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(Reuters) – England’s Harry Brook and Ben Duckett combined for a brilliant partnership and returning Mark Wood took three wickets as the visitors beat Pakistan by 63 in the third Twenty20 in Karachi on Friday to take a lead of 2-1 in the seven-game series.
With a mammoth 222 for the win, Pakistan were rocked early by the blistering pace of Wood (3-24), who missed the entire England summer with an elbow injury, when he knocked out Babar Azam (8) and Haider Ali (3) to let the hosts falter on 28-4.
Shan Masood (65 not out) briefly revived the chase with half a century of fighting, but the tally proved well out of reach for Pakistan, who had demolished England by 10 wickets 24 hours earlier.
After England were batted, Brook (81) and Duckett (70) smashed their first T20s of the 50s and shared an unbeaten 139 run for the fourth wicket to help England post 221- 3 after debutant Will Jacks (40) had given them a good start.
Leg spinner Usman Qadir (2-48) knocked out Jacks and Dawid Malan (14) in quick succession before Duckett and Brook made full use of a flat strike wicket and charged into the Pakistan attack with a game of sublime shots.
Brook was particularly impressive when he hit five sixes while Duckett used the sweep shot to devastating effect, helping himself to eight fours and a six on his 42-ball hit.
The teams will play Game 4 at the same venue on Sunday.
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