5 for 62 The previous best by an Australia seamer in Tests in Sri Lanka - by Ryan Harris at the same venue in Sri Lanka's second innings in 2011. Mitchell Starc's 5 for 44 is now the best and only the second five-for by an Australia seamer in Tests against Sri Lanka.
Starc's is also the fourth-best haul by an Australia bowler in Tests against Sri Lanka. Three of the four best efforts by Australia bowlers in Sri Lanka have come in Galle and the 1 Number of times a seamer has returned better figures in Tests in Galle than Mitchell Starc's in Sri Lanka's first innings. Dilhara Fernando had taken 5 for 42 in India's first innings in 2001. Starc's returns bettered the previous best by an overseas seamer at this venue - Dale Steyn's 5 for 54 in 2014.