England players acknowledge fan Rob Lewis after winning the Test series against Sri Lanka
Rob Lewis stayed back in Sri Lanka for 10 months since March last year to witness England play.
Updated - Jan 26, 2021 11:23 am
The England cricket team continues winning hearts on and off the field as they acknowledged the efforts and sacrifices made by die-hard England cricket fan Rob Lewis after scripting a stunning victory in the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka by 2-0. England were at the receiving end of a plethora of praises and appreciation after they hammered Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the second Test at the Galle International Stadium.
Apart from the efforts made by the bowlers and the batsmen, the Test series between England and Sri Lanka had also hogged the limelight for the madness shown by an admirer of the England team. Rob Lewis, the fan survived in the island nation for a span of ten months just to watch his favourite team lock horns against Sri Lanka in a Test series.
Initially, Lewis wasn’t allowed in Galle due to the bio-bubble rules and was pushed out from the stadium. However, after a lot of efforts, he got permission to stand in another area of the fort further from the ground, but still with a view of the game.
The sacrifices made by the England-based web designer didn’t go in vain as after the iconic win against Sri Lanka, the England team waved to Lewis from the ground and expressed their gratitude for supporting them. Earlier after the first Test, Joe Root had talked with Lewis on a phone call and had appreciated and acknowledged him for all his efforts and sacrifices.
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England script a stunning victory in Galle
The second Test match between England and Sri Lanka was a thrilling affair as both teams gave it their all to win the game. The match had commenced with home captain Dinesh Chandimal winning the toss and electing to bat first. Sri Lanka looked in good touch as they managed to rack up a total of 381 on the board in the first innings on the back of a stunning century by Angelo Mathews.
Batting in the second innings England were bundled out of 344 runs. Captain Joe Root emerged as the highest run-getter for his team with a scintillating knock of 186 runs. For Sri Lanka, left-arm orthodox bowler Lasith Embuldeniya had shone with the ball as he took a seven-wicket haul while bowling at an economy of 3.3.
The third innings saw Sri Lanka getting collapsed at a mere score of 126 runs as Dominic Bess and Jack Leach took picked wickets each. Chasing 164 wasn’t a big deal for the visiting team as they achieved the target on Day 4 only within 44 overs to clinch the game and series.