|Full name||Congenige Randhi Dilhara Fernando|
19 July 1979|
Colombo, Sri Lanka
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Bowling||Right arm fast|
|Test debut (cap 82)||14 June 2000 v Pakistan|
|Last Test||8 July 2012 v Pakistan|
|ODI debut (cap 106)||9 January 2001 v South Africa|
|Last ODI||11 January 2012 v Pakistan|
|T20I debut (cap 3)||15 June 2006 v England|
|Last T20I||14 February 2016 v India|
|Domestic team information|
|1997/98–present||Sinhalese Sports Club|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 14 February 2016
Congenige Randhi Dilhara Fernando (born 19 July 1979), popularly as Dilhara Fernando, is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer playing for Tests, ODIs and T20Is in the international arena. He is a right-handed pace bowler. He was a key member for 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup and 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup runner-up teams.
Fernando is best known for his rare technique when bowling the slower ball by splitting the fingers on the ball as it is releases.
Fernando debuted for Sri Lanka in a Test Match against Pakistan at Colombo in June 2000. Six months later in a game at Durban he clocked 91.9 mph. He bowled at 93.40 mph vs Bangladesh at India. His international career however has been limited due to injury. In the period of a year he suffered two stress fracture of the back and as a result missed their home series against Australia in 2004.
On 13 October 2007, in the 5th game of an ODI series with England, at Colombo, Fernando took career-best bowling figures of 6 for 27, as Sri Lanka thrashed England by 107 runs. This was the first time Fernando had taken more than 4 wickets in an ODI innings, and his feat placed him 5th in the list of best ODI bowling by a Sri Lankan.
During 2007 Cricket World Cup against England, he guided the team into winning margin by just 2 runs. England required just 2 runs in the last ball of the match, where Ravi Bopara in batting. Fernando delivers a good ball and Bopara was bowled by 2 runs short.
Fernando completed the series with 158 career ODI wickets. As of 17 June 2011, only Chaminda Vaas, Sanath Jayasuriya and Muttiah Muralitharan have taken more ODI wickets for Sri Lanka (and all three have taken over 300 ODI wickets).
After 3 years, Fernando have picked for the T20I series against India. He played his first international games after 4 years, on 14 February 2016 against India. Due to few runs posted by Sri Lanka, he was not able to get wickets and Sri Lanka lost the match by 9 wickets as well.
Dilhara was educated at De Mazenod College in Kandana, a suburb of Colombo. He started off his school career as a basketball player but was recruited to play cricket because of his build and height.
Dilhara is a Christian.
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- Most ODI wickets – Sri Lanka from Cricinfo, retrieved 17 June 2011
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