3rd Test, Day 2: Harry Brook ton powers England to narrow lead in Karachi | Cricket News

CARACHI: Harry Brook scored his third century in as many matches while Ben Foakes reached half a century as England took a 29-year lead over Pakistan at the end of day two of the final Test of the series at the National Stadium in Karachi Sunday.
Brook scored 111 to continue his excellent start to Test cricket, with the 23-year-old proving to be the glue of England’s innings, partnering with Ollie Pope and the captain. Ben Stokes in front of a stand of 117 with Foakes.
Spinners Nauman Ali and Abrar Ahmed played important roles in stemming England’s rush either side of the sixth wicket, picking up four wickets apiece as the visitors were eventually dismissed for 354, in response to the 304 first innings total from Pakistan.
England lost two wickets in quick succession shortly after taking it back 7-1, with Nauman first trapping Ben Duckett lbw then forcing Joe Root off for a duck after being caught in the slides in the next delivery.
Nauman was denied a hat-trick by Brook, who kept England chasing, despite Pope being brought down by Abrar and Stokes losing his wicket in a run following a mix-up between batters.
Brook and Foakes then relaunched England’s innings, forging a defiant partnership that ended when Mohammad Wasim was able to find a crack in Brook’s armor to fire him lbw.
Foakes fought valiantly, scoring 64, but skimmed a delivery from Nauman halfway through, where he was caught by Abdullah Shafique.
The final piece of English resistance came courtesy of Jack Leach and Ollie Robinson, who combined for 30 runs before Robinson was beaten by Abrar to end England’s innings.
England could not take any wickets in the few overs Pakistan beat on day two, with Shafique finishing 14th while Shan Masood was 3rd.
England won the opening Test by 74 points, then sealed a 26-point win in the second to secure their first series victory in Pakistan since 2000-01.


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