Third T20I: Brook, Duckett star as England defeat Pakistan by 63 runs



Middle-order batters Harry Brook and Ben Duckett smashed robust maiden half centuries as England defeated Pakistan by 63 runs in the third Twenty20 international against Pakistan in Karachi on Friday.

Batting first, England scored 221-3 and then re-stricted Pakistan to 158-8. Shan Masood remained not out on 66. Mark Wood picked up three wickets, while Adil Rashid took two.

Brook scored a 35-ball 81 not out while Duckett cracked an unbeaten 42-ball 69 after Pakistan won the toss and sent England in to bat at the National Stadium.

England lead the seven-match series 2-1 after they won the first fixture by six wickets, while Paki-stan took the second by 10 wickets, both in Karachi.

Debutant Will Jacks set the platform for England with a sparkling 20-ball 40 with eight boundaries before Brook and Duckett took the attack to the Pakistan bowlers.

Brook cracked 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 stand for England in all T20Is.—Agencies

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