KARACHI: Intermediate level drummers Harry Brook and ben ducket shattered a strong first half-century in England’s 63-point landslide victory in the third Twenty20 International match against Pakistan in Karachi on Friday.
Brook scored an unbeaten 35-ball 81 while Duckett netted an unbeaten 42-ball 69 to lead England to an impressive 221-3 in their 20 overs after being sent to bat at the National Stadium.
Shan Masood led Pakistan’s recovery on 40 balls and 65 not outs, but they finished well short 158-8 from 20 overs to give England a 2-1 lead in the seven-game series.
The match proved an anti-climax for Pakistan’s big ten-wicket win in Thursday’s second game which avenged their first defeat by five wickets two days earlier, both in Karachi.
Fast bowler Mark Wood – playing for the first time since March this year following elbow surgery – fired Babar Azam (eight) and Haider Ali (three) while Mohammad Rizwan fell for eight and Iftikhar Ahmed six left the home side in shock at age 28. -4.
Wood finished with 3-24 while spinner Adil Rashid took 2-32.
Masood and Khushdil Shah (29) added 62 for the fifth wicket but the asking rate soared as England’s speed and spin attack continued to put pressure.
Masood’s move had three limits and four sixes.
Earlier, England posted the highest tally against Pakistan by any team in all T20Is by beating Sri Lanka 211-3 in Dubai 2013.
Debutant Will Jacks set the platform for England with a sparkling 20-ball 40 with eight limits before Brook and Duckett attacked the Pakistani bowlers.
Brook went over five sixes and eights while Duckett hit six and eights as the pair added 139 runs from just 69 balls – a record fourth wicket for England in all T20Is.
For Pakistan, leg spinner Usman Qadir was the bowlers’ pick with 2-48 while pacer Shahnawaz Dahani netted 62 runs in his four overs without a wicket.
Dahani’s numbers are the second worst by a Pakistani bowler in a T20I, just ahead of Usman Shinwari who conceded 63 in his four against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2019.
England are on their first tour of Pakistan since 2005.
The remaining matches are in Karachi (Sunday) and Lahore (September 28, 30 and October 2).

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