 7-5 in Sri Lanka. And Sri Lanka trails 13-0 in Australia.
Coming to individual performances;
Most runs (500 or more):
Headed by M Hussey with 994 with Ponting and M Jayawardene close behind. Mathews (692) and Chandimal (579) have the most runs among current players.
The most centuries are 5 by Hussey, and the most 50+ scores are 8 by Clarke, Ponting and Sangakkara.
Highest innings (125 or more):
Chandimal’s 206* in the second Test is the highest for SL v Aus, surpassing Sangakkara’s 192 in Aus in 2007 and Kusal Mendis’s 176 in SL in 2016. This was a reatively low-scoring series, with the only other score of note being 145* by SPD Smith.
Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):
Headed by Ponting and Sangakkara. The current players have not played enough.
Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced and 40.00):
Headed by ST Jayasuriya and Hayden. Chandimal and Mathews are the only current players here.
Most wickets (12 or more):
Headed by R Herath with 66, followed by the better-known Warne and Muralidaran. Starc and Lyon have the most among current players. Newcomer P Jayasuriya makes this list after only one Test. The most 5-fors are 6 by Herath and Starc, and 10wms 2 by Starc and Warne.
Best innings bowling (6wi or more):
Headed by Kasprowicz and R Herath. P Jayasuriya’s 6-59 and 6-118 came on his debut.
Best match bowling (9wm or more):
Headed by R Herath’s 13-wicket haul in 2016 and P Jayasuriya’s 12 on debut in the second Test here.
That was the best match figures for any Sri Lankan player on debut. This is covered in more detail here:
Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls bowled, all instances):
Headed by Herath and Warne, with Muralidaran just making the cut.
Herath has the best average and strike rate, while Vaas has the best economy rate. Muralidaran was relatively less successful against Australia.
With this 2-1 victory, India continued its dominance of bilateral ODI series against Sri Lanka. The last such series in Sri Lanka in Aug 2017 was a 5-0 win by India (with similar results in Tests and T20Is).
Sri Lanka has never won an ODI bilateral series in India.
Overall summary of results:
Trivia note: the first ODI between these teams was won by Sri Lanka in the 1979 World Cup.
1000 and more runs:
Also see that the most centuries are 8 each by Kohli and Tendulkar, and the most 50+ scores are 25 by Tendulkar and 24 by Sangakkara.
The highest total by those who played in this series is 1111 by Dhawan, although Kohli has the most by current players.
Highest innings (120 and more):
While the world record of 264 remains with RG Sharma, there is no other century in this series.
Batting averages (Min 20 innings and 25.00):
Kohli is second here followed by other current players such as Mathews and RG Sharma. But no one who played in this series is here.
Strike rates (Minimum 500 balls faced, 75.00):
S Dhawan is second on this list, and is the only one here who played in the current series. RG Sharma and Kohli follow him.
Most wickets (20 and above):
The only one with two five-fors is RR Singh. The only one with 4 four-fors is BAW Mendis. I. Sharma is among those with 3.
The only one on this list who played in the current series is B Kumar at the bottom.
Best innings bowling (including all 5wi and above):
No such instance from this series, although Bumrah and B Kumar are there from earlier series.
Bowling averages (Minimum 1000 balls bowled, all instances):
Among current and near-current players, there are Mathews, T Perera and R Jadeja.
The best averages are by Agarkar and BAW Mendis.
The best economy rates are by Kapil and Harbhajan.
The best strike rates are by Agarkar and I Sharma.
Most dismissals (15 and above):
Dhoni has the most catches and stumpings. The most catches by a non-keeper are by M Jayawardene.
Most dismissals in innings (4 and above):
Dhoni is the only one with 5 dismissals, while M Kaif is the only non-keeper with 4 catches. Saha is the only other keeper from recent times.
Best dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings, 0.400)
Dhoni again leads here, while Kohli has the best among current players.
Overall (see criteria in table):
Somewhat unexpectedly, Mathews and IK Pathan turn out to be the best all-rounders here.
Match (30 runs and 3 wickets):
The best performances here are by Ganguly, RR Singh, Thushara and Prabhakar.