Karachi: Middle-order batsmen Harry Brooke and Ben Duckett scored first half-centuries to help England win by 63 runs in the third Twenty20 against Pakistan in Karachi on Friday.
Brooke’s unbeaten 81 off 35 balls and Duckett’s unbeaten 69 off 42 balls saw England put into bat at the National Stadium to an impressive 221-3 in their 20 overs.
Shaun Masood led Pakistan’s recovery with an unbeaten 65 off 40 balls as they finished on 158-8 in 20 overs to give England a 2-1 lead in the seven-match series.
The match proved to be an anti-climax as Pakistan cruised to a massive ten-wicket win in the second game on Thursday, avenging their first-game defeat by five wickets in two matches in Karachi two days earlier.
Fast bowler Mark Wood — playing for the first time since March this year after elbow surgery — dismissed Babar Azam (eight) and Haider Ali (three), while Mohammad Rizwan fell for eight and Iftikhar Ahmed lost the hosts for six on 28. -4.
Wood finished with 3-24 while spinner Adil Rashid took 2-32.
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Masood and Khushdil Shah (29) added 62 runs for the fifth wicket, but the asking rate increased as England’s pace-cum-spin attack kept the pressure on.
Masood Knock has three boundaries and four sixes.
Earlier, England’s 211-3 in Dubai in 2013 was the highest score against Pakistan by any team in all T20Is.
Debutant Will Jacks set the stage for England with a brilliant 40 off 20 balls with eight boundaries.
Brook hit five sixes and eight boundaries while Duckett hit a six and eight boundaries as the pair added 139 runs off just 69 balls — a record fourth wicket for England in all T20Is.
For Pakistan, leg-spinner Usman Qadir picked the bowlers with 2-48, while pacer Shanwaz Dahani lost his four wickets and was dismissed for 62 runs.
Dahani’s figures are the second-worst by a Pakistani bowler in T20Is, just behind Usman Shinwari’s 63 in his four against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2019.
England are touring Pakistan for the first time since 2005.
The remaining matches are in Karachi (Sunday) and Lahore (September 28, 30 and October 2).