Dilhara Fernando is one of the great Modern fast bowlers for Sri Lanka along with Lasith Malinga. He has served Sri Lankan cricket for many years and he has been taking Wickets all throughout his international career. He was also the fastest bowler in Sri Lanka for a while. He played 40 Test Matches for Sri Lanka and in those Matches he took 100 Wickets for Sri Lanka at an average of 37.84 with 3 Five Wicket Hauls. He also played in 147 ODIs for Sri Lanka and he took 187 Wickets at an average of 30.20 with 1 Five Wicket Haul.
Let’s look at the Top 5 Best Bowling Performances of Dilhara Fernando
1) 5/98 vs South Africa (2000)
This was the first 5 Wicket Haul for Dilhara Fernando in test cricket and this came in his second test match against South Africa. This was one of his best bowling performances of his career. In an innings where all the other Bowlers went for runs, he was very good as he bowled 34 overs in this innings. He gave away 98 runs and he took 5 Wickets at a little less than 3 runs per over. This performance told the world that he was a special talent and the match was a draw.
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2) 5/42 vs India (2001)
This was early on In his career and this was the best bowling performance in test cricket for Dilhara Fernando. This was against India when they had the best batting line-up. He bowled 25 overs In this innings and he only gave away 42 runs which is less than 2 runs per over. He took 5 wickets and his was the performance that did not allow India to get back in this test match. Sri Lanka won this match by a whopping 10 wickets.
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3) 5/60 vs Bangladesh (2005)
This was the 3rd 5 Wicket Haul in his career in test cricket. Dilhara Fernando was bowling against Bangladesh and in this match he bowled 11 overs and he gave away 60 runs at under 6 runs per over but he took 5 Wickets and Banglawash were all out for 191 runs. Sri Lanka won this test match by a big margin of an innings and 69 runs. Dilhara Fernando was in red hot form and he was the leading fast bowler for Sri Lanka.
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4) 6/27 vs England (2007)
This was the best bowling performance by Dilhara Fernando in ODI Cricket and in his international career as well. This was in an ODI against England and in this match England were batting second and Dilhara Fernando was in imperious form as he took 6 wickets for just 27 runs and he bowled just 8 overs. Sri Lanka won this match by 107 Runs and Dilhara Fernando had become a legend for Sri Lanka.
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5) 4/24 vs Bangladesh (2007)
This is the 5th performance that is on this list and this is a match that was against Bangladesh. Sri Lanka won this match by 70 runs and Dilhara Fernando bowled 9 overs and he took 4 Wickets and he only gave away 24 runs. Dilhara Fernando could take wickets against any opposition and he could win any match for Sri Lanka. Dilhara Fernando could have played more had injuries not hindered his career.
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