|3rd Twenty20 International, Karachi|
|England 221-3 (20 overs): Brooke 81* (35), Duckett 70* (42)|
|Pakistan 158-8 (20 overs): Masood 65* (40); Wood 3-24|
|England won by 63 runs; Lead Series 2-1|
Harry Brooke scored an unbeaten 81 off just 35 balls to help England lead 2-1 in the Twenty20 series against Pakistan with an easy 63-run win in Karachi.
The Yorkshire batsman showed a dazzling series of shots as England posted an impressive total of 221-3 in their 20 overs – their joint-fifth highest score in T20 cricket.
He was backed by Ben Duckett, who added 70 off 42 balls in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 139 in 69 balls, while debutant opener Will Jack scored 40 off 22 balls to get England off to a strong start.
Pakistan struggled early in their reply and were reduced to 28-4 during the powerplay, thanks to a comeback by Mark Wood.
The Durham pacer, playing his first international since March after two rounds of elbow surgery, scored 3-24 including captain Babar Azam, whose unbeaten 110 helped Pakistan to a resounding 10-wicket victory in the match. did. 2nd T20 on Thursday
Adil Rashid 2-32 and Reece Topley finished 1-22 in their first match of the series as Pakistan could only be reduced to 158-8 despite Shan Masood’s unbeaten half-century.
The fourth T20 of the seven-match series will be held in Karachi again on Sunday.
Brooke and Duckett stake claim
It has been a successful year for Brooke, who made his T20I debut against West Indies in January before bagging his maiden Test cap against South Africa earlier this month.
And with a T20 World Cup fast approaching, the 23-year-old gave a timely performance of his class to bolster his claims for a spot in the starting side.
Coming to five, his innings had eight fours and five huge sixes – two of which came off Usman Qadir.
The left-handed, right-arm partnership with Duckett appeared to bother Babar, who struggled to set up a field to stop the scoring.
The duck was the more robust section of the wicket, relying almost exclusively on the sweep or reverse-sweep to score, but still efficiently taking up the gap in the field with eight fours and a six.
Surrey opener Jack has been known as an international cricketer for some time and his steady innings on debut in England saw the run-rate barely drop below 10 per over, despite the early dismissals of Phil Salt and David Malan. Gave.
Wood’s impressive return also gives England reason for optimism, despite a six-month injury absence clocking in at 97mph as the short ball repeatedly causes problems for Pakistan’s batsmen.
With the likes of Chris Jordan, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone and permanent captain Jos Buttler still to return to the squad, England were suddenly faced with a flurry of selection problems with the World Cup less than a month away.
Poor start halted Pakistan’s hopes
Babar and Mohammad Rizwan were inspired in the second T20I when they steered Pakistan to a record 10-wicket win, but they scored just 16 runs between them here as a poor powerplay effectively ended the hosts’ chances.
Babar had already escaped the lead that Malan was unable to grasp for three runs, but in the next over he hit a straight bouncer from Wood on Topley at the deep third boundary.
Rizwan then saw his leg stump collapse with a fizzing topley delivery before Haider Ali pulled another vicious short delivery from Wood straight to square leg for diving Adil Rashid.
The short ball proved effective for Sam Curran as well as he lured Iftikhar Ahmed to play a looping shot straight to Topley at mid-off, to pacify the previously vocal home crowd.
Masood put up some resistance with an unbeaten 65 off 40 balls to cement his case for a permanent spot in Pakistan’s middle order, but only Khushdil Shah and Mohammad Nawaz also reached double digits.
A late flurry of wickets ensured a sneaky end to the game as compared to the fireworks seen 24 hours earlier.
‘We were ruthless’ – Feedback
Player of the match, England batsman Harry Brooke: “It was great to be out there and put on a match-winning performance.
“I was just trying to get Ben Duckett on strike against spin – he’s so good at sweeping it’s ridiculous. He hits the gap every time. It worked out really well.”
England captain Moeen Ali: “That was a great win. We were ruthless, especially with the bat.
He said, ‘The future is bright for England cricket, with the players we are playing.
“Mark Wood bowled serious, serious pace. It’s great to have him back, he’s a big part of our team. In the World Cup we need to fire him that way.”
Pakistan captain Babar Azam: “We tried to get off to a good start again but the early wickets put pressure on us.
“In situations like these we try to use the best bowlers we can but we weren’t perfect and England bowled really well.”
England bowler Mark Wood, speaking to Sky Sports: “It’s been a long time. With the intensity of international cricket I was feeling pretty tired at the end but I’d love to go again.
“Now the challenge is to make it back. The important thing is that it is not too difficult now and that means I am not ready for the World Cup. I have to reach the summit at the right time.”